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Old foes to face off in Champions League

Reuters, ZURICH, Switzerland

Real Madrid were given a chance to avenge last season’s Champions League semi-final defeat by Borussia Dortmund when the teams were drawn against each other yesterday in the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament.

Dortmund, who won the first leg 4-1 on the way to a 4-3 aggregate victory, are to visit the Bernabeu for the first leg on April 1 or 2, with the return a week later.

Titleholders Bayern Munich were paired with Manchester United, a meeting that will inevitably spark memories of their 1999 final when United scored two goals at the death to win 2-1.

Paris Saint-Germain are to face Chelsea and the remaining tie is an all-Spanish affair between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the teams’ first-ever meeting in European competition.

Bayern, who are on course for a Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble for the second season in a row, promised they would not be taking United likely despite their domestic problems.

“We should not be blinded by their current position in the league because they have outstanding players,” Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said. “We have to perform according to what we can and if we do that we have good chances of reaching the semi-finals.”

EUROPA LEAGUE

AP, NYON, Switzerland

Juventus were drawn to face Lyon in the Europa League quarter-finals as the Italian champions look to stay on course to play the final in their own stadium.

Porto are to meet Sevilla in a matchup between two former winners, while SL Benfica are to take on AZ of the Netherlands, and Basel are to play Valencia.

Juventus were the team everyone wanted to avoid in yesterday’s draw, with Antonio Conte’s side 14 points clear in Serie A and likely to retain their Italian title with some ease.

Lyon won seven straight league championships in France from 2002 to 2008, but are not the force of old and will be the underdogs over the two legs on April 3 and 10.

Juventus have added motivation to win Europe’s second-tier competition for a fourth time as the final is to be held at Juventus Stadium on May 14.

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