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By Adedapo Adesanya

European football enthusiasts will witness the re-enactment of last year’s Union of the European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League final at this year’s competition as defending champions, Bayern Munich face finalists, Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-final following a draw held today in Nyon, Switzerland.

In another round of an expected thriller, fans will also see the two finalists in 2018 slug it out as Real Madrid welcome Liverpool, who went on to win the competition in 2019.

Madrid triumphed 3-1 in the encounter in Kyiv in 2018. Karim Benzema’s opening goal was cancelled out by Sadio Mané, but two further strikes from substitute Gareth Bale gave the Spanish outfit the trophy for the 13th time.

2004 winners, FC Porto of Portugal will welcome 2012 winners, Chelsea FC of England in the first leg at its stadium, the Estádio do Dragão while the return leg will be played in Stamford Bridge.

Another English Premier League heavyweight, Manchester City FC will face German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund in a bid to make it to the last four.

Champions League quarter-final draw

Semi-Finals?

The draw also mapped out how the semi-finals of the competition will be played.

QF 3 v QF 1: Bayern Munich or PSG v Man City or Dortmund

QF 4 v QF 2: Real or Liverpool v Porto or Chelsea

Dates?

Quarter-finals

First legs: 6/7 April

Second legs: 13/14 April

Semi-finals

First legs: 27/28 April

Second legs: 4/5 May.

Final

The final of the prestigious event will be played on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at a time yet to be determined by UEFA. The match will however be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, where Liverpool won the competition in 2005 on penalties after staging a 3-3 comeback against AC Milan.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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