The UEFA Champions League quarter-final ties are done and dusted. Exciting and thrilling nights of finest football have proved once more that the UCL nights never disappoint. After the magnificent display of consistent football, Man City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Villarreal have made it through to the final four.
The UEFA Champions League will feature the Semi-Final ties over two leg battles in the form of Manchester City vs. Real Madrid and Liverpool vs. Villarreal. The two English giants will face the two La Liga clubs to book their places for the biggest Final of the season.
UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals Fixture, Date, Time, and Venue
Before the UEFA Champions League semi-final match days, here’s all you need to know.
UCL Semi-Finals 1st Legs
|Manchester City vs. Real Madrid||Tuesday, 26 April 2022||7:00 pm GMT, 3:00 pm ET||Etihad Stadium, Man City|
|Liverpool vs. Villarreal||Wednesday, 27 April 2022||7:00 pm GMT, 3:00 pm ET||Anfield Stadium, Liverpool|
UCL Semi-Finals 2nd Legs
|Villarreal vs Liverpool||Tuesday, 3 May 2022||7:00 pm GMT, 3:00 pm ET||Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal|
|Real Madrid vs Manchester City||Wednesday, 4 May 2022||7:00 pm GMT, 3:00 pm ET||Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid|
The Champions League semi-final ties will come back this April. The first legs of the ties will be held on 26th and 27th April, when the two Spanish clubs will visit England. Then, the return legs will be held a week later, on the 3rd and 4th of May, when the two English top guns will visit Spain.
Each team will play a home match and an away match in the span of two legs. There will be no Away Goals rule in the UCL this season. Hence, the total score on aggregate over two legs will count to take away the winners.
UCL Semi-Final Real Madrid vs. Manchester City
The mouth-watering semi-final tie of Real Madrid vs Manchester City will be held on 26 April and 4 May, over two legs. The Spanish giants will visit Manchester for the first leg of this tie, who will host the second leg a week later in the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid’s 13 times UCL winners have qualified for the semi-finals, well on track to add one more trophy to the cabinet. They beat the London club Chelsea in the quarter-finals tie by 5-4 goals on aggregate after a thrilling second-leg night at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid won the first leg by 3-1 goals at Stamford Bridge, Karim Benzema scoring an incredible hat-trick for the visiting side.
In the second leg, the London Blues turned the match on its head, 3-0 ahead in 75 minutes, leading by 4-3 goals on aggregate. But the drama was yet to unfold as the Madrid boys held on, scoring a goal to make it 4-4 level, pushing the game into extra time. It was Benzema’s night who scored an unstoppable header to make it 5-4 on aggregate to lead Madrid to the semi-finals. This French goal-machine has scored 4 goals out of their 5 in two legs, 2nd highest scorer with 12 goals in the UCL this season.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will be aiming for a 2nd consecutive final appearance in the Champions League. The Manchester Blues are yet to lift the Champions League trophy as they were beaten by Chelsea in the final last season.
Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals by 1-0 goals on aggregate. Kevin de Bruyne got the only goal of this tie in the first leg at home. They maintained the lead after a fierce battle for a 0-0 draw in the second leg in the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid. The EPL topper will visit Madrid once more to face the La Liga topper in the semi-finals.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City should be the most exciting battle of this season’s Champions League. Fans all across the globe will witness the finest football on the earth as the two toppers of two regions clash head to head for a spot in the final.
UCL Semi-Final Liverpool vs. Villarreal
The English Reds will take on the Spanish Yellow Submarines in the Champions League semi-finals on 27 April and 3 May. Villarreal will visit Anfield for the first leg against Liverpool and host the second leg a week later.
Unai Emery’s side has made the biggest upset in the Champions League this season on their way to the semi-finals. They have defeated the German top guns Bayern Munich by 2-1 goals on aggregate, qualifying for the final four for the second time in history. The Spanish side are a surprise team in the semi-finals; not many pundits have predicted in favor of them. However, they have shown the beauty of European football by defeating Bayern 1-0 in the home leg and scoring a late stunner for a 2-1 win on aggregate in the away leg. It is sure that the Yellow Submarines are capable enough to drown the English ship on their way to the final.
Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool has very important weeks ahead as they will compete for several titles like the EPL, UCL, and the FA cup. They are only a point behind the table topper Man City in the EPL table with 7 matches to go. They will face the same opponent in the FA cup semi-finals. Again, they will face Villarreal for a spot in the Champions League final. The 6 times UCL winners will certainly fancy their chances to win all the titles this season. The Reds are in the semi-finals defeating Benfica by 6-4 goals on aggregate.
Liverpool are expected to dominate the tie against Villarreal in a sweating battle.