Who could Liverpool face in the Champions League semi-finals?

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Liverpool will find out who they will face in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Friday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the other sides in the draw for the last four.

Roma

Liverpool famously beat Roma in the Italians’ own stadium to win the European Cup in 1984 and drawing them again would be an intriguing tie for Reds top scorer Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian has scored 39 goals in an outstanding season since leaving the Stadio Olimpico for Anfield in a £34million deal last summer. Roma, fourth in Serie A, reached the semis by producing a stunning fightback against Barcelona.

Trailing 4-1 after the first leg at the Nou Camp, the Giallorossi recovered to go through on away goals by winning 3-0 at home.

It is the first time they have reached the last four since that final defeat by Liverpool 34 years ago, when Bruce Grobbelaar’s jelly legs provided the defining image of the penalty shoot-out.

Real Madrid

Another opponent beaten by Liverpool in a past final, with the Spanish giants overcome by an Alan Kennedy goal in Paris in 1981.

But 12-time European champions Real – winners of the competition three times in the last four years – are now clear favourites, once again, following the quarter-final exits of Barcelona and Manchester City.

Zinedine Zidane’s men may currently be fourth in LaLiga but they remain a formidable force with five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo as prolific as ever with 40 goals to his name in club football this season.

They made hard work of their quarter-final squandering a 3-0 first leg lead to Juventus lead before Ronaldo kept his cool to score an injury-time penalty to seal a 4-3 aggregate win.

Bayern Munich

Liverpool and Bayern Munich have 10 European Cups, and 17 final appearances, between them but have only been drawn against each once previously in Europe’s top club competition.

That was in the 1981 semi-finals when Liverpool went through on away goals after both legs were drawn.

Manager Jupp Heynckes led the Bavarians to the title in 2013 and they have made efficient progress this year.

After beating Sevilla 2-1 in their quarter-final first leg in Spain, Bayern were in control of their quarter-final and a goalless draw was enough to see them through.

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Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes is not picky about who his side will face in the Champions League semi-finals.

The German champions booked their spot in the last four for the seventh time in the last nine years after a goalless draw with Sevilla in the second leg of their quarter-final sent them through 2-1 on aggregate.

Liverpool, Roma or Real Madrid wait in the next round but Heynckes knows a tough encounter lies in wait, whoever they are pitted against.

He said at his post-match press conference, reported on UEFA’s Twitter feed: “No coach ever has a preference. Look at what happened to Barcelona yesterday. The games will be tight.

“You saw yesterday in Manchester and Rome that anything can happen. You cannot underestimate any team that has qualified for a semi-final.

“Of course we are ambitious and want to reach the final.

“The semi-final games will be tough – but we have the ambition and the motivation to face up to those challenges.

“Some big teams have gone out. There are always surprises in the Champions League. I think we have a good chance. My players have big ambitions to win.”

It was far from a vintage Bayern display as they were kept from scoring in the opening 45 minutes for only the third time in 50 games, while they also were denied victory on home soil for just the third time this season.

For Sevilla, it could have been different had Joaquin Correa’s header gone in instead of hitting the crossbar, but in truth a comeback never looked likely.

They also ended with 10 men when Correa’s evening got worse after a late tackle on Javi Martinez saw him dismissed.

Heynckes was, though, happy with a clean sheet.

He added: “Sevilla played a good game today and showed they had belief, despite losing the first leg 2-1.

“We showed fight with our performance today.

“I’m very happy that we didn’t concede because that’s something I demanded from my team. You have to keep a clean sheet in games like this.

“The goalless draw was enough for us to go through today. We didn’t let ourselves get flustered and become nervous.

“Sevilla had some good moments, but sometimes you just need to keep a clean sheet. That’s what I told the players and that was enough tonight.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo insists referee Michael Oliver was right to award Real Madrid the injury-time penalty which he dispatched to send his side through to the Champions League semi-finals.

After Juventus had wiped out Real’s three-goal advantage from the first leg with a Mario Mandzukic double and Blaise Matuidi’s second-half goal, Lucas Vazquez was bundled over in the box by Mehdi Benatia in the third minute of added time and Oliver pointed to the spot.

Ronaldo showed great composure to fire the ball past substitute Wojciech Szczesny – who had replaced Gianluigi Buffon after he was sent off for protesting the decision – to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory.

The protests, which lasted several minutes, made little sense to Ronaldo who waited patiently for his chance to wrap up the tie.

“I don’t understand why they are protesting,” he said in quotes published by Marca.

“Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don’t give him the penalty, it’s a goal.

“The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I’d be decisive.”

Ronaldo knew his side would have to fight until the final whistle against a team as good as Juventus.

Despite the 3-1 defeat on the night, the Portugal forward is grateful to be through to the last four of the competition they won in Cardiff last year.

“We have suffered, but it helps us to learn,” he added.

“In football, nothing is given away, you have to fight until the end.

“Madrid could’ve scored more goals but Juve and Buffon were good.”

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