Champions League semi-finals: final four confirmed – UEFA Champions League – News

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Ajax, Barcelona, Liverpool and Tottenham are this season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists.

2018/19 semi-finals
Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax
Barcelona v Liverpool

The semi-final first legs will be played on Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May, with the returns taking place the following week. Specific match dates will be confirmed in due course.

Ajax (NED)




Highlights: Juventus 1-2 Ajax


Highlights: Juventus 1-2 Ajax

UEFA ranking: 20
This season: P16 W9 D6 L1 F32 A14 (including qualifying)
Top scorer: Dušan Tadić (6, or 9 including qualifying)
Last semi-final: 1996/97, L1-6 v Juventus
European Cup semi-final record: W6 L2
European Cup best: winners x4 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995)
Top #UCLfantasy scorer: Dušan Tadić (55 points)

Why they might win it: They dethroned champions Real Madrid, and then stopped Cristiano Ronaldo in his tracks, so what else is left to fear?

Barcelona (ESP)




Highlights: Barcelona 3-0 Man. United


Highlights: Barcelona 3-0 Man. United

UEFA ranking: 2
This season: P10 W7 D3 L0 F23 A6
Top scorer: Lionel Messi (10)
Last semi-final: 2014/15, W5-3 v Bayern München
European Cup semi-final record: W7 L8
European Cup best: winners x5 (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Top #UCLfantasy scorer: Lionel Messi (64 points)

Why they might win it: Messi has never had to wait more than four years between European titles – why start now?

Liverpool (ENG)




Roberto Firmino added to his tally in Porto


Roberto Firmino added to his tally in Porto©Getty Images

UEFA ranking: 12
This season: P10 W6 D1 L3 F18 A9
Top scorer: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah (4)
Last semi-final: 2017/18, W7-6 v Roma
European Cup semi-final record: W8 L2
European Cup best: winners x5 (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005)
Top #UCLfantasy scorer: Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah (39 points)

Why they might win it: Last season’s runners-up have lost none of their attacking edge, but now have added steel at the back.

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)




Fernando Llorente and Mauricio Pochettino


Fernando Llorente and Mauricio Pochettino©Getty Images

UEFA ranking: 18
This season: P10 W5 D2 L3 F17 A14
Top scorer: Harry Kane (5)
Last semi-final: 1961/62, L3-4 v Benfica
European Cup semi-final record: W0 L1
European Cup best: semi-finals (1962)
Top #UCLfantasy scorer: Harry Kane (37 points)

Why they might win it: Having eliminated both Dortmund and Manchester City, this looks to be a side primed for knockout football.



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