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Champions League: Barcelona v Bayern, Juventus v Real Madrid

Barcelona have been drawn against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

The other last-four tie sees Juventus – in their first semi-final since 2003 – face Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid, the defending champions.

The first legs will be played on 5 and 6 May, with the return matches a week later.

In the Europa League, holders Sevilla face Fiorentina, while Rafael Benitez’s Napoli are up against Ukraine’s Dnipro.

Bayern boss Guardiola won 14 trophies as a manager – including the Champions League in 2009 and 2011 – during four years at Barcelona.

He has reached the Champions League semi-finals in each of his six seasons as a manager, four with Barca and now two with Bayern.

The Catalan said: “Everyone understands how special this game is for me, for [midfielder] Thiago and my staff.

“Barcelona was our life. Barcelona is my home.

“Barcelona are the best team at the moment. I am not surprised. He (Luis Enrique) has a lot of quality. He is a great guy and I am happy I will be facing him.”

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Champions League: Manaco 0-0 Juventus (agg 0-1)

Treble-chasing Juventus reached a first Champions League semi-final since 2003 as they defended solidly to earn a second-leg goalless draw in Monaco.

The runaway Serie A leaders, who are also in the Italian Cup final against Lazio, led 1-0 after the first leg through Arturo Vidal’s penalty.

The hosts dominated possession for the majority but rarely tested Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Home substitute Dimitar Berbatov did have a shot smothered after the break.

The Old Lady have become the first Italian side to reach the semi-final since Inter Milan won the competition back in 2010.

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Champions League: Juventus 1-0 Manaco

Juventus will take a narrow lead to Monaco for their Champions League last-eight second leg after Arturo Vidal’s penalty split the sides in Turin.

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco wasted a clear opening for the visitors before Carlos Tevez fluffed a volley for Juve.

Vidal, who had blazed over just before the break, then blasted home an emphatic penalty following Ricardo Carvalho’s trip on Alvaro Morata.

Dimitar Berbatov headed just over but Monaco were mostly kept at bay.

Leonardo Jardim, the Principality side’s manager, claimed that the result was a “big injustice” with the decisive spot-kick “inexistent”.

Repeated viewings suggested Carvalho tripped Morata fractionally outside the penalty area, but it would be hard to blame referee Pavel Kralovec on such a marginal call.

Juventus might also have argued that as the last defender, Carvalho was fortunate to see only yellow for the foul.

Monaco had enough chances to return home level, regardless of the official’s decision.

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Champions League: Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Juventus had to settle for a narrow first-leg lead after missing a several good chances against Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Carlos Tevez put the Italians ahead after Roman Weidenfeller spilled at his feet, but Dortmund soon struck back.

Marco Reus exploited Giorgio Chiellini’s slip to scamper in and shoot home just three minutes later.

Alvaro Morata’s careful finish put Juve back in front and the hosts could have stretched away in the second half.

After the break, Tevez went close on three occasions, Chiellini rose unmarked to head over the top and Roberto Pereyra shot just wide.

But the Italians ultimately failed to exploit Dortmund’s fragility and will take only a one-goal advantage to Germany.

The win took the Serie A champions’ unbeaten home run to 47 games and they made the fast start that a simmering atmosphere at the Juventus Stadium demanded.

With defenders back in numbers there appeared little danger for Dortmund despite Morata escaping the attentions of his man on the left.

But the Spaniard’s well-hit shot and Dortmund goalkeeper Weidenfeller’s fumble presented Tevez with a simple finish five yards out.

A woeful run of domestic form left them bottom of the Bundesliga at the start of 2015 but Dortmund have kept faith with a pressing game and their energy soon delivered parity.

Chiellini lost his footing as he attempted to control a routine ball forward and Reus, who has recently agreed a contract extension with the Germans,  raced in on goal and coolly beat Gianluigi Buffon.

The visitors enjoyed more of the possession for the rest of the half but never looked secure at the back.

Leonardo Bonucci headed over from a good position for Juventus, and Dortmund were caught out again by a swift counter-attack just before the break as Morata was left free to side-foot home from six yards.

Dortmund continued to be undermined as Weidenfeller and his defence wobbled through to the end of the tie but, with an away goal secured, they will hope the Westfalenstadion can inspire them to the quarter-finals.

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Champions League: ManCity v Barcelona, PSG v Chelsea, Arsenal v Monaco

Man City draw Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League for the second year in a row with Chelsea to face PSG and Arsenal get Monaco.

Arsenal will take on Monaco, while defending champions Real Madrid face Schalke with Bayern Munich drawn to play Shakhtar Donetsk.

Champions League last-16 draw

Paris St-Germain v Chelsea
Manchester City v Barcelona
Paris St-Germain v Atletico Madrid
Juventus v Borussia Dortmund
Schalke v Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich
Arsenal v Monaco
Basel v Porto

The first legs of the last 16 ties will take place on February 17/18 and 24/25, with the return matches on March 10/11 and 17/18.

Chelsea, as a seeded group winner, will be away in the first leg with Arsenal and City at home, having finished as runners-up in their respective groups.

Arsene Wenger had admitted before this morning’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland, that he was hoping to face Monaco, whom Arsenal have never played before and where Wenger was in charge between 1987 and 1994, winning the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France.

“I don’t think many people want Real Madrid,” he said. “I don’t want Bayern Munich and I am sure they don’t want us as well. I am not against Monaco.

“I have great memories from my time there. They gave me a chance when I was a very young manager. When I arrived they had never passed the first round in the European Cup; we had good times.

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Premiership: Mauricio Isla: QPR sign Juventus defender on season-long loan

Newly-promoted Premier League side Queens Park Rangers have signed Juventus defender Mauricio Isla on a season-long loan.

The Chile international, 26, has joined the west London club with a view to a permanent transfer.

He has completed a medical at Loftus Road and is currently in Italy to receive a working visa.

“I am very happy to be here – this is the start off an exciting new adventure for me,” he said.

Hoops manager Harry Redknapp said: “He’s a top player and we’re delighted to have him here.

“He showed his quality in the World Cup for Chile and it’s a great loan signing for us.”

Isla, who started all four of Chile’s matches at this year’s Fifa World Cup and has 51 caps, is QPR’s fourth summer signing.

Premiership : Manchester United: Patrice Evra joins Juventus for £1.2m

Patrice Evra has completed a £1.2m move to Juventus from Manchester United.

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The France left-back, 33, has signed a two-year contract with the Italian champions, ending his eight-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford.

“Playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true, and my time there has been so memorable,” he said.

Evra joined United in January 2006 from Monaco for £5.5m and won five Premier League titles.

He signed a one-year extension to his contract in May but asked to leave when Juventus approached United over his availability.

Evra would have been competing for a starting berth next season against £27m signing Luke Shaw.

“After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave,” Evra said.

“It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.”

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Premiership : Patrice Evra : Likely to Join Juventus After Asking to Leave

Patrice Evra has asked Manchester United to be allowed to leave and end eight successful years at Old Trafford due to personal reasons, with the Frenchman effectively forcing through an expected £2m move to Juventus.

Patrice Evra

At the close of last season United exercised an option on Evra’s contract to extend his stay at the club for a further year. While the 33-year-old has not made an official transfer request, Evra asked that the United should not stand in his way, a request to which the club have reluctantly acceded.

The left-back has decided that, due to his wife wishing to move away from the area, the time is right to end a United career in which he has won five Premier Leagues, the Champions League and three League Cups.

Juventus are expected to pay £2m for him and offer around £55,000 a week in what will be an initial two-year deal.

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