Madrid city derby - Juventus vs Monaco in Champions League semis

April 22, 2017
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (front) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League quarter-final first-leg match against FC Bayern Munich in Munich, Germany on April 12.
@Normal:Juventus' Paulo Dybala (right) celebrates with teammate Leonardo Bonucci after scoring a penalty kick during a Champions League round-of-16 match.


Defending champions Real Madrid will meet city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League in a rematch of last season's final.

The Spanish teams also met in the 2014 final, with Real winning both times.

The draw yesterday pitted Juventus and Monaco in the other semi-final.

Real and Monaco will play the first legs at home, with one game on May 2 and another on May 3.

The return legs will be the following week.

The Madrid clubs have faced each other in the last three Champions Leagues. Real also defeated Atletico in the 2015 quarter-finals.

In its seventh straight semi-final, Real are trying to become the first team to repeat as champions since the competition's new format was created in 1992. They won a record-extending 11th title last season.

Atletico are seeking their first title. In addition to the defeats against Real, they also lost to Bayern Munich in the 1974 final.

Two-time champion Juventus are trying to return to the final since losing the final to Barcelona in 2015. That year, they eliminated Monaco in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 aggregate score.

The Italian champions are looking for their first European title since 1996.

Monaco are in the semifinals for the first time since they lost the 2004 final to FC Porto.

The final is in Cardiff on June 3.

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