MANCHESTER CITY and Liverpool remain on a collision course for an all-English Champions League dream final.
Six-time winners Liverpool beat Benfica 6-4 on aggregate, while the Cityzens endured a tough clash with Atletico Madrid to reach the semi-finals.
And Jurgen Klopp’s men will certainly be keen on progressing when they meet Spanish club Villareal, who are in the last four for the first time.
And it’s another trip to Madrid for Pep Guardiola and his men as they take on record-breaking 13-time European champions Real.
The first leg of this encounter will be played at Etihad Stadium on either April 26th or 27th.
And the second takes place on May 3rd or 4th of the following week at the Bernabeu.
Liverpool also have home advantage in the first leg on April 26 or 27, with the second leg taking place in Spain on May 3 or 4.
The Anfield side, who have already won the Carabao Cup this season, are still chasing a unique quadruple while City still have the prospect of a treble.
The two rivals put on a stunning battle as they clashed last Sunday to continue their thrilling battle for the Premier League title.
Reigning champions City twice took the lead at the Etihad through Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus but first a goal from Diogo Jota and then Sadio Mane gave them a point from the 2-2 draw.
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That left the Reds a point behind Guardiola’s team with just seven games to go.
But football fans will get another chance to see her from head to toe again this Saturday.
They meet in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.
And of course, we could be just a few weeks away from the Goliaths meeting again in the Champions League final in Paris.
This showpiece takes place on May 28 – two weeks after either of them appeared in the FA Cup final.
De Bruyne’s goal in the first leg proved crucial as City kept their composure to prevail against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Tempers boiled over on several occasions when the Belgian and Kyle Walker both limped off the pitch, but it was Guardiola’s boys who celebrated full time after the goalless second leg.
Liverpool led 3-1 from the first leg when they welcomed Benfica to Anfield and the pair drew with Merseyside 3-3 in a thrilling manner.
Ibrahima Konate’s header extended the Reds’ lead before Goncalo Ramos equalized in the evening.
Roberto Firmino then scored twice in the second period but Roman Yaremchuk pulled one back and then Darwin Nunez scored a late equaliser.
But that still wasn’t enough to stop Liverpool advancing 6-4 on aggregate.
Klopp said afterwards: “The day we qualify for the Champions League semi-finals and I’m not happy, please come over here and knock me out.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5120458/man-city-liverpool-champions-league-fa-cup-title/ Man City and Liverpool are getting closer to the dream final of the European Championship with the title fight and the FA Cup semi-final on the horizon