Who advances to the Champions League semi-finals?
By Guardian Exclusive
20 March 2021 | 6:36 am
Friday’s Champions League draws drew up some interesting quarter-final clashes. Holders Bayern Munich will face last year’s beaten finalists Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool take on their conquerors in the 2018 final Real Madrid, Premier League leaders Manchester City are up against Borussia Dortmund, while Chelsea will square up against Portuguese giants Porto. Solomon Fowowe and Sola Oyeniyi discussed the draws and shared their thoughts on who may likely progress to the last-four of the world’s most glamorous club competition.
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