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Guardiola to play Barcelona in Champions League

Guardiola will take on former club Barcelona. Credit: PA

Holders Real Madrid will play Juventus in the semi-final of the Champions League while Pep Gaurdiola's Bayern Munich have been drawn against his former club, Barcelona.

First leg ties take place on the 5th and 6th of May with the return matches scheduled for the 12th and 13th of May.

Real Madrid are attempting to become the first team in Champions League history to retain the trophy.

Semi-final draw:

  • Barcelona v Bayern Munich
  • Juventus v Real Madrid


Four Real Madrid first team stars set to miss Atletico tie

Real Madrid are without the injured Gareth Bale. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luke Modric and Marcelo for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico.

The defending champions host neighbours Atletico following last week's goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon knowing that conceding a goal on Wednesday will make their task even more difficult because of the away goals rule.

Even more concerning for Madrid, they have failed to beat Atletico for seven consecutive games and this is something which must change for them to progress unless they win a penalty shootout.

Bale ruled out of Champions League Madrid derby

Bale is out. Credit: PA

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has a calf injury and will miss this week's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, the club said on Monday.

Bale limped off early in Real's 3-1 victory over Malaga in La Liga on Saturday and is expected to be out of action for up to three weeks.

"He has been diagnosed with an injury to the calf muscle of the left leg," Real said in a statement on their website.

Midfielder Luka Modric is also injured and striker Karim Benzema is a fitness doubt for the Atletico game on Wednesday with the tie level at 0-0 from the first leg.

Luka Modric knee injury a real worry for Madrid

Real Madrid have confirmed that Luka Modric has strained ligaments in his right knee and must now wait to see when the influential midfielder will be available again.

Luka's face screams "pain". Credit: Reuters

Modric, who only came back from a four-month injury lay-off in March, was substituted in the second half of Real's 3-1 home win over Malaga on Saturday after damaging his knee in a challenge with visiting midfielder Recio.

The Croatia international underwent tests on Sunday morning and, while Madrid have not given any estimate on how long Modric might be out for, reports in Spain suggest he could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

A club statement read:

Following tests carried out on Luka Modric at the La Moraleja Sanitas Hospital by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been found to have a strain to the medial collateral ligament of his right knee. His situation will be monitored.

– Real Madrid statement

Champions League: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo was frustrated. Credit: PA

Keeper Jan Oblak was Atletico Madrid's hero as he denied city neighbours Real a priceless away goal in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final showdown.

The 22-year-old Slovenian pulled off two vital first-half saves, the first of them at point-blank range, to deny Gareth Bale and enable Atletico to extend their unbeaten record against Carlo Ancelotti's men this season to seven games.

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins appeal over yellow card

Real Madrid's appeal against a yellow card shown to forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday's 2-0 La Liga win at Rayo Vallecano has been granted by the Spanish soccer federation, the club said on Friday.

Ronaldo was booked for Credit: PA

The federation's decision means Ronaldo, the top scorer in Spain top flight this season with 37 goals, can play in Saturday's game at home to Eibar.

It was the Portugal captain's fifth booking and would have resulted in a one-match suspension.

Ronaldo was cautioned after the referee ruled he had dived to try to win a penalty although television replays clearly showed he had been felled by a Rayo defender.

The RFEF Competition Committee has upheld the appeal submitted by Real Madrid against the yellow card shown to Cristiano Ronaldo in the match against Rayo Vallecano.

– Real Madrid statement

With a win over La Liga debutants Eibar, second-placed Real can close to within a point of leaders Barcelona, who play at fifth-placed Sevilla later on Saturday.

Real Madrid appeal Cristiano Ronaldo diving caution

Real Madrid are appealing against a one-match ban handed down to Cristiano Ronaldo in the hope that the Portuguese striker will be available to play against Eibar on Saturday.

Ronaldo was cautioned after taking a tumble in the box. Credit: PA

Ronaldo was booked for diving in the 51st minute of Wednesday's 2-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano.

Real believed he should have been awarded a penalty instead of being shown a yellow card following a challenge from Rayo defender Antonio Amaya.

The caution was Ronaldo's fifth booking, which results in an automatic one-match ban.

A statement from Real Madrid read: "Real Madrid will appeal the yellow card that Cristiano Ronaldo received in yesterday's game against Rayo in Vallecas."

Ronaldo scores eight-minute hat-trick as Real Madrid win 9-1

Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick in Real Madrid's 9-1 win Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick as he netted five times in Real Madrid's 9-1 win over Granada at the Bernabéu today.

The Portuguese winger scored three times before the break and bagged another two in the second half.

Wales star Gareth Bale gave Los Blancos the lead as the goal-rush began.

Karim Benzema scored twice before Robert Ibanez pulled one back for the visitors, only for Diego Mainz to net an own goal and Ronaldo hit his fifth to complete a miserable afternoon for Granada.

The win closes the gap between Real Madrid and La Liga leaders Barcelona to one point.

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