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Official: Real Madrid face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals

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In their quest for the 15th UEFA Champions League crown, Real Madrid have learned who they will be facing at the quarterfinal stage of the competition.

The draw for the Champions League quarterfinals took place today and as fate would have it, the Merengues have been paired up against Manchester City in the final-eight stages.

Along with Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and PSG made it through to the quarterfinals.

And it is current holders Manchester City that Real Madrid will be facing in the next round.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side made it through to this stage after beating RB Leipzig 2-1 on aggregate last week. As for their quarterfinal opponents, they saw off Copenhagen in the Round of 16 to set up a date against the Merengues.

Real Madrid faltered against Manchester City in the semi-finals last season and will be eager to avoid a similar fate.

The first leg will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the return fixture to be played at the Etihad. Should Real Madrid get through, they will face the winners of Arsenal vs Bayern Munich in the semifinals.

The quarterfinals will take place on April 9/10 (first leg) and April 16/17 (second leg). The semi-finals will be played on April 30/May 1 (first leg) and May 7/8 (second leg). The finals will be played at Wembley on June 1.

UCL QF Draw in full:

QF1: Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
QF2: Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
QF3: Real Madrid vs Manchester City
QF4: PSG vs Barcelona

UCL SF Draw:

SF1: QF2 vs QF4
SF2: QF1 vs QF3

UCL Finals: SF1 vs SF2

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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