Man Utd to face Messi again in Champions League quarters
March 16, 2019 09:36 AM NPT
The results of the draw for the Champions league quarterfinal is displayed on a screen in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday. Photo: AFP/Rss
NYON, March 16: Barcelona will meet Manchester United in the Champions League last eight in a repeat of the 2009 and 2011 finals which were both won by the Catalans, with the help of goals from Lionel Messi.
Manchester City faces Tottenham Hotspur in an all-Premier League clash, their first-ever European meeting, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus meets Ajax Amsterdam, who is back in the last eight after a 16-year absence.
Liverpool, the fourth English representative, will face Porto in a repeat of last year’s last 16 tie which it won 5-0 on aggregate.
The semifinal pairings were also made with Tottenham or City to face Ajax or Juventus and Manchester United or Barcelona to meet either Liverpool or Porto.
The draw had an unusual feel with neither Bayern Munich nor Real Madrid in the hat, the first time both European giants have failed to reach the last eight since 2005-06.
Barcelona, who is in the last eight for the 12th successive season, will be away in the first leg after UEFA switched the order to avoid United’s home match clashing with Manchester City, who hosts Spurs in its second leg.
Ajax, once a major European power who struggle to compete financially with clubs from bigger leagues, ousted Real Madrid in the last 16 and their tie against Juventus will be a repeat of the 1996 final, which the Serie A club won on penalties.
They also met in the final of the old European Cup in 1973 with the Dutch side winning 1-0.
Remarkably, Juventus is unbeaten in its last ten meetings with Ajax, winning five of the last six.