Football: Action hots up in Champions League QF second round
Monday, April 07, 2014
ANTALYA - Second leg matches in UEFA Champions League quarter final phase will be played on 8-9 April.
English team Chelsea will host France's Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. The game at Stamford Bridge will kick off at 20:45 CET. Paris Saint-Germain may lack their ace, Swedish powerhouse Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is unable to play for the return match in London due to injury. It is expected that PSG's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani will replace Ibrahimovic. Meanwhile for Chelsea, Brazilian midfielder Ramires is suspended for the match. The first leg in Paris ended as a 3-1 triumph for the home side.
On the same day, German team Borussia Dortmund will meet Spanish giants Real Madrid in Germany. The game in Dortmund will kick off at 20:45 CET. Dortmund's many regulars, such as German left-back Marcel Schmelzer, Sven Bender and Turkish-German central midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, are unavailable due to injury. In addition to these players, the German club's defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl is suspended for this match and their goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller may miss the game due to a hand injury. Real Madrid's Brazilian left-back Marcelo, right-back Alvaro Arbeloa and forward Jese will miss the match due to injury. Real Madrid won the first leg 3-0 in Madrid.
On Wednesday, Atletico Madrid will encounter Catalan team Barcelona at home. The game in Madrid will kick off at 20:45 CET. Atletico Madrid fans' favourite, Turkish star Arda Turan, might be unavailable for this match over a suspected groin strain. Meanwhile two Barcelona regulars, defender Gerard Pique and goalkeeper Victor Valdes, are unable to play against Atletico Madrid owing to injury. The first match in Barcelona ended as a 1-1 draw.
Last year's winners of UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich will host Manchester United on Wednesday. The showdown in Bayern's home ground will kick off at 20:45 CET. Bayern will lack many regulars, such as two suspended players Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and two injured ones, Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri. Meanwhile Manchester United's Dutch forward Robin van Persie will miss the match because of injury. The first leg in Manchester ended as a 1-1 draw.
Fixtures for the second-leg matches in UEFA Champions League quarter final phase is as follows:
Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain at 20:45 CET
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid at 20:45 CET
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona at 20:45 CET
Bayern Munich vs Manchester United at 20:45 CET
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