Football: Real face Juventus, Barcelona v Bayern in Champions League semis

LONDON (REUTERS, AFP) - Holders Real Madrid will face Juventus and Barcelona take on Bayern Munich in football's Champions League semi-finals following the draw made at Uefa headquarters in Switzerland on Friday.

Real, seeking an 11th title, will be at home in the second leg against the Italian side, who are making their first appearance in the semis for 12 years.

The other tie, with the first leg in Spain, is a repeat of the 2013 semi when Bayern hammered Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate before going on to beat Borussia Dortmund to win their fifth European Cup.

"Of course, it will be very tough. It would be unfair to say Real or Juve would be easier," Paul Breitner, Bayern's representative at the draw, said.

"On Tuesday we played one of the best halves in the history of the Champions League (scoring five goals against Porto). We have to do that over the entire two games against Barcelona."

The two semi-final legs will take place on May 5-6 and 12-13 with the final in Berlin on June 6.

Meanwhile, the draw for the semi-finals of the Europa League kept alive the possibility of an all-Italian final, as Serie A sides Napoli and Fiorentina avoided each other.

Rafa Benitez's Napoli will take on Dnipro of Ukraine, while Fiorentina will face holders Sevilla in the semi-finals, with the first legs to be played on Thursday, May 7 and the second legs on Thursday, May 14.

Napoli, who are through to their first European semi-final since the side captained by Diego Maradona won the Uefa Cup in 1989, will be favourites to beat a Dnipro outfit appearing in their first continental semi-final.

Coach Rafa Benitez is looking to win yet another European trophy, having led Valencia to the Uefa Cup in 2004 before winning the Champions League with Liverpool a year later and then the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina's reward for beating Dynamo Kiev and reaching their first semi-final since the 2008 Uefa Cup is a clash with the holders, with the first leg to come in Spain.

Having beaten Benfica on penalties in last year's final in Turin, Sevilla remain on course to repeat their achievement of 2006 and 2007, when they won the Uefa Cup in consecutive years.

There has not been an all-Italian European final since AC Milan beat Juventus on penalties to win the Champions League in 2003. However, there were four all-Italian finals in the Uefa Cup in the 1990s.

The final will be played in the Polish capital Warsaw on May 27. For the first time, the winners of the Europa League will qualify for next season's Champions League.

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