Champions League draw keeps Real Madrid and Barcelona apart

Bixente Lizarazu was the first representative to join the stage at Friday’s draw for the Champions League semi-finals, when his Bayern Munich side were drawn out of the hat first. Ruud van Nistelrooy then drew Barcelona, meaning that we are set for two Germany vs. Spain semi-finals. Borussia Dortmund were drawn to host Real Madrid for the first leg, in a repeat from the group stages of the tournament, where Dortmund finished Group D ahead of the Spaniards.

The matches ended 2-2 at the Bernabeu, while Dortmund were able to make the most of their home advantage by beating Real 2-1 in October.

Real Madrid are vying for their 10th European title, 11 years after they last won the trophy with a 2-1 final win over Bayer Leverkusen in 2002, with Zinedine Zidane scoring the winning goal.

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal, meanwhile, stated that his side have added incentive to reach the final of this year’s competition.

Coach Tito Vilanova recently returned to the club after undergoing cancer treatment in America. Abidal, who himself only recently returned to action after a year out following a liver transplant, said: “We have to qualify, no two ways about it. We have to do it for Tito.

It is an honour to be here. Everything to do with illnesses affects me. They have to be researched. It has been shown that nothing is impossible.

The final will see the winners of the Dortmund -Real Madrid match recognised as the home team, with the winners of the Bayern Munich-Barcelona tie as their guests.

For more information on the draw, visit BBC Sport.

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