The 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League semi-finalists have been decided and the stage is set for the remaining four teams in the competition to fight for the final stage of the competition.
The four UEFA Champions League semi-finalists for the 2021-2022 season are Real Madrid, Villarreal, Manchester City, and Liverpool football club.
Interestingly, two of the semi-finalists, Manchester City and Liverpool are Premier League clubs while the other two semi-finalists, Real Madrid and Villarreal are Spanish La Liga clubs.
Based on this, there is a possibility that it might be all Spanish teams’ final if Villarreal knock out Liverpool and Real Madrid knock out Manchester City. It might also be all Premier League clubs’ final if Manchester City knock out Real Madrid and Liverpool knocked out Villarreal.
And of course, the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League semi-final might produce a Premier League club and a Spanish La Liga club for the final round.
How did the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League semi-finalists get to this stage of the competition?
In the round of 16 stage of the competition, Real Madrid faced Paris Saint Germain. PSG defeated Real Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of the tie in Paris but the Spanish side turned the tie around in the second leg by defeating PSG 3-1 in Madrid to qualify for the quarter-final stage 3-2 on aggregate.
In the quarter-final stage, Real Madrid met the reigning UEFA Champions League winners, Chelsea. The Spanish club defeated the Premier League club 3-1 in the first leg in London, Chelsea tried to overturn the scoreline and ended up defeating Real Madrid 3-2 in the second leg in Madrid.
Yet, Real Madrid became one of the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League semi-finalists by knocking out Chelsea 5-4 on aggregate. The Spanish side now needs to beat Manchester City to get to the final.
Manchester City faced Sporting Lisbon in the round of 16 stage of the competition. In the first leg of the round, City defeated Sporting 5-0 in Portugal. While in the second leg of the tie, City drew 0-0 to knock out Sporting 5-0 on aggregate.
In the quarter-final round, Manchester City met Atletico Madrid. The Premier League reigning champions beat the reigning Spanish La Liga champions 1-0 in the first leg in England.
In the return leg, the game ended 0-0 which was enough for Manchester City to become one of the UEFA Champions League semi-finalists for this season. City will face Real Madrid in the semi-final stage of the competition.
Villarreal have been the jokers of the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League campaign this season. They met with European giants Juventus in the round of 16 and draw with them 1-1 in the first leg in Spain.
In the second leg of the tie, Villarreal stunned Juventus in Italy by defeating the Italian giants 3-0 away from home to knock them out 4-1 on aggregate.
While in the quarter-final stage, they met another European giant, Bayern Munich. In the first leg in Spain, Villarreal stunned them 1-0.
In the return leg in Germany, Villarreal completed the task by drawing with Bayern 1-1 to knock out the Bundesliga giants 2-1 on aggregate. They will face Liverpool in the semi-final stage of the competition.
Liverpool faced Inter Milan in the round of 16 stage of the competition and defeated the Italian side 2-0 in the first leg in Italy.
In the second leg of the tie, Inter Milan defeated Liverpool 1-0 in England but was not enough to overturn the result of the first leg. Hence, Liverpool knocked them out 2-1 on aggregate.
While in the quarter-final round of the competition, Liverpool faced Benfica. In the first leg of the tie in Portugal, Liverpool defeated the hosts 1-3 away from home. In the return leg, Benfica tried to stage a comeback but all they could get was a 3-3 draw.
Hence, Liverpool knocked out the Portuguese side 6-4 on aggregate to become the UEFA Champions League semifinalists for the 2021-2022 season.
What is the schedule for the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League semi-final round
The UEFA Champions League semi-final stage has been divided into two parts, the first part will see Manchester City play the first leg of the round at the Etihad Stadium against Real Madrid on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at 20:00.
The second leg of the tie has been scheduled to take place in Madrid on May 4, 2022, at 20:00.
On the other hand, the second part of the semi-final round will see Liverpool take on Villarreal in England on April 27, 2020, at 20:00.
Afterward, Liverpool will fly to Spain to play the second leg of the tie against Villarreal on May 3, 2022, at 20:00.
The teams that can knock out their opponents after the 2-legged affair will face each other in the final on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 20:00. The 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League final is expected to take place at the Stade de France in Paris.