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European draws - as they happened

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW:

Lyon v Bordeaux

Bayern Munich vMAN UTD

ARSENAL v Barcelona

Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow

SEMI-FINAL DRAW:

Inter/CSKA Moscow v Arsenal/Barcelona

Bayern/Man United v Lyon/Bordeaux

EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW:

FULHAM v Wolfsburg

Hamburg v Standard Liege

Valencia v Atletico Madrid

Benfica v LIVERPOOL

SEMI-FINAL DRAW:

Valencia/Atletico Madridv Benfica/Liverpool

Hamburg/Standard Liege v Fulham/Wolfsburg

LATEST NEWS (all times GMT)

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By Sam Sheringham

1250: Ok folks, that's it from me. I thank you enormously for joining me on my live text debut and for firing in all your comments. It only remains for me to give a shameless plug to my colleague Sam Lyon, who will be your main man on Saturday for another helter-skelter afternoon of football. Adios.

1244: Arsenal secretary David Miles: "This draw gives us what it gives us - we can only play and hopefully beat what's in front of us. Actually we owe Barcelona one - if that's the word. We'll be up for it - and we are looking to get a couple of decent results."

Anon via text: "Whoever claimed Wolfsburg would be the best draw for Fulham has never seen their squad; quality all over the pitch, Dzeko is some player!"

1235: The eagle-eyed of you might have noticed that should Liverpool overcome Portuguese league leaders Benfica, they could face Valencia in the semi-finals. And that could mean a very tasty reunion for Reds boss Rafael Benitez and his old club. Wolfsburg, by the way, are German champions, but nothing should faze Fulham after last night's toppling of Juventus.

stonecoldsober on 606: "Handy tie for Liverpool, and I think Fulham have the capability of beating Wolfsburg too."

1226: Meanwhile, United are away to Bayern on Tuesday 30 March and at home on Wednesday 7 April. If United get through, their semi-final home leg against Lyon or Bordeaux is 21 April and the away leg is on 27 April.

1225: I've been reliably informed that Arsenal's home leg against Barcelona is on 31 March, with the return at the Nou Camp on April 6. If they get to the semis, they would be away to Inter or CSKA Moscow on 20 April, with the return at the Emirates at Wednesday 28 April.

1220: So, if your shiny European football glass if half full, you could say that there is a distinct possibility of all-English finals in the Champions League and Europa League. If, however, your grubby UEFA tankard is half empty, you might conclude that everyone except Man United have very difficult draws.

Valencia/Atletico Madrid v Benfica/Liverpool

Hamburg/Standard Liege v Fulham/Wolfsburg

1220: Not sure if there were any easy ties in there but those draws look decidedly tricky for the English sides. Semis now.

Benfica v Liverpool

Valencia v Atletico Madrid

Hamburg v Standard Liege

Fulham v Wolfsburg

1212: Here we go. Please give this page a quick manual refresh for a handy link to BBC Radio 5 Live audio. Lovely stuff.

1210: Various suits engaged in dull chat in Nyon as we get close to the draw. The final is on 12 May in Hamburg by the way.

Fishfinger via text: "Liverpool to get Valencia. Benitez against his old club and David Villa against his soon to be new club. It's written in the tea leaves."

1202: So, all set for the Europa League draw. Some pretty big names there, with two from Spain and two from Germany, not to mention Benfica, who thrashed Everton 5-0 in the group stage. So Liverpool and Fulham fans, who are you looking to avoid?

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: "Manchester are a team who are ranked right at the top. We will have to push ourselves to our limits and possibly even beyond to go through. Manchester are the favourites, but that is where the attraction lies: to try to beat a favourite."

Anon via text: "I hope Fulham get an easier tie this time after an outstanding performance last night. I think they will draw Wolfsburg and Liverpool will draw Valencia."

1142: Now, if you're starting to think about lunch, let me remind you and your hungry belly that the nourishing feast that is the Europa League draw is coming up at 1200 GMT. Fulham and Liverpool are the meat with Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Hamburg, Standard Liege, Valencia and Wolfsburg providing the veg.

1137: In case you were wondering, the quarter-final first legs will be played on 30 and 31 March with the returns on 6 and 7 April.

Ricky in Fife via text: "As a Man U fan I'm very happy with the draw. Would say it is a guarantee that we are going to be in the final."

Anon via text: "My money's on an Arsenal v Lyon final. It feels so wrong but you know it's right!"

1130: Mourinho's Inter, looking to win the trophy for the first time since 1965, will be happy with a draw against Russian champions CSKA. Meanwhile, the other tie is an all-French affair between league leaders Bordeaux and fourth-placed Lyon, the conquerors of Real Madrid. Good spot from a texter who noticed my blunder over Henry facing Arsenal again. It will, of course, be the first time Henry has come up against his former club, but he did play for Arsenal against Barca in the 2006 final.

From joefish41 on 606: Get in! Bring on the Germans! Plus Inter, Barca and Arsenal are all on the other side of the tournament......this couldn't have gone much better for Utd!

1120: So the headlines: Massive games for both the English teams. Arsenal are up against Barca in a repeat of the 2006 final and Man United take on Bayern a la 1999. Henry against Arsenal. And the English teams are kept apart until the final. Wow.

Inter/CSKA Moscow v Arsenal/Barcelona

Bayern/Man United v Lyon/Bordeaux

1116: No respite. Straight into the semi-final draw.

Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow

Arsenal v Barcelona

Bayern Munich v Manchester United

Lyon v Bordeaux

1110: Cosy chat with legendary Spanish striker Emilio Butragueno at the moment in Nyon. Followed by vital explanation of the "technical procedure" of the draw.

Andy in London via text: "As a Liverpool fan I usually fear no one in Europe, but this season I would like to avoid all European opposition."

1107: Lots of texts and comments on 606 offering congratulations to Fulham. I can only add myself to that. Truly amazing scenes at Craven Cottage last night.

1104: By the way, this year's final is on a Saturday for the first time ever. Doesn't seem right somehow. Meanwhile, over in Nyon, Switzerland, we are watching a video montage of the route to the quarters. Get on with it...

1100: Pointless preamble begins...

Anon via text: "Sat here in my university lecture eagerly awaiting the Champions League draw. Hope it throws a few surprises but as a united fan i don't fear anyone."

1055: So a stunning display by Arsenal against Porto has got Gunners fans believing again, while Manchester United were equally impressive in swatting aside an ageing AC Milan at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, holders Barcelona are the team no-one wants to draw and the shadow of Jose Mourinho looms large after Inter Milan's clinical ousting of his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Five minutes to go...

From Footy_Idol on 606: "I reckon Man Utd will be drawn against Arsenal. Basically, if Arsenal get drawn against any of the three European heavyweights, they're as good as out."

1049: There are six different nations represented in the draw, the highest total since 1999, while two teams is the lowest English contingent for four seasons.

Elektriksheep via text: "As a Man Utd fan the only team I don't want is Barca, they look unstoppable at the moment. I'll take any of the others."

1044: We've got horse-racing fever here in the BBC Sport offices, so in the spirit of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, here are the runners and riders in today's Champions League draw: ARSENAL, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Bordeaux, CSKA Moscow, Inter Milan, Lyon, MAN UTD.

From Ethiogunner on 606: "I want Arsenal meet CSKA Moscow or one of the French teams."

1040: Right, let's get the banter going. There are two ways to get in touch. You can check into 606 or text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Fulham fans, who do you want to draw and who do you really want to avoid? And anyone else, your thoughts are extraordinarily welcome.

1035: First up it's the Champions League draw at 1100 GMT with Manchester United and Arsenal flying the flag for England. And with no country protection at this stage, we could be talking about another meeting between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Fulham and Liverpool are the English representatives in the Europa League draw at 1200 GMT after pulling off spectacular comebacks last night.

1030: Morning all. If you were wondering when it was safe to say we'd reached the business end of the football season, then I think you could get away with it today. Within the next couple of hours, we'll find out the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League and Europa League, with four English clubs waiting to learn their fates. It's draw-mania and you can follow it right here on the BBC Sport website.




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see also
Arsenal draw favourites Barcelona
19 Mar 10 |  Europe
Fulham handed Wolfsburg encounter
19 Mar 10 |  Europe
Man Utd 4-0 AC Milan (agg 7-2)
10 Mar 10 |  Europe
Arsenal 5-0 Porto (6-2)
09 Mar 10 |  Europe
Fulham 4-1 Juventus (agg 5-4)
18 Mar 10 |  Europe
Liverpool 3-0 Lille (agg 3-1)
18 Mar 10 |  Europe
Football on the BBC
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