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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chelsea and Real Madrid go through to Champions League Q/F draw.

Chelsea beat Napoli 4-1 after extra-time to progress 5-4 on aggregate, while Real Madrid also won 4-1 on the night over CSKA Moscow for an easier 5-2 aggregate victory.

There are seven different nations represented in the draw for the last eight - perhaps this geographic distribution is a reflection of the changes made by Michel Platini to allow more Champions of smaller countries reach group play?

APOEL (Cyprus)
Barcelona (Spain)
Bayern Munich (Germany)
Benfica (Portugal)
Chelsea (England)
Marseille (France)
Milan AC (Italy)
Real Madrid (Spain)

The draw will be open, meaning Madrid and Barcelona can be matched against each other, with the ties to be played on 27/28 March and 3/4 April.

The semi-final pairings will also be determined and those games take place on 17/18 and 24/25 April.

The 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final will be held on Saturday 19 May at the Fussball Arena Munich, and a draw will determine the 'home' team for administrative purposes / team colours.

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