Champions League

Champions League semi-finals: Confirmed ties, dates & how to watch

Jamie Spencer
The 2021/22 Champions League season is getting close to the end
The 2021/22 Champions League season is getting close to the end / Visionhaus/GettyImages

The 2021/22 edition of the Champions League is reaching its final stages.

It seems like only yesterday that 32 eager clubs were kicking off matchday one of the group stage, which had itself already followed two months of pre-qualifying for hundreds more.

We now know who our final four are...

Champions League semi-final draw

The Champions League semi-final draw was made at the same time as the quarter-final draw, which means the route all the way to the final has been mapped and pre-determined for some time.

Clubs who got through the last 16 have known since 18 March which teams they would potentially have to beat to make it into the showpiece event in late May.

  • Man City vs Real Madrid
  • Liverpool vs Villarreal

When are the Champions League semi-finals?

The Champions League semi-finals will be played over two legs as normal. The opening matches will be played on 26/27 April, with return games following just a week later on 3/4 May.

First Legs

  • Manchester City 4-3 Real Madrid - 26 April - 20:00 (BST) - Etihad Stadium
  • Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal - 27 April - 20:00 (BST) - Anfield

Second Legs

  • Villarreal vs Liverpool - 3 May - 20:00 (BST) - Estadio de la Ceramica
  • Real Madrid vs Manchester City - 4 May - 20:00 (BST) - Santiago Bernabeu

How to watch Champions League semi-finals on TV

The Champions League continues to be exclusively broadcast live in the UK by BT Sport and the semi-finals will be no exception. BT Sport packages are available to purchase through TV or broadband service providers, or alternatively as a standalone BT Sport app subscription.

In previous seasons, BT Sport has streamed the Champions League final for free on YouTube.

Paramount+ streams all Champions League games in the United States, with certain matches also available on CBS, or with Spanish language coverage on TUDN.

When & where is the Champions League final?

This season’s Champions League final was originally going to be held at the Gazprom Arena in Saint-Petersburg. But that honour was stripped following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the Stade de France in Paris stepping in to host the match instead.

The Stade de France was built for the 1998 World Cup, hosting the iconic final between France and Brazil, and has remained the country’s national stadium. It hosted the Euro 2016 final when France lost to Portugal, as well as previous Champions League finals in 2000 and 2006.

The 2022 Champions League final will be played on Saturday 28 May, kicking off at 8pm (BST) in the UK – or 9pm local time (CEST) and 3pm (EST) in the United States.

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