Semi-finalists of UEFA Champions League 2018/19

It's Tottenham vs Ajax and Barcelona vs Liverpool in the semi-finals of UEFA Champions League. First legs to be played April 30/May 1, second legs May 7-8

Champions League semi-final match-ups

Tottenham (ENG) v Ajax (NED)

Barcelona (ESP) v Liverpool (ENG)

-First legs to be played April 30/May 1, second legs May 7-8

-Final on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid

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Tottenham Hotspur

After an astonishing encounter at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the Champions League on away goals following a 4-3 defeat to Manchester City. 

Spurs, who won the first leg 1-0 and progressed after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate, will play Ajax Amsterdam for a place in the final against Liverpool or Barcelona after one of the most remarkable matches in the competition's history. 

(Photograph:Reuters)

Ajax Amsterdam

Ajax Amsterdam followed up their elimination of Real Madrid by producing a spell-binding display of inventive, passing football to win 2-1 away to Juventus and end the Serie A team's dreams of winning the Champions League.

Ajax's 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt headed the winner from the corner in the 67th minute of the quarter-final second leg as the Dutch side came from behind to clinch a 3-2 aggregate win and reach the last four for the first time since 1996/97.

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Liverpool

A resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Porto.

The Reds, who eased through 6-1 on aggregate, held off Porto in the early stages before Salah and Sadio Mane combined for the Senegalese to put them ahead with their first shot on target following a VAR review. 

Egypt striker Salah doubled the tally after the break and goals from Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk wrapped it up late on. 

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Barcelona

Lionel Messi produced another masterful UCL performance to knock out Manchester United and fire Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years. 

Barca, who toyed with United for the majority of the encounter, sealed a 4-0 aggregate victory. 

Messi had failed to score in his last 12 quarter-final appearances, but he settled his side's nerves after a bright start from United, collecting a misplaced pass from Ashley Young and curling into the bottom corner in the 16th minute.

The Argentine then pounced on another lapse from United's defence four minutes later to win back possession high up the pitch and fire a shot from outside the box, which squirmed under visiting keeper David de Gea. 

Philippe Coutinho finished off a therapeutic win for the Catalans, after three quarter-final failures in a row, by curling into the top corner in the second half.

(Photograph:Reuters)

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