20 Mar 2010

Champions League quarter-finals draw announced

1:20 pm on 20 March 2010

Titleholders Barcelona will play Arsenal in the quarter-finals of football's Champions League and remain on course for a repeat of last year's final against Manchester United after the draw was finalised.

United will travel to Bayern Munich for the first leg of their quarter-final in a rematch of the 1999 European Cup final, where the English Premier League side snatched two goals at the death for an extraordinary 2-1 win.

The winners will face Olympique Lyon - conquerors of Real Madrid in the previous round and Liverpool in the group stage - or Girondins Bordeaux in the semi-finals after the two French clubs were pitted together in the last eight of the draw made at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon.

Inter Milan's reward for knocking out Chelsea is a quarter-final against CSKA Moscow, with either Barcelona or Arsenal waiting if they get past that hurdle.

Barcelona's match against Arsenal is a repeat of the 2006 final which the Spanish club won 2-1 in Paris.

The London club will host the first leg.

The draw featured teams from six countries, the first time since 1998/99 so many nations have been represented in the last eight.

The quarter-final first-leg ties will be played on March the 30th and 31st.

The final will be played at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.