UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw

PSG to face Barcelona in quarters

March 15, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

The chance of Real Madrid meeting Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley remained alive when the Spanish giants were kept apart in the draw for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw Friday.

Real Madrid will face Galatasaray while Barcelona will meet Paris Saint-Germain in quarterfinal matches that will be played April 2-3 and April 9-10.

The complete Champions League draw set the following quarterfinal matchups: Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray, Malaga vs. Borussia Dortmund, PSG vs. Barcelona and Bayern Munich vs. Juventus.

Barcelona, which came from 2-0 down in the first leg of the last round to beat AC Milan 4-2 on aggregate, will face its former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic is suspended for the first-leg match.

David Beckham, playing for Paris Saint-Germain, is the only English player left in the competition.

Bayern Munich's reward for seeing off Arsenal is a meeting with Celtic's conquerors Juventus, considered to be the most competitive matchup in the draw.

Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho is aiming to become the first manager to win the Champions League with three different clubs, having achieved it previously with Porto and Inter Milan.

His side saw off Manchester United in the first knockout round and also qualified from a tough group comprising the domestic league champions of Spain, Germany, England and Holland.

Steve McManaman, a former Liverpool and Real midfielder who carried out the draw for UEFA, said: "Real have had to do it the hard way so far -- they have beaten a lot of good teams."

Galatasaray's squad includes two former Mourinho favourites -- ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and former Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

Unlike in previous seasons, UEFA did not also make the draw for the semifinal pairings at the same time. That draw will now take place next month.