Champions League and Europa League semi-finals: Your complete guide on BT Sport

After an enthralling set of first legs, we discover which of the four English representatives will make the Champions League and Europa League finals exclusively live on BT Sport.

By Tim Williams Published: 4 May 2021 - 10.57pm

After the implosion of the much-maligned European Super League, the Champions League and Europa League returned to centre stage on BT Sport.

 Man City became the first side to seal their place in a final as they reached the Champions League's showpiece game with a 2-0 second-leg win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night. 

Next up, Chelsea bid to oust 13-time winners Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening following a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Valdebebas.

In the Europa League, the tantalising prospect of Man United vs Arsenal final remains a possibility - but there is work to be done from the Gunners after a 2-1 loss in their first leg against Villarreal.

From the state of play to key dates for your diary, read on for a complete guide to what is shaping up to be a thrilling denouement to the flagship tournaments on your home of live sport.

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State of play

Manchester City qualified for their first-ever Champions League final as they saw off French champions PSG 4-1 on aggregate over two legs. 

City fell a goal behind to Marquinhos' header in the first leg in Paris but hit back through Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez while PSG saw Idrissa Gana Gueye sent off to make matters worse.

And in the Manchester sleet, City finished the job at the Etihad as Mahrez netted two further goals to seal their place in the May 29 final in Istanbul.

Chelsea and Real Madrid played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at a rain-soaked Estadio Alfredi Di Stefano.

The Blues were the better side and took the lead through Christian Pulisic's brilliantly-taken goal but Madrid hit back via Karim Benzema's thumping finish.

It means it's all to play for on Wednesday 5 May as Thomas Tuchel's men host the 13-time winners Real at Stamford Bridge for a place in the final.

In the Europa League, Man United produced one of the all-time great European performances in the second half of their first leg tie against Roma.

Trailing 2-1 at the interval despite having taken the lead, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men put the Italian visitors to the sword during a swashbuckling second-half that saw them score five to secure a deserved 6-2 victory heading into the second leg.

In the other semi-final, former Arsenal boss Unai Emery wounded his old side with a 2-1 win to put the Spaniards in the driving seat heading back to the Emirates.

Another lacklustre performance from Mikel Arteta's side was punished by two first-half Villarreal goals but Nicolas Pepe snatched a vital away goal for Arsenal as he dispatched a second-half penalty to give the visitors a glimmer of hope heading into next week.

Dates for the diary

The Champions League semi-final second legs are on Tuesday 4 May and Wednesday 5 May, with the Europa League semi-final second legs both scheduled for Thursday 6 May.

Read on for all the key dates for your diary from both competitions:

Champions League

Semi-final first leg

Fixture

Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea

Date

Tuesday 27 April

Semi-final first leg

Fixture

PSG 1-2 Man City

Date

Wednesday 28 April

Semi-final second leg

Fixture

Man City v Paris Saint-Germain

Date

Tuesday 4 May

Semi-final second leg

Fixture

Chelsea v Real Madrid

Date

Wednesday 5 May

Final

Fixture

Real Madrid or Chelsea v Man City or Paris Saint-Germain

Date

Saturday 29 May

Round

Fixture

Date

Semi-final first leg

Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea

Tuesday 27 April

Semi-final first leg

PSG 1-2 Man City

Wednesday 28 April

Semi-final second leg

Man City v Paris Saint-Germain

Tuesday 4 May

Semi-final second leg

Chelsea v Real Madrid

Wednesday 5 May

Final

Real Madrid or Chelsea v Man City or Paris Saint-Germain

Saturday 29 May

Europa League

Semi-final first leg

Fixture

Man United 6-2 Roma

Date

Thursday 29 April

Semi-final first leg

Fixture

Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal

Date

Thursday 29 April

Semi-final second leg

Fixture

Arsenal v Villarreal

Date

Thursday 6 May

Semi-final second leg

Fixture

Roma v Man United

Date

Thursday 6 May

Final

Fixture

Man United or Roma v Villarreal or Arsenal

Date

Wednesday 26 May

Round

Fixture

Date

Semi-final first leg

Man United 6-2 Roma

Thursday 29 April

Semi-final first leg

Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal

Thursday 29 April

Semi-final second leg

Arsenal v Villarreal

Thursday 6 May

Semi-final second leg

Roma v Man United

Thursday 6 May

Final

Man United or Roma v Villarreal or Arsenal

Wednesday 26 May

Routes to the final

There is a chance of all-English matches in the Champions League and Europa League finals.

In the Champions League, the winner of the Real Madrid v Chelsea tie will meet either Paris Saint-Germain or Man City in Istanbul.

In the Europa League, Man United or Roma will meet Villarreal or Arsenal in Gdansk, Poland.

Key stats after the first legs

Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea

- Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has faced Real Madrid more often without losing in the UEFA Champions League than against any other opponent (W1 D4) – in the competition’s history, he is the only manager to face Los Blancos as many as five times without ever losing.

- Chelsea have failed to win any of their eight UEFA Champions League semi-final matches played away from home (D5 L3), drawing each of the last five in a row.

- Real Madrid have faced Chelsea more often than any other side in all competitions without winning in their entire history, failing in all four matches (D2 L2).

- Real Madrid registered just one shot on target versus Chelsea – only versus Paris Saint-Germain (0) in September 2019 have they had fewer in a UEFA Champions League game since 2003-04.

 

Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Man City

-   Since drawing 0-0 with Manchester United in December, Manchester City have won their last 18 away matches in all competitions, scoring 46 goals and conceding just nine.

-   Paris Saint-Germain suffered defeat when leading at half-time in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since March 2001 against Deportivo de La Coruña.

-   PSG centre-half Marquinhos is only the third player in UEFA Champions League history to score in the quarter-final and semi-final in consecutive seasons, after Cristiano Ronaldo (2011-12 - 2013-14) and Antoine Griezmann (2015-16, 2016-17).

Man United 6-2 Roma

- Manchester United are first side to score six in the semi-final of a major European competition since May 1964 when Real Madrid beat FC Zurich 6-0 in the European Cup 2nd Leg.

- Manchester United scored six goals in a single match in European competition for the first time since netting seven against Roma in April 2007.

- Roma are the first Italian side to ship six goals in the semi-final of a European competition.

- Roma became the first side to make three substitutions in the first-half of a UEFA Europa League game (since 2009).

- Bruno Fernandes netted his 25th and 26th goals of the season in all competitions, with Harry Kane (31) and Mohamed Salah (29) the only two Premier League players to score more. 

Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal

- This was just the second time in their 10 European semi-finals that Arsenal have lost the first leg, also doing so in the 2008-09 Champions League against Manchester United (from which they were eliminated).

- Villarreal have progressed from 15 of their 16 two-legged ties in major European competition when winning the first leg – the only exception was in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League semi-final, when they went out to Liverpool despite winning the first leg.

- Arsenal have been shown 10 red cards in all competitions under Mikel Arteta, twice as many as any other Premier League side in the period since he took over in December 2019.

- This was the first time a former Arsenal manager (Unai Emery) had beaten the Gunners since George Graham’s Tottenham side won 2-1 at White Hart Lane in a Premier League encounter in November 1999.

Odds

Champions League

Man City:  4/6

Chelsea: 10/3

Real Madrid: 5/1

Paris Saint-Germain: 10/1

Man City are the bookmakers’ favourites to lift their first Champions League trophy, while Chelsea are pegged as next most likely to clinch the trophy for the second time.

Europa League

Man United: 8/13

Villarreal: 7/2

Arsenal: 4/1

Roma: 150/1

Man United are now odds-on favourites to lift the Europa League trophy after their first-leg drubbing of Roma, with Arsenal considered a 4/1 shot to overturn their deficit to Villarreal and then take the spoils in the final.

Odds correct at time of writing courtesy of Bet365.