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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 25, 2015
NYON---In a pairing of coach Pep Guardiola s past
and present teams, Barcelona will play Bayern Munich
in the Champions League semifinals.
Guardiola, who won two Champions League titles
during four trophy-filled years at Barcelona, took over
at Bayern in 2013.
"Of course it s special. I can t say more," Guardiola
said. "Barcelona are the best. I am very pleased that
I can have this experience."
In the other semifinal, defending champion Real
Madrid will face Juventus, with the Italian champions
playing at home first. Two-time champion Juventus is
back after a 12-year absence from the semifinals, when
it also faced Madrid and won.
"They are having a very good season and have prac-
tically won the Italian league. That means they can
focus more on the Champions League," Madrid coach
Carlo Ancelotti said.
The four semifinal teams have combined to win the
European Cup or Champions League 21 times, with 16
runner-up finishes, in the competition s 60-year his-
Still, a blockbuster cast of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel
Messi and the best of Germany s World Cup win-
ning-team will take second billing to Guardiola s return
to Camp Nou, where he also won club football s most
coveted trophy as a player in 1992.
"Pep is 100 per cent Bayern Munich and that is
it," former Bayern great Paul Breitner said. "You (the
media) will be focused on Pep. Pep will work as (for)
each match in the same way."
The first leg in Barcelona will be played on May 6,
with the return match six days later. Madrid will play
in Turin on May 5 and host Juventus on May 13.
The final will be played on June 6 at the Olympic
Stadium in Berlin.
Guardiola will face his former team in a
competitive match for the first time since
leaving Barcelona in 2012. His Bayern team
won 2-0 in a charity friendly between the
sides in Munich soon after he took over.
The two teams also met in the 2013 semi-
finals while Guardiola was on his one-year
Back then, Bayern humiliated Barcelona,
winning 7-0 on aggregate before claiming its
fifth European title.
Barcelona is now coached by Luis Enrique,
a teammate of Guardiola for five years at the
"It will be the first time I am against Guardi-
ola, and his first time against Barca," Luis
Ten-time champion Real Madrid is aiming
to become the first team to win back-to-back
titles since the Champions League format
began in 1992. And Ancelotti, a former Juven-
tus and AC Milan coach, is looking to become
the first man to lead teams to Europe s top
club title for a fourth time.
Though Juventus is the lowest-scoring team
of the four, it has a typically tight Italian
defence, conceding only five goals in ten
"This Juve is competitive," said club director
Pavel Nedved, a standout in the 2003 team.
"We know that Real has incredible players
but this is a semifinal to play without fear."
In the Europa League, defending champion
Sevilla was drawn to play Fiorentina, and
Napoli will face Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
For the first time, the Europa League winner
will also earn a place in the group stage of
the Champions League next season. (AP)
Barcelona to meet Bayern in semifinals
...Juventus gets Madrid
DHAKA---Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman
struck unbeaten half-centuries to lead Bangladesh to
a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in
the lone Twenty20 yesterday.
Bangladesh s first T20 win over Pakistan in eight
matches followed a first series triumph in the one-day
internationals. The two-Test series starts on Tuesday.
Shakib was unbeaten on 57 and Sabbir undefeated
on 51, as Bangladesh made 143-3 to run down the target
with 22 balls to spare after Pakistan scored 141-5.
The Bangladesh openers were dismissed within the
first three overs, but Shakib and Sabbir shared an
undefeated 105-run stand.
Opener Tamim Iqbal hammered Mohammad Hafeez
for 14 runs in the first over, but Soumya Sarkar was
run out for a duck off the last ball, and Tamim lasted
only 11 balls.
Wahab Riaz then removed Mushfiqur Rahim with
top-drawer fast bowling to leave Bangladesh at a pre-
Shakib and Sabbir refused to concede anything
else. Once they set in, they took apart the experienced
Pakistani bowling attack with utter derision.
Shakib struck nine fours in his 41-ball innings while
Sabbir s 51 off 32 included seven fours and a six.
Pakistan, which elected to bat first, struggled for
a fluent start in the face of some controlled bowling
from debutant fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and
Shakib, and was restricted to a sub-par total.
Debutant opener Mukhtar Ahmed top-scored with
37, while Haris Sohail was 30 not out off 24 balls.
Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed utilised the pressure
well to remove struggling Ahmed Shehzad (17). And
once Mustafizur dismissed Pakistan captain Shahid
Afridi on 12, the hosts established their full control
on the game.
Mustafizur claimed 2-20, while Taskin and left-
arm spinner Arafat Sunny picked up one wicket apiece.
Pakistan by 7 wickets
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