Liverpool will play Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals. The Reds' reward for Thursday's dramatic victory over Borussia Dortmund is a trip to Spain for the first leg on 28 April, with the return at Anfield on 5 May. In the other semi-final, Spanish side Sevilla, who are looking to win the competition for the third successive year, face Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk. The final takes place in Basel, Switzerland, on 18 May. Liverpool staged one of the most sensational comebacks Anfield has seen to overcome their German opponents in Thursday's quarter-final second leg.
In February, with Real Madrid mired in fourth place in La Liga, the club's management reportedly began contemplating a complete makeover. The team had gotten old fast; more than half its starters -- including Ronaldo, 33-- would be older than 30 before the end of the season. And though Bale, at 28, wasn't one of them, Zidane found a spark by benching him in favor youngsters Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio.
Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflicting another devastating loss in a Champions League final on rival Atletico Madrid. For the second time in three years, the biggest game in club soccer ended with Ronaldo sealing victory then ripping off his shirt to show off his muscled torso for adoring fans. On Saturday, Ronaldo's decisive spot kick in a shootout gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties, following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Two years ago, the Portuguese superstar's penalty had sealed a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico and prompted the first of his provocative celebrations. "I knew I was going to score the winning penalty.