Champions League, Europa League & ECL quarter-finals: When is the draw?

The Champions League final takes place in Paris on May 28 with the Europa League and Conference League finals on May 18 and 26 respectively; follow the draws with our live blog on Sky Sports website and app from 11am

The UEFA Champions League trophy on display in the ground during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League final, at the Estadio do Dragao, Portugal. Picture date: Friday May 28, 2021.
Image: The Champions League final is on May 28 at Paris' Stade de France

The Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League quarter-final draws take place on Friday, but who has made it through and who could the British sides face?

When are the draws?

The Champions League quarter-final draw will take place on Friday March 18 at 11am UK time, with the balls being drawn out at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The semi-finals will be drawn at the same time, meaning clubs and fans can plot out their potential route to the Paris final.

The Europa League quarter-final and semi-final draws will follow the Champions League ones in the same venue at 12pm UK time, with the same stage of the Europa Conference League starting at 12.30pm.

You will be able to follow all three draws across Sky Sports' digital platforms.

Champions League

Which teams are in the Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draws?

Liverpool became the first English team to book their Champions League last-eight spot with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Italian side Inter Milan.

They were joined by Bayern Munich, who defeated RB Salzburg via an 8-2 aggregate win.

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Manchester City safely made it through with a 5-0 aggregate win over Sporting Lisbon, while Real Madrid stunned PSG with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Real's city rivals Atletico also made it through by knocking out Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate, with Benfica also in the last eight after beating Ajax 3-2 on aggregate.

On Wednesday, the final two teams were confirmed as Chelsea saw off Lille 4-1 on aggregate, while Villarreal beat Juventus by the same scoreline.

The list of qualified teams are:

  • Liverpool
  • Bayern Munich
  • Manchester City
  • Real Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Benfica
  • Villarreal
  • Chelsea

The teams dreaming big

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool made it through by beating Inter Milan
Image: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool made it through by beating Inter Milan

Liverpool

Six-times winners Liverpool signalled their intent with a perfect six wins out of six to top Group B and disposed of Serie A champions Inter Milan in the last 16 following an impressive 2-0 first leg victory at the San Siro.

The 1-0 reverse in the return at Anfield is their only defeat in 18 matches in all competitions dating back to the turn of the year, and Wednesday night's 2-0 win at Arsenal, in which Diogo Jota scored his 13th Premier League goal of the campaign - a tally bettered only by team-mate Mohamed Salah - took them to within a point of leaders Manchester City.

Bayern Munich

Like the Reds, Bayern have been crowned European champions on six occasions, most recently in 2020, and their progression to the last 16 from Group E was similarly flawless and yielded 22 goals, nine of them from star striker Robert Lewandowski.

The Poland international helped himself to a hat-trick in an 8-2 aggregate win over RB Salzburg in the last 16 which was secured by a 7-1 second-leg victory for the Bundesliga leaders.

Real Madrid

No club has lifted the trophy on more occasions than Real Madrid, and although it is four years since their 13th triumph, their current run of form suggests they are in the mood to end that mini-drought.

Only a shock 2-1 home defeat by Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol denied Real a perfect Group D campaign and their ruthless 3-1 second-leg dismissal of Paris St Germain, which was secured by Karim Benzema's hat-trick, saw the runaway LaLiga leaders send an ominous message to their rivals.

Manchester City

The Champions League is the big prize missing from Pep Guardiola's Manchester City CV - he won it twice with Barcelona - and the club's desire to add its name to an honour roll on which neighbours United feature three times remains undimmed.

The Premier League leaders finished top of Group A despite losing at Paris St Germain and RB Leipzig, but trounced Sporting Lisbon 5-0 in Portugal as they cruised into the last eight.

Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone's men were laboured in their efforts to make the knockout stage with the three-times runners-up winning only two of their Group B games to finish a distant second to Liverpool.

However, Renan Lodi's first-half header at Old Trafford proved sufficient to end Manchester United's involvement in the competition and a squad which includes renowned keeper Jan Oblak, Portugal striker Joao Felix and Liverpool and Barcelona old boy Luis Suarez should not be written off.

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says it is an extraordinary achievement for his side to once again be in the last eight of the Champions League after defeating Manchester United.

Benfica

It is 60 years since Benfica last reached the pinnacle of European football and 32 since their most recent final appearance, but the Portuguese club have a rich tradition in the competition.

They lost heavily to Bayern Munich home and away, but edged Barcelona into third place in Group E due in large part to a famous 3-0 home win over the Catalan giants, and a side including Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi and Adel Taarabt booked its place in the last eight with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Ajax.

Villarreal

Villarreal were one of five Spanish sides to set out in the competition and are among three survivors after finishing just a point behind Manchester United - the side they beat 11-10 on penalties in Gdansk in last season's Europa League final to clinch their place in the competition - in Group F.

Currently sitting in seventh place in La Liga and 21 points behind leaders Real Madrid, they made it to the quarter-finals after a stunning 3-0 second-leg win over Juventus in Turin, scoring all three goals inside the final 12 minutes.

Chelsea

Since adding the Club World Cup to their Champions League crown, in February, Chelsea have been plunged into uncertainty by the sanctions imposed upon owner Roman Abramovich in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

On the pitch, however, they have soldiered on remarkably under the hugely impressive Thomas Tuchel - they are unbeaten in 13 outings in all competitions - emerging from Group H as runners-up behind Juventus following a costly 3-3 draw at Zenit St Petersburg in their final fixture before dispensing comfortably with French side Lille.

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Chelsea advanced to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory over Lille and manager Thomas Tuchel says he wants to be the team 'no one wants to face' in the next round.

How the draw works

The quarter-final and semi-final draws are both 'open' so, unlike the last-16 draw, anyone can face any team in both stages, irrespective of their country of origin or previous fixtures this season.

Each quarter-final tie will be given a number between one and four, with those four balls being used to draw out the semi-final draw that succeeds the last-eight pairings.

When are the remaining knockout ties?

The first legs of the quarter-final ties will be played on April 5 and 6 with the return fixtures on April 12 and 13.

The semi-finals will start on April 26 and 27 with the second legs on May 3 and 4.

The Champions League final is on May 28 at Paris' Stade de France.

All dates are provisional and subject to change by UEFA.

Europa League

Which teams are in the Europa League quarter-final and semi-final draws?

Jarrod Bowen celebrates his goal with Manuel Lanzini
Image: West Ham are 1-0 down to Sevilla heading into the second leg of their last-16 tie

The Europa League quarter-final draw will take place on Friday March 18 at 12.30pm UK time, with the balls being drawn out at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

There will be two British sides in the last eight of the Europa League after West Ham saw off Sevilla 2-1 on aggregate on Thursday evening, while Rangers squeezed past Red Star Belgrade 3-2 on aggregate. Barcelona also made it through with a 2-1 win at Galatasaray.

The list of quarter-final contenders are:

  • RB Leipzig
  • Lyon
  • Eintracht Frankfurt
  • West Ham
  • Barcelona
  • Rangers
  • Braga
  • Atalanta
DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Alfredo Morelos celebrates after scoring to make it 4-1. during a UEFA Europa League Last 32 first leg match between Borrusia Dortmund and Rangers at the Signal Iduna Park, on February 17, 2022, in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Image: Rangers are in a good position to reach the Europa League quarter-finals after beating Red Star Belgrade 3-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie

How the draw works...

The quarter-final and semi-final draws are both 'open' so, unlike in the two previous rounds, anyone can face any team in both stages, irrespective of their country of origin or previous fixtures this season.

Each quarter-final tie will be given a number between one and four, with those four balls being used to draw out the semi-final draw that succeeds the last-eight pairings.

When are the remaining knockout ties?

The first legs of the quarter-final ties will be played on April 7 with the return fixtures on April 14. The semi-finals will start on April 21 and 27 with the second legs on May 5. The final is on May 18 in Seville.

All dates are provisional and subject to change by UEFA.

Europa Conference League

Which teams are in the Europa Conference League quarter-final and semi-final draws?

The Europa Conference League quarter-final draw will take place on Friday March 18 at 2pm UK time, with the balls being drawn out at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Wesley Fofana scored his first goal for Leicester on his return from a broken leg to send the Foxes into the Europa Conference League quarter-finals - although Brendan Rodgers' side had to hang on desperately for a 3-2 aggregate victory after losing 2-1 on the night at Rennes. They'll be in the hat on Friday afternoon, alongside Jose Mourinho's Roma.

Tammy Abraham was on the scoresheet for Roma
Image: Tammy Abraham's Roma hold a slender advantage over Vitesse Arnhem

The list of quarter-final contenders are:

  • Feyenoord
  • Slavia Prague
  • AS Roma
  • PAOK Salonika
  • PSV Eindhoven
  • Bodo/Glimt
  • Leicester City
  • Marseille
Leicester's superior quality eventually told
Image: Leicester are 2-0 up on Ligue 1 club Rennes

How the draw works...

The quarter-final and semi-final draws are both 'open' so, unlike in the two previous rounds, anyone can face any team in both stages, irrespective of their country of origin or previous fixtures this season.

Each quarter-final tie will be given a number between one and four, with those four balls being used to draw out the semi-final draw that succeeds the last-eight pairings.

When are the remaining knockout ties?

The first legs of the Europa Conference League quarter-finals will take place on April 7, with the second legs taking place seven days later. The semi-finals take place on April 21 and May 5, with the final on May 26 in Tirana, Albania.

All dates are provisional and subject to change by UEFA.

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