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Friday, 16 March 2012

Real Madrid to face APOEL in the Champions League quarterfinals

First leg to be held on 27 March at GSP Stadium; return match to take place at the Bernabeu on 4 April
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Real Madrid will face APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League quarterfinals. The first leg will take place at the GSP Stadium on 27 March and the return will be held at the Bernabeu on 4 April. The winner will face the victor in the Olympique Marseille-Bayern Munchen tie.
APOEL are the most surprising team in this season's Champions League, becoming the first team from Cyprus ever to reach this far in the competition. Coach Ivan Jovanovic has a young squad that makes up for its inexpierence with overwhelming excitement and drive. Ailton, Charalambides, Manduca (who will miss the first leg due to being sent off in the last game) and Esteban Solari (brother of former Madridista Santiago Solari) are their best men.

APOEL are currently third in their national league championship just two points shy from the top spot. They eliminated Olympique Lyonnais in the Last 16 in the penalty shootout, and they also managed to defeat strong sides like Portuguese leaders Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage.
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APOEL Nicosia - Real Madrid27/03/201204/04/2012
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