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The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) has said that the Champions League semi-finals will not feature either Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi or Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since the 2004/2005 campaign.

UEFA said this immediately after Bayern Munich eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League last-8 final on Friday night.

In a tweet, UEFA wrote on its official Twitter handle: “The UCL semi-finals will not feature either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since 2004/05.”

Recall that Barcelona were completely overpowered by a ruthless Bayern side, who scored four times in either halves as the match ended 8-2 in favour of the German club at the Estádio da Luz in Portugal.

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Goals from Thomas Muller (2), Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Phillippe Coutinho (2) ensured the Bundesliga champions qualified for the semi-finals where they will take on the winner between Manchester City and Lyon.

Also, Lyon eliminated Juventus in the Champions League last-8 final last week on away goal rule after the match ended 2-2 aggregate, despite Ronaldo’s two goals in Turin.

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