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Semi-final places on offer

Published: Tuesday 6 April 2004, 1.53CET
Two UEFA Champions League quarter-finals conclude tonight, with AS Monaco FC needing a victory.
Published: Tuesday 6 April 2004, 1.53CET

Semi-final places on offer

Two UEFA Champions League quarter-finals conclude tonight, with AS Monaco FC needing a victory.

The French league leaders take on their Spanish counterparts and the main contenders for English Premiership honours meet at Highbury as two UEFA Champions League quarter-finals conclude tonight.

Record victory
AS Monaco FC will need to produce the form which saw them eclipse Real Madrid CF's Primera División rivals RC Deportivo La Coruña 8-3 - a competition record - on Matchday 4 if they are to progress following a 4-2 defeat at the Santiago Bernabéu. The winners will play either Chelsea FC or Arsenal FC for a place in the 26 May final, at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. There is little to choose between the London rivals: separated by four league points, their first leg ended 1-1.

Goal promise
Despite Olympique Lyonnais chipping away at their ten-point lead, Monaco still top Ligue 1 by a point. Madrid have a similar advantage in Spain, with Valencia CF proving as relentless in their pursuit as Lyon. A 2-0 victory will be enough for Monaco to advance at the Stade Louis II, yet Madrid have scored in eight of their nine European ties this season and have designs on doing so again in the principality. "We'll play offensively because that is what Real Madrid do best," said coach Carlos Queiroz.

Invincible aura
Something will have to give at Highbury: Arsenal have not lost in 17 matches against Chelsea, who have won all their away games in the Champions League this season, scoring ten goals and conceding none. Chelsea midfield player Scott Parker feels tonight's opponents may have lost their invincible aura following Saturday's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United FC: "Who knows how it will affect them?" he said. "They might crack a bit and we're waiting to pounce."

Comprehensive coverage
Away goals will come into effect should ties finish level on aggregate after 90 minutes, with extra time and penalties following if necessary. As ever will bring you all the action live, with text and audio commentaries, and our comprehensive coverage also includes video highlights and complete full-match reruns.

Suspended players:
David Beckham (Madrid), Lucas Bernardi (Monaco), Marcel Desailly (Chelsea).

Will miss next game if booked:
Claude Makelele, Adrian Mutu, Carlo Cudicini (Chelsea); Edu (Arsenal).

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