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Anderlecht v Barcelona preview

We run the rule over the sides ahead of their UEFA Youth League quarter-final: wonder goals, dramatic draws, last-gasp winners – and that is only Barcelona.

Anderlecht celebrate during their victory over Arsenal
Anderlecht celebrate during their victory over Arsenal ©RSC Anderlecht

Story so far
Anderlecht
The Belgian side came through the Domestic Champions path, beating Brann and Servette before an impressive 2-0 victory over Arsenal. The side coached by former forward Nicolás Frutos then lost at home to Dinamo Zagreb but were subsequently awarded a 3-0 win and reinstated as the visitors had fielded an ineligible player.

Highlights: Anderlecht 2-0 Arsenal
Highlights: Anderlecht 2-0 Arsenal

Barcelona
Gabriel De La Torre's side have made inconsistent progress. They were never unduly troubled in the group stage but the most eye-catching result came when, having been 3-0 up against Roma, the visitors pulled it back to 3-3. Midtjylland appeared easier opponents in the last 16 but Barcelona went behind and the game was heading to extra time before two last-gasp goals.

Highlights: Barcelona snatch quarter-final spot
Highlights: Barcelona snatch quarter-final spot

Key players
Anderlecht: Jorn Vancamp
Now in his second season of UEFA Youth League football, the 18-year-old has been Anderlecht's standout player this term with five goals in as many outings, including the double that downed Arsenal.

Barcelona: Carles Aleñá
Aleñá, 18, has scored six goals from midfield and the pick of them came against Roma, when he showcased his talent with an outrageous solo effort. But don't take our word for it ...

Maradona, Messi, Aleñá? See wondergoal from Barça's new No.10
Maradona, Messi, Aleñá? See wondergoal from Barça's new No.10

Did you know?
A competition-record crowd last season turned out to watch the sides' meeting last term in Brussels, a 1-0 victory for Anderlecht.

Barcelona keepy-uppy skills challenge
Barcelona keepy-uppy skills challenge

Where to watch it
Telekom Serbia – Balkans
Proximus – Belgium
ESPN Inc – Latin America and Caribbean
nc+ – Poland
beIN Sports (Mediapro) – Spain
Mediaset – Italy
NTV Plus Russia – Russia
Sport1 – Germany
Sport TV – Portugal
SuperSport – Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
Ten Sports – Indian subcontinent
The Sports Channel – Israel
TTNET – Turkey
Viasat – Scandinavia and Baltics
UEFA.com MatchCentre and UEFA.tv channel on YouTube – everywhere else

Semi-finals (15 April, Nyon)
1 Real Madrid/Benfica v Paris Saint-Germain/Roma
2 Chelsea/Ajax v Anderlecht/Barcelona

Final (18 April, Nyon)
Winners of semi-final 1 v Winners of semi-final 2