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Games and dates to pencil in for the month ahead


(All kick-off times, if stated, are BST) Friday March 18

SWITZERLAN­D: It’s the draw for the quarter and semi-finals of the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

Saturday March 19

SPAIN: The Bernabeu hosts the Clasico. Elsewhere, Sevilla take on Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano play Atletico Madrid. ITALY: In Serie A, the Rome derby gets underway as Roma play Lazio. ENGLAND: The 2021-22

FA Cup quarter-finals begin. ARGENTINA: River Plate face Boca Juniors in the Superclasi­co and Independie­nte take on Racing Club in the Avellaneda derby.

Sunday March 20

FRANCE: In Ligue1, Monaco and PSG meet at the Stade Louis II, while top-four rivals Marseille and Nice also face off.

QATAR: Oceania World Cup 2022 qualifying continues.

AFRICA: The preliminar­y round of qualifying for AFCON 2023 takes place with Botswana, Lesotho and Gambia among the teams involved.

NETHERLAND­S: Ajax host archrivals Feyenoord in De Klassieker.

Monday March 21

QATAR: New Zealand are in action in Oceania World Cup qualifying.

Tuesday March 22

WOMEN: In the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, Real Madrid face Barcelona and Bayern Munich meet PSG.

Wednesday March 23

WOMEN: The Champions League last eight continues with Juventus v Lyon and Arsenal v Wolfsburg.

SOUTH AMERICA: Fourth-placed Uruguay face Peru in fifth for the continent’s key World Cup qualifier. Third-placed Ecuador can secure qualificat­ion with a win in Paraguay.

CONCACAF: Canada will secure their place in Qatar with victory in Costa Rica, while Mexico face USA.

Thursday March 24

ASIA: Australia take on Japan in a massive, must-win World Cup qualifier for the Socceroos.

EUROPE: The World Cup play-off semi-finals commence, with Italy v North Macedonia, Portugal v Turkey, Scotland v Ukraine, Sweden v Czech Republic and Wales v Austria all scheduled for a 7.45pm kick-off. In the Nations League relegation play-outs, it’s Moldova v Kazakhstan and Estonia v Cyprus.

QATAR: The Oceania World Cup qualifying group stage concludes with every team in action.

Friday March 25

AFRICA: In a repeat of the AFCON final, Egypt meet Senegal in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-offs. Elsewhere, Cameroon face Algeria, Ghana meet Nigeria, DR Congo host Morocco, and Tunisia visit Mali.

Saturday March 26

WOMEN: It’s the WSL North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs. ENGLAND: Wembley hosts England and Switzerlan­d’s friendly fixture.

Sunday March 27

QATAR: The final four teams meet in the semi-finals of Oceania World Cup qualifying in Doha.

Monday March 28

ASIA: In the final match of AFC World Cup qualifying, Saudi Arabia v Australia is the standout fixture.

SOUTH AMERICA: There’s plenty to play for in Peru v Paraguay, Chile v Uruguay and Venezuela v Colombia.

Tuesday March 29

EUROPE: The WC play-off finals are scheduled to take place, and the Nations League relegation playouts conclude. Elsewhere, England v Ivory Coast and Netherland­s v Germany are the standout friendlies.

AFRICA: The second legs of World Cup qualifying play-offs take place.

CONCACAF: World Cup qualifying concludes with Costa Rica v USA.

Wednesday March 30

WOMEN: The Champions League quarter-final second legs take place over the next two days.

QATAR: A place in the interconfe­derational play-offs is up for grabs in the final of the Oceania World Cup qualifiers.

Thursday March 31

AFRICA: The CAF Champions League group stage concludes.

Saturday April 2

SPAIN: Barcelona host Sevilla. ITALY: At the top of Serie A, Internazio­nale travel to Juventus and Atalanta clash with Napoli. AFRICA: The group stage of the CAF Confederat­ion Cup concludes.

Sunday April 3

SCOTLAND: Rangers and Celtic meet at Ibrox, with visiting fans allowed inside the ground for the first time this season.

Tuesday April 5

EUROPE: The Champions League quarter-final first-leg ties take place over the next two days.

SOUTH AMERICA: The group stages of both the 2022 Copa Libertador­es and the Copa Sudamerica­na commence.

Wednesday April 6

ASIA: The group stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League begins.

Thursday April 7

EUROPE: It’s the first legs of the Europa League and Europa Conference League quarter-finals.

Friday April 8

WOMEN: Qualificat­ion for the 2023 World Cup continues, with England in action away to North Macedonia, Wales hosting France and Scotland visiting Ukraine.

Saturday April 9

ENGLAND: Manchester City host Liverpool in a key clash at the top of the Premier League.

TURKEY: Fenerbahce take on Galatasara­y in one of the world’s biggest grudge matches.

Sunday April 10

USA: The Los Angeles derby – dubbed “El Traffico” – between LA Galaxy and LAFC takes place.

BELGIUM: The regular topflight season concludes with the top four heading into the Championsh­ip play-off round.

Tuesday April 12

WOMEN: In World Cup qualifying, Wales travel to Kazakhstan and Scotland host Spain, while Northern Ireland meet England.

EUROPE: The Champions League quarter-final second legs take place.

Wednesday April 13

EUROPE: The two remaining Champions League semifinali­sts will be decided.

Thursday April 14

EUROPE: The second legs of the Europa League and Europa Conference League quarterfin­als take place.

 ?? ?? Clasico…
Real won 2-1 at the Nou Camp in October
Clasico… Real won 2-1 at the Nou Camp in October
 ?? ?? Up for grabs… Chile ace Ben Brereton Diaz
Up for grabs… Chile ace Ben Brereton Diaz

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