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Semifinals take on Spanish flavor with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia joined by Bayern Munich.

MANCHESTER, England (Wednesday, April 19, 2000) -- Defending champion Manchester United was eliminated from the Champions League tonight, a 3-2 victim to Real Madrid, which was one of three Spanish teams to advance to the semifinals of Europe's top club competition.

Joining Real in the semifinals are Baern Munich, plus Barcelona and Valencia who will pair in an all-Spanish semi. No country other than Spain has had two of its teams meet in the semifinals. Spain did it 1959 and 1960. Spain has won this event eight times -- seven by Real Madrid, the most recent in 1998, and once by Barcelona in 1995.

As great as it was for Spain, it was a dark couple days for England. In addition to the failure of Man U., which captured the rare "triple of last year’s European title and Great Britain’s league and cup crows,, Chelsea was ignominiously dismissed yesterday 5-1 by Barcelona..

After a 0-0 draw two weeks ago in Madrid, Real won with a cumulative 3-2 goals advantage. The result ended Manchester United's 38-game unbeaten streak at home at Old Trafford.

Raul Gonzalez had two second-half goals for Real after United's Roy Keane had an own goal in the 20th minute to put United in a 3-0 hole. David Beckham scored for United in the 64th minute and Paul Scholes added a penalty kick in the 86th, but Manchester essentially fell two goals short of advancement because Real held the edge in the first tiebreaker, goal scored away from home.

In today’s other match, Bayern Munich beat FC Porto of Portugal 2-1 to advance 3-2 on total goals.

In Munich, Thomas Linke's header in injury time carried Bayern to the semifinals. The goal came seconds after Porto's Mario Jardel tied it 1-1 with his own header.

The teams tied 1-1 in Portugal two weeks ago. Munich's hopes of a return to the final after last year's devastating 2-1 loss to Manchester United in injury time..

Extra-time goals from Rivaldo -- his second -- and Patrick Kluivert swept Barcelona to the semifinals. The 5-1 victory at home gave he Spaniards a 6-4 aggregate success.

After losing to Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg two weeks ago, Barcelona stumbled to three successive 3-0 defeats in domestic matches.

Rivaldo’s deflected free kick in the 24th minute and Luis Figo’s tally made it 2-0 at intermission and tied the aggregate score at 3-3 with Barcelona having the advantage of an away goal.

Chelsea then went 4-3 up on aggregate after Tore Andre Flo intercepted a poor clearance and scored and evening the away-goals count at 1-1

Before 98,000 at the Nou Camp, Chelsea held on to its advantage until the 83rd minute when Dani’s header put Barcelona ahead 3-1 and leveled the aggregate at 4-4.

Rivaldo and Kluivert then performed their decisive magic in time added on.

Valencia advanced 5-3 on aggregate despite losing 1-0 yesterday to Lazio of Italy.

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