German flavor in quarters; Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund
GENEVA (AP) _ Europe’s three major cup competitions had a clear German accent after today’s quarterfinal draws.
In the most prestigious of the three cups _ the European Cup _ three German teams are still in the race, with Bayern Munich and defending champion Borussia Dortmund drawn to face each other.
The other German side Bayer Leverkusen drew Real Madrid _ one of the favorites. Juventus, the runner-up last season and champion in 1996, is up against Dynamo Kiev, one of the most impressive clubs in Champions League play. Manchester United, another of the favorites, seemed to get a favorable draw with French league side AS Monaco.
The two legs of the European Cup quarterfinals are March 4 and 18. The UEFA Cup is March 3 and 17, with the Cup Winners Cup set for March 5 and 18.
There will be a rematch in the UEFA Cup with defending champion Schalke of Germany up against Inter Milan. The two met in the two-legged final last season with Schalke prevailing on penalty kicks after a 1-1 aggregate draw. Inter won the cup in 1991 and ’94.
In the other UEFA Cup quarterfinals, Ajax faces Spartak Moscow, Italian side Lazio is up against France’s Auxerre, and Spanish side Atletico Madrid has England’s Aston Villa.
In the Cup Winners Cup, the favorite Chelsea of England drew Spain’s Real Betis. In the other quarterfinals, Roda JC of the Netherlands plays Vicenza of Italy, Slavia Prague faces Vfb Stuttgart of Germany, and AEK Athens is up against Lokomotiv Moscow.
Five German teams remain in the three cups with Italy claiming four and England and Spain with three each.