Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty during their UEFA Champions League match against Ferencvarosi TC at the Camp Nou Stadium on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse
The five-time European champions will face either Liverpool or Porto in the last four in their first appearance at the stage of the competition since 2015.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez might be the deadliest attack in Europe but Barcelona’s success in the Champions League could rest on their increasingly mean defence.
Damage limitation, and a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey, will be the prize if Barcelona beat Valencia on Saturday as their rejuvenated opponents eye a final flourish to their remarkable comeback season.
The former welterweight world champion, who retired with an unbeaten 50-0 record, was preparing to fight Moore last week before the UAE went into mourning for the death of UAE president Sheikh Khalifa.
Football's governing body FIFA made history on Thursday by selecting Japan's Yamashita alongside Stephanie Frappart of France and Rwanda's Salima Mukansanga on a list of 36 referees for the World Cup.
The championship will be held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and organised by Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club.