After the group stage ended last week, the Round of 16 draw took place today at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The teams which qualified for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage are:
Group winners: Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Juventus, Lille.
Runners-up: Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Sporting Club de Portugal, Internazionale, Chelsea, Benfica, Salzburg, Villarreal
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw which was later declared void
- Benfica vs Real Madrid
- Villarreal vs Manchester City
- Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich
- Salzburg vs Liverpool
- Inter Milan vs Ajax
- Sporting Lisbon vs Juventus
- Chelsea vs Lille
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United
However, a controversy arose. During Atletico Madrid’s draw with Bayern Munich, Manchester United’s ball was not in the pot. Atletico could have drawn United as well and United could have avoided PSG so early in the tournament.
OFFICIAL: UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw in full
- Salzburg vs Bayern Munich
- Sporting CP vs Manchester City
- Benfica vs Ajax
- Chelsea vs Lille
- Atlético Madrid vs Manchester United
- Villarreal vs Juventus
- Inter Milan vs Liverpool
- PSG vs Real Madrid
Round of 16 first legs: February 15/16/22/23
Round of 16 second legs: March 8/9/15/16
PSG was drawn against Manchester United in the first draw, which was then declared void. In the latest UCL Round of 16 draw, PSG have been drawn against Real Madrid. The record UCL winners will face the trio of Messi-Neymar-Mbappe so early in the knockout stage. This will be the most exciting fixture of this round.
A major change that will be observed from the Round of 16 matches is that the away goals rule will not be implemented for the first time. If the aggregate score is tied after the 90 minutes of the second leg, the match will head into extra time, irrespective of the number of away goals scored by the teams.