Champions League: who will compete against whom in the eighth finals?  |  Football news

Champions League: who will compete against whom in the eighth finals? | Football news

A blockbuster draw on Monday set the stage for some exciting games in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The draw of the Champions League round of 16 in short:

  • Real Madrid vs Liverpool
  • Paris Saint Germain vs Bayern Munich
  • Benfica against Club Brugge
  • AC Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Manchester City against Leipzig
  • Chelsea against Borussia Dortmund
  • Napoli against Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Inter Milan against Porto

Real Madrid will host Liverpool in the round of 16 of the Champions League in a rematch of last season’s final.

Madrid beat Liverpool in both the 2018 and 2022 finals and the two giants will meet again in February after being linked in Monday’s draw – which also saw Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) take on Bayern Munich. That is a rematch of the 2020 final, which the Germans won.

PSG have secured a blockbuster draw for the second season in a row at this stage. The French champions’ quest for a maiden European title was ended in March by Karim Benzema’s stunning late hat-trick for eventual champions Madrid.

PSG were not seeded in this tie and faced Bayern due to an injury-time goal for Benfica in a 6-1 win over Maccabi Haifa last week – meaning the Portuguese club topped their group.

Benfica was rewarded on Monday with a draw against Club Brugge, the 15th team in the draw of 16 teams.

The lowest-placed side, AC Milan, will play Tottenham Hotspur at home in the first leg in their return to the knockout rounds of the Champions League after a nine-year gap.

Manchester City were paired with Leipzig and Chelsea were drawn to face Borussia Dortmund in Premier League vs Bundesliga clashes.

Napoli, the best scoring team in the group stage, will play against Eintracht Frankfurt and Inter Milan will play first against Porto at home.

Teams from the same country or who played against each other in the group stage could not be paired in the round of 16.

The first legs will be played between 14 and 22 February. Return legs are between 7 and 15 March.

It is a long wait for the next round, because the World Cup in Qatar will be played in November and December and other competitions will be suspended as a result.

Due to the busy season, the six-round group stage started earlier than usual in September and was completed in just nine weeks.

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