Champions League last-16 re-draw pits Man Utd against Atletico Madrid after initial error | Football News

A new Champions League round of 16 draw saw Manchester United against Atletico Madrid after Ralf Rangnick’s side were initially drawn to face Paris Saint-Germain.

A surprise turn saw the initial tie in the round of 16 canceled after what UEFA called a “technical error” involving Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The new draw took place three hours later, and Liverpool now face Serie A champions Inter, Chelsea have drawn the winners of Ligue 1 Lille – having also done so in the first draw – while Manchester City will face Sporting Lisbon.

United appeared to have been offered the biggest respite after drawing PSG in the opening draw, but a meeting with Atletico in European competition since 1991 will still be a tough test.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid will feel perhaps the most saddened by the mistake: they were drawn against Benfica in the morning, but will now face PSG instead.

Elsewhere, Liverpool’s reward for becoming the first English team to win all six Champions League group games is a draw with Inter Milan, who won Serie A last season and currently tops the table afterwards. 17 games.

It was a case of deja vu for defending champions Chelsea, who were drawn against Lille in both the original and the rescheduled draw.

City, a losing finalist last season, face Sporting for the first time since the two teams met in the Europa League nine years ago.

Champions League round of 16 draw

Salzburg vs Bayern Munich

Sporting Lisbon-Manchester City


Chelsea vs Lille

Atletico Madrid-Manchester United



Paris Saint-Germain-Real Madrid

Liverpool became the first English team to win all six Champions League group stage games

When is the round of 16?

The matches of the round of 16 will be divided into several weeks, with the first legs scheduled for February 15-16 and February 22-23.

The second stages are then on March 8-9 and March 15-16.

How did UEFA’s Man Utd gaffe prompt a re-draw?

Cristiano Ronaldo played a pivotal role when Manchester United won the Champions League group
Manchester United were initially drawn against PSG

The Champions League draw was conducted in Nyon by UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti and UEFA club competition chief Michael Heselschwerdt, with the help of special guest Andrey Arshavin.

Eight balls representing eight runners-up were in a bowl, while eight group winners were in individual plates.

Each winner had to be drawn against a runner-up from a different football group and association.

Heselschwerdt confirmed that the draw process would see a runner up drawn from the runners-up plate. A computer will then indicate which winners could be drawn against them. The balls containing the names of the eligible opponents would be put together in another bowl, from which a winner of the eligible group would be drawn and matched to the runner-up.

What was the original Champions League round of 16 draw?

  • Benfica-Real Madrid
  • Villarreal v Manchester City
  • Atletico Madrid-Bayern Munich
  • Salzburg vs Liverpool
  • Inter-Ajax
  • Sporting Lisbon-Juventus
  • Chelsea vs Lille
  • Paris Saint-Germain-Manchester United

How did the farce of the draw unfold …

The draw begins: Benfica are the first team drawn from second place and subsequently paired with Real Madrid.

Villarreal error: Villarreal is extracted from second place as Marchetti said: “Villarreal can be matched with all the other seven teams”. Arshavin draws Man Utd from the pot of eligible opponents, prompting Marchetti to correct his previous statement and say: “This is not possible because Man Utd was in the group, so we have to make another one”.

Apologies: Arshavin draws Manchester City but Marchetti apologizes for “the technical problem that our draw is experiencing” as there is a delay in the name of the City that appears on the screen as an opponent of Villarreal.

Man Utd missing: Atletico are extracted from second place as Marchetti says: “The possibilities are all except Liverpool, who were in the same group, and Manchester United; Manchester United has already been drawn”. Manchester United has not yet been drawn, but it seems that Heselschwerdt chooses Liverpool And miss picking Man Utd when placing balls representing Atletico’s eligible opponents in the bowl. Arshavin designs Bayern to face Atletico.

The draw concludes: The remainder of the draw is over, with Liverpool drawing against Salzburg and Man Utd ultimately drawing against PSG.

Redesign? The draw concludes but news emerges from clubs that immediately called the draw into question. Sky Sports News contacts UEFA about the possibility of a new draw.

Draw the void! UEFA admits that a “technical problem with the software of an external service provider that tells the referees which teams can play against each other” has caused a “clerical error” and declares the draw void, to be redone later on Monday afternoon.

What are the key dates?

Last 16 first leg matches: 15/16/22/23 February

Last 16 second legs: 8/9/15/16 March

Quarter and semi-final draw: March 18

Quarter-final first leg: April 5/6

Quarter-final second leg: 12/13 April

Semi-final first leg: 26/27 April

Second leg semi-finals: 3/4 May

The final: May 28 – Gazprom Arena, St. Petersburg

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