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Champions League round of 16 draw announced

The draw for the Champions League round of 16 has been carried out.

16 of the 32 qualified teams progressed to the knockout rounds, finishing in the top two in their group. First-placed teams were seeded for the draw, while second-placed sides were unseeded.

Two teams from the same group could not be drawn against each other. In addition, teams from the same nation could also not face each other in the round of 16.

UEFA decided to make a major change to this season’s knockout rounds. The away goals rule has been scrapped, meaning that level ties will go to extra time and penalties if needed.

The draw was initially completed at 12.00 pm CET, with the headline tie of the round being Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United.

However, due to a technical fault, the Red Devils were left out of the pot to face Atletico Madrid. As a result, the first draw was declared void, and a redraw was carried out three hours later.

Instead, PSG will face Real Madrid, in a fixture that will see Lionel Messi return to the Bernabeu Stadium to face his former El Clasico rivals.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo will also face an old enemy, as Man Utd clash with Atletico Madrid.

The first legs will be played between February 15- 23, and the second legs will take place from March 8-16. The unseeded teams will play their home leg first.

Full Champions League round of 16 draw

PSG vs Real Madrid is the big tie of the round

Red Bull Salzburg vs Bayern Munich

Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City

Benfica vs Ajax

Chelsea vs Lille

Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United

Villarreal vs Juventus

Inter Milan vs Liverpool

Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid

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