Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the round of 16 of last season’s UEFA Champions League play-off.
Madrid beat Liverpool in both the 2018 and 2022 finals and the two giants will meet again in February after being paired in Monday’s tie, which also pitted Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich. There is a playoff for the 2020 final won by the Germans.
PSG achieved a major victory at this stage for the second season in a row. The French champions’ quest for a first European title ended in March with Karim Benzema’s incredible late hat-trick for champions Madrid.
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PSG were unseeded in this tie and could not face Bayern because a stoppage-time goal for Benfica in last week’s 6-1 win over Maccabi Haifa meant the Portuguese club topped their group.
Benfica was rewarded on Monday with a pair against Club Brugge, the 15th-place team.
Bottom side AC Milan will be at home to Tottenham in the first leg as they return to the knockout stages of the Champions League after a nine-year absence.
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Manchester City were paired with Leipzig and Chelsea drew against Borussia Dortmund in the English Premier League. Conflict in the Bundesliga.
Napoli, the top scorer in the group stage, face Eintracht Frankfurt and Inter Milan are first at home against Porto.
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It was not possible to pair teams from the same country or who played each other in the group stage in the Round of 16.
The first match will take place on the 14th-22nd. February Home games are on the 7th-15th. march
The unusually long wait of more than three months between the group and knockout stages was due to the World Cup in Qatar taking place in November and December.
The season meant that the six-round group stage started earlier than usual in September and finished in just nine weeks.
DISTRIBUTED IN THE 16-FINALS OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
RB Leipzig vs Manchester City
Club Brugge vs SL Benfica
Liverpool vs Real Madrid
AC Milan vs Tottenham
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Napoli
Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea
Inter Milan vs FC Porto
Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich
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