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THE draws for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 and Europa League Round of 32 and 16 were made at UEFA HQ in Nyon, Switzerland yesterday (17 December).

In the Champions League one of the eight group winners are drawn against one of the eight group runners-up, unless they were in the same group or come from the same country.

Note: Teams on the right (group winners) play the second leg at their home ground. Ties to be played on 15, 16, 22 and 23 February and 8, 9, 15 and 16 March 2011.

Roma (Ita)

vs.

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr)

AC Milan (Ita)

vs.

Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)

Valencia (Esp)

vs.

Schalke 04 (Ger)

Inter Milan (Ita)

vs.

Bayern Munich (Ger)

Lyon (Fra)

vs.

Real Madrid (Esp)

Arsenal (Eng)

vs.

Barcelona (Esp)

Marseille (Fra)

vs.

Man Utd (Eng)

Copenhagen (Den)

vs.

Chelsea (Eng)

There are some truly epic ties here. Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich is a grudge match for Bayern, as Inter beat them in the last Final back in May. Arsenal will also be out for revenge against Barcelona. The Spanish club beat Arsenal in the 2006 Final and Lionel Messi scored four goals against Arsenal in the Camp Nou in last season’s competition and sent the Gunners crashing out.

Spurs will have their work cut out when they play AC Milan, who currently top the Serie A table by six points from Juventus and Napoli. Man Utd should have enough in the tank to overcome reigning French league Champions Marseille, and once again Chelsea get a really easy draw. No disrespect to Copenhagen but you guys haven’t got a chance. (But please prove me wrong).

Now to the Europa League.

In the Round of 32 one of the 12 group winners and the top four ranked third placed teams from the Champions League groups is drawn against one of the 12 group runners-up and the bottom four ranked third placed teams from the Champions League groups. Teams from the same group couldn’t be drawn against each other and neither could teams from the same country.

Note: Teams on the right (group winners and seeded third placed teams) play the second leg at their home ground. Ties to be played on 15 and 17 February and 22 and 24 February 2011.

Napoli (Ita)

vs. (1)

Villarreal (Esp)

Rangers (Sco)

vs. (2)

Sporting Lisbon (Por)

Sparta Prague (Cze)

vs. (3)

Liverpool (Eng)

Anderlecht (Bel)

vs. (4)

Ajax (Ned)

Lech Poznań (Pol)

vs. (5)

Braga (Por)

Beşiktaş (Tur)

vs. (6)

Dynamo Kyiv (Ukr)

Basel (Swi)

vs. (7)

Spartak Moscow (Rus)

Young Boys (Swi)

vs. (8)

Zenit St. Petersburg (Rus)

Aris (Gre)

vs. (9)

Man City (Eng)

PAOK (Gre)

vs. (10)

CSKA Moscow (Rus)

Sevilla (Esp)

vs. (11)

Porto (Por)

Rubin Kazan (Rus)

vs. (12)

Twente (Ned)

Lille (Fra)

vs. (13)

PSV (Ned)

Benfica (Por)

vs. (14)

Stuttgart (Ger)

BATE Borisov (Blr)

vs. (15)

PSG (Fra)

Metalist Kharkiv (Ukr)

vs. (16)

Bayer Leverkusen (Ger)

 

The draw for the Round of 16 was made immediately afterwards. Anybody could now be drawn against anybody else, as country protection no longer applies.

Note: Teams on the right play the second leg at home. The numbers below represent the winner of the corresponding tie in the Round of 32. Ties to be played on the 10th and 17th of March 2011.

14

vs.

15

6

vs.

9

12

vs.

8

10

vs.

11

13

vs.

2

16

vs.

1

4

vs.

7

3

vs.

5

 

There are some truly cracking ties in prospect in both rounds of matches. Liverpool should progress to the last eight, but unfortunately at the moment with the Reds you can never tell.

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