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Champions League last-16 draw: Barcelona to meet PSG, Juventus up against Porto

While Lionel Messi and Neymar will be up against each other in a blockbuster Barcelona vs PSG match, Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Portugal, where Juventus will be up against Porto.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: December 15, 2020 8:13:26 am
Lionel Messi's Barcelona will face Neymar's PSG in the Champions League Round of 16. (File)

The last-16 draw for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League was done on Monday, with the sides to face each other in the eight pre-quarter finals being announced.

Here is the last-16 draw:

Borussia Mönchengladbach v Manchester City

Lazio v Bayern Munich

Atlético Madrid v Chelsea

RB Leipzig v Liverpool

Porto v Juventus

Barcelona v PSG

Sevilla v Borussia Dortmund

Atalanta v Real Madrid

While Lionel Messi and Neymar going up against each other in a blockbuster Barcelona vs PSG match headlines the line-up, there are a few more exciting duels as well. For Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, there is a return to Germany, to face RB Leipzig. For Cristiano Ronaldo there is return to Portugal, where Juventus will be up against Porto, traditional rivals of Ronaldo’s boyhood club Sporting Lisbon.

Italian clubs Atalanta, who will be attempting to repeat last year’s heroics, and Lazio, who have qualified for this stage for the first time in two decades, have been drawn against heavyweights Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.

Man United to face Spanish leader Sociedad in Europa League

Manchester United was paired with Spanish league leader Real Sociedad in the round of 32 of the Europa League on Monday, AP reported. United will play away first against Sociedad, which has been inspired this season by former Manchester City playmaker David Silva’s homecoming to Spain.

In Monday’s draw, Arsenal got a tough pairing with Benfica, which also went unbeaten through the Europa League group stage. Arsenal, struggling at 15th place in the English Premier League, was the only team to win six group-stage games while Benfica finished runner-up to Rangers.

Seven-time European champion AC Milan was paired with 1991 European Cup winner Red Star Belgrade.

Among the others, Ajax was drawn away to Lille, and Shakhtar Donetsk travels to face Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Dynamo Kyiv will face Club Brugge in a pairing of two Champions League teams.

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