Champions League last-16 draw: Barca and PSG to renew rivalry, Bayern face Lazio

Champions League last-16 draw: Barca and PSG to renew rivalry, Bayern face Lazio

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will do battle in a repeat of their memorable Champions League last-16 tie from three years ago, while holders Bayern Munich were drawn against Lazio in Nyon on Monday. LaLiga giants Barca became the first team in the competition’s history to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit when they famously defeated PSG 6-1 in the return tie at the same stage in the 2016-17 season. Neymar scored twice and assisted Sergi Roberto’s last-gasp winner on that occasion but his status to face his former club with PSG may be in doubt after the Brazil superstar sustained a serious-looking ankle injury in Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Lyon. Barca also defeated PSG in the quarter-finals en route to treble glory in 2014-15 and

Champions League Round of 16 Teams – Ranked

Champions League Round of 16 Teams - Ranked

So, that's it for another year. The Champions League group stages are complete, and while we've of course said goodbye to the relative minnows of the competition, it hasn't been without its upsets. European giants Manchester United and Inter have both fallen at the first hurdle - with the latter failing to even secure a place in the Europa League after finishing bottom of Group B - but enough about those who've been knocked out, we're only interested in who's left. 16 teams remain in this season's edition of the competition, and we've ranked them in order of who we believe has the best chance of going on to be crowned kings of Europe. Can Sergio Conceicao mastermind Porto's route to glory?  The 2004

Real Madrid Continue Flawless Group Stage Record With Champions League Qualification

Real Madrid's Champions League future was hanging in the balance heading into their final group match of the 2020/21 tournament. Real had to beat Borussia Monchengladbach to guarantee their progression into the last 16, or rely on results from elsewhere falling in their favour. Zinedine Zidane's side had suffered defeats home and away to Shakhtar Donetsk and left it late to rescue a draw against Gladbach in the reverse fixture to leave them staring down the barrel of Europa League football. Real's Champions League last 16 spot had been in serious jeopardy  However, Real pulled it out of the bag against an underwhelming Gladbach side on Wednesday evening, winning 2-0 thanks to a headed brace from Karim Benzema. The win meant the Spanish champions advanced

Each Champions League Team’s Most Likely Last 16 Opponent

Each Champions League Team's Most Likely Last 16 Opponent

The Champions League group stages concluded on Wednesday evening with all 16 teams for the 2020/21 knockout stages now confirmed. The draw for the last 16 takes place on Monday 14 December, with the first legs scheduled for the last two weeks of February, and the second legs to take place during the mid March. All teams in the draw are seeded or unseeded, depending on whether they qualified as group winners or runners-up. In addition, clubs from the same country cannot be drawn against one another in the last 16, nor can teams who faced each other in the groups. Eminga.github.io has run the numbers on the options to work out the exact probability of each side drawing one another in the

Gianluigi Buffon Rolls Back the Years to Thwart Lionel Messi and Barcelona

Gianluigi Buffon Rolls Back the Years to Thwart Lionel Messi and Barcelona

"I think I managed a few good saves. I'm not a world-beater, but I can do my bit.” This was the verdict a 17-year-old Gianluigi Buffon delivered after keeping a clean sheet on his debut for Parma against a Milan side bristling with some of the world's finest attacking talent of the day. More than 25 years on and a sizeable chunk of that appraisal can be applied after the 42-year-old left arguably the greatest player of the modern era similarly frustrated. Juventus' 3-0 Champions League triumph over Barcelona on Tuesday night was inevitably dominated by the headline face-off between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Yet, while the Portuguese forward went about settling his own narrative with a brace from 12 yards, Messi

UEFA Champions League 2020/21 Round of 16 Draw: When Is it, How to Watch, Best & Worst Draws

Champions League last-16 draw: Barca and PSG to renew rivalry, Bayern face Lazio

The Champions League group stage is over and we know now the teams set to battle it out in the knockouts. Those 16 teams will all learn their fate in the draw for the first knockout round, which will be held at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, 14 December at 11:00 (BST). Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming draw. The draw will be broadcast live on UEFA's official website, but UK viewers can also check it out on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 10:45 GMT. Teams are split into two pools  Teams are split into two pools. Those who won their respective groups are known as Seeded Teams, while runners-up are Unseeded Teams. After all of the balls are

Antonio Conte Snaps at Fabio Capello During Post-Champions League Exit Interview

Antonio Conte Snaps at Fabio Capello During Post-Champions League Exit Interview

Inter manager Antonio Conte snapped at reporters and Fabio Capello following his side's draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday evening - a result that dumped them out of Europe altogether after finishing bottom of their Champions League group. A win would have sent Conte's side through to the last 16, but they were held to a 0-0 draw by Shakhtar - a team who less than four months ago, Inter had hit five past in the Europa League semi finals. When questioned by Sky Sport about how his side had managed to play out two stalemates home and away against Shakhtar, having beaten them 5-0 in August, former Chelsea boss Conte gave an irritable response. “Shakhtar came here and transformed their tactics against

Manchester City 3-0 Marseille: Torres, Aguero and Sterling down Villas-Boas´ men

Manchester City 3-0 Marseille: Torres, Aguero and Sterling down Villas-Boas´ men

Sergio Aguero returned to action with a goal as Manchester City closed out their triumphant Champions League group campaign with a routine 3-0 win over Marseille. Ferran Torres brought the game to life after a goalless first half, continuing an impressive vein of form in Europe’s top competition with a smart 48th-minute finish. Aguero, who has struggled with the after-effects of meniscus surgery over the early months of the season, came off the bench to seal the points 13 minutes from time, offering Pep Guardiola a timely reminder of his qualities ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Another substitute, Raheem Sterling, completed the scoring for City, who were already through as group winners and can now boast their best-ever Champions League

Chelsea 1-1 Krasnodar: Jorginho on target in low-key draw

Chelsea 1-1 Krasnodar: Jorginho on target in low-key draw

Jorginho scored from the penalty spot as Chelsea came from behind to draw 1-1 with Krasnodar in their final match of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday. Frank Lampard’s side had already qualified for the knockout phase as winners of Group E and marginally had the better of a low-key fixture at Stamford Bridge. Remy Cabella put Krasnodar ahead with a crisp low finish before Jorginho equalised from the penalty spot a few minutes later. Tammy Abraham twice went close for Chelsea in open play but despite his tireless efforts up front the Blues could not find a winner. Krasnodar began brightly with Tonny Vilhena’s swerving half-volley whistling just over the crossbar and Viktor Claesson striking a shot just past the post from

RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United: Comeback falls short as Solskjaer´s men crash out

RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United: Comeback falls short as Solskjaer´s men crash out

RB Leipzig held off a dramatic late fightback from Manchester United at the Red Bull Arena to win 3-2 and qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League at their opponents’ expense. United won the reverse fixture 5-0 in October and only needed a point on Tuesday to advance from a tight Group H but found themselves two goals down inside 13 minutes. Manchester City loanee Angelino fired in an early opener for Leipzig and then set up Amadou Haidara as the hosts took apart United’s five-man defence with ease. Justin Kluivert added a third but Bruno Fernandes’ penalty and substitute Paul Pogba’s header 135 seconds later gave the visitors hope. But last season’s semi-finalists Leipzig held on to move a point above their