UEFA will redo the Champions League last 16 draw after a series of errors during the original draw brought about a number of complaints from teams involved.
Manchester United were mistakenly drawn against Villarreal, despite not being eligible to face them after qualifying from the same group, and they were then not replaced as possible opponents for Atletico Madrid.
Villarreal’s draw also featured seven possible opponents, despite only five being legitimate.
“Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16,” a UEFA statement read.
“As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET.”
Real Madrid had argued that their draw against Benfica should have been allowed to stand, given it was first off the line and before any mistakes had been made, but UEFA have decided to redo the entire draw.
Fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid went public in their attempt to get the draw redone, but you can decide whether that was simply because they drew Bayern Munich or not.