Good afternoon and welcome to this Champions League last-16 draw live blog. At 14:00 GMT, we will begin to find out which teams will face each other in the first knockout round of Europe’s premier club competition after the first draw was declared void due to an error.
Champions League last-16 draw
This is the very start of our Champions League last-16 draw live blog, with the entries nearest the top the most recent ones. Below, we’ll bring you news from the build-up to the draw and then all the latest updates too.
13:00 GMT: Real Madrid’s request
Benfica vs Real Madrid was the first tie drawn in the last 16, and Los Blancos have asked UEFA for this to remain in place as the error came afterwards.
12:45 GMT: Controversy – draw to be redone!
The Champions League last-16 draw will be redone at 14:00 GMT because Manchester United were not included as an option when Atletico Madrid were drawn. Wow.
11:30 GMT: When will these games be played?
The first-leg ties are scheduled for February 15/16/22/23, and the second-leg ties are scheduled for March 8/9/15/16.
Champions League last-16 ties
- Benfica vs Real Madrid
- Villarreal vs Manchester City
- Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich
- Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool
- Inter vs Ajax
- Sporting CP vs Juventus
- Chelsea vs Lille
- PSG vs Manchester United
11:22 GMT: PSG vs Manchester United
It was inevitable, wasn’t it? Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain will face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United in the Champions League last 16. There is also a match-up between Real Madrid’s two former centre-backs in Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
11:21 GMT: Chelsea vs Lille
Chelsea could have faced a big team by finishing second in their group, but they will be happy to have drawn Lille.
11:20 GMT: Sporting CP vs Juventus
Sporting will play Juventus in what is a match-up of Cristiano Ronaldo’s two former clubs.
11:19 GMT: Inter vs Ajax
Inter have been drawn with Ajax in what should be a really exciting couple of matches.
11:18 GMT: Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg will face Liverpool in the first knockout round of the Champions League.
11:17 GMT: Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid will take on Bayern Munich, with the two having faced each other in last year’s group stage.
11:15 GMT: Villarreal vs Manchester City
Villarreal were initially drawn with Manchester United, but this cannot happen as they were in the same group. Arshavin picked another group winner and drew Manchester City, so this is who Villarreal will face.
11:14 GMT: Benfica vs Real Madrid
Benfica vs Real Madrid is the first last-16 tie drawn.
11:13 GMT: Marchetti draws the first team
Benfica are the first team drawn from the runners-up pot.
11:11 GMT: Michael Heselschwerdt explains the procedure
UEFA’s head of club competitions, Michael Heselschwerdt, is exploring the rules and regulations regarding the last-16 stage. Pretty straightforward stuff.
11:08 GMT: Arshavin the star guest
Andriy Arshavin, the 2022 Champions League final ambassador, has been introduced as the star guest who will help draw the teams. The former Zenit and Arsenal star was born in Saint Petersburg, where this year’s Champions League final will be held.
11:05 GMT: Giorgio Marchetti speaks
UEFA’s deputy general secretary, Giorgio Marchetti, is now stood talking about how the Champions League group stage went. The process of reaching the actual draw always feels like an eternity. Let’s hope they get started soon.
11:00 GMT: It’s time!
The Champions League last-16 draw is here, with Pedro Pinto introducing the proceedings. Here’s hoping for some exciting ties!!
10:45 GMT: Watch the last-16 draw
We will be providing updates as the Champions League last-16 draw takes place, but if you want to watch the action unfold, you are able to below.
10:30 GMT: Group stage top scorers
Sebastian Haller caused some surprise by netting 10 goals in Ajax’s six Champions League group-stage games, but who will have scored the most goals by the time the competition is over? Robert Lewandowski, who already has nine, will likely fancy his chances.
10:00 GMT: PSG’s tricky path
Paris Saint-Germain were anointed by many as the pre-tournament favourites coming into this year’s Champions League, but a second-placed finish behind Manchester City in their group means that they could have to play one of Europe’s big boys in the last 16. Mauricio Pochettino’s side could come up against: Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or Juventus.
09:30 GMT: Champions League ball
UEFA have revealed the ball that will be used in the Champions League knockout stages, right up to the final in Saint Petersburg.
09:00 GMT: The winners and runners-up of the groups
The teams in the Champions League draw will be split into two pots – group winners and group runners-up – and one team from each will then be drawn against each other, assuming they have not been in the same group.
08:30 GMT: Champions League last-16 draw preview
The Champions League’s group stage has come to and end as the 16 sides in the knockout rounds are known, after Atalanta were beaten by Villarreal to make it through the group stage.
Now fans of Europe’s top sides and elite-level football in general are thinking about one thing – the draw for the Champions League’s Round of 16.
When is the draw for the Champions League last 16?
The draw for the Champions League last 16 takes place on Monday, December 13. The draw will be held in Nyon, Switzerland, and it will begin at 12:00 midday CET. That means it will start at 11:00 GMT, which is 06:00 ET, and 03:00 PT in the United States.
Where to watch the Champions League last 16 draw?
The draw will be available to watch for free, as is always the case with Champions League draws. Viewers can tune in on either UEFA.com or on YouTube and follow along. Viewers in the United Kingdom can also watch the Champions League draw on BT Sport.
Should you be unable to find a stream or not be able to watch along, you can follow Marca in ENGLISH’s live blog of the draw right here on marca.com/en.
Which teams have qualified for the Champions League last 16?
The teams to have qualified for the Champions League last 16 are Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Lille, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Sporting CP, Inter, Benfica, RB Salzburg, Chelsea and Villarreal.
What is the format for the Champions League last 16 draw?
?The teams are divided into two pots – group winners and runners up – with those from pot one to face those from pot two.
Teams are unable to face sides from their same country in the last 16, nor can they play against teams whom they shared a group with. Real Madrid cannot face Atletico nor Inter, while Atletico can’t meet Liverpool.
Pot one: Ajax, Bayern, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Lille.
Pot two: PSG, Sporting, Atletico, Inter, Chelsea, Villarreal, Benfica, Salzburg.
When is the Champions League last 16?
The first leg of the Champions League last 16 will be played on February 15, 16, 22, and 23. The second legs will be held on March 8, 9, 15, and 16.
Will away goals count in the Champions League last 16?
Away goals will no longer be used as a tiebreaker in the Champions League this season. In the event of an aggregate draw after 180 minutes, games will go to extra time and penalties.