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Preview of UEFA Champions League Last 16 Draw

Nyon, Switzerland will be the venue of the UEFA Champions League last 16 draw on Monday, 13 December. The draw will feature the 16 teams that have advanced from the group stage of the competition. Two teams from each of the eight groups have already qualified for the last-16 stage of the tournament. These are the winners and runners up of the groups.

Last qualification game pushed forward to Thursday

All but one of the 16 teams had qualified by Wednesday, 8 December. However, heavy snowfall in Bergamo caused the game between Villarreal and Atalanta to be postponed by a day.

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List of 16 teams that have qualified

The following 16 teams have advanced from the group stage of the UEFA Champions League:

Seeded teams

The seeded teams are the confirmed winners from the eight groups. They include three teams from England: Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United. The list includes one team each from Netherlands (Ajax), Germany (Bayern), Italy (Juventus), France (LOSC Lille) and Spain (Real Madrid).

Unseeded teams

The unseeded teams consist of the confirmed group runners up from the eight groups. They include two teams each from Spain (Atletico and Villareal), and Portugal (Benfica and Sporting CP). The others are each from England (Chelsea), Italy (Inter), France (Paris Saint-Germain), and Austria (Salzburg).

Group of 16 matches to be played over two legs

The group of 16 clashes will take place over two legs, with each team playing home and away. The first legs will take place on February 15, 16, 22 and 23. The second leg games will take place on March 8, 9, 15, and 16.

Draw will pit each seeded team against an unseeded one

In the draw, each seeded team will face off against an unseeded one. No two sides from the same national association will face each other in the last 16. For instance, two teams from England cannot clash in a group-of-16 game. Thus, seeded teams such as Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool will not clash with Chelsea (in the unseeded list). Also, clubs will not clash with teams they met in the group stage.

Defending champions Chelsea fail to top group H

Defending champions Chelsea appeared set to head Group H. They led 3-2 in stoppage time, in their last game versus Russian side Zenit. However, a last-gasp equaliser by Zenit meant that Chelsea finished second in the group. Juventus, who were two points clear of the English side, topped the points table.

Chelsea can face Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, or Lille, in the round of 16. Last year’s runners up Manchester City can face Atletico Madrid, Sporting, Inter Milan, Benfica, Villareal, or Salzburg.

Away goals rule done away with

In a major change in the rules this season, the organisers have done away with the away-goals rule. The rule came into play when round of 16 games between two sides ended in a tie. Let’s assume that the scores were 1-0 and 1-2.

The team that scored the away goal in the 2-1 result would qualify for the quarter-final round. The amended rules provide for extra time of 30 minutes to help break the tie. If the scores remain tied even after extra time, a penalty shoot-out will help decide the winner.

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Raj was born and raised in Nagpur, Rajesh moved to Pune to pursue a degree in the English Language at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Having a knack for writing from a very young age, he naturally excelled in his studies and decided to dip his toes in content editing, as well. Now, a full-time Editor, he enjoys spending his free time watching IPL and badminton matches and writing his first novel. His favourite sport is cricket and he believes cricket is life. But I’ve always dreamed of becoming a professional badminton player, so badminton is also at the top of my list. His biggest win is Saina Nehwal’s bronze at the 2016 Olympics landed him a brand new laptop after his bet on the winning margin came through. His biggest goal is meeting Saina Nehwal and telling her about his biggest win.