Champions League draw redone after controversy: Real Madrid draw PSG, Inter face Liverpool in UEFA redo


Paris Saint-Germain will face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last 16 after the draw was redone due to an earlier error. After mistakenly drawing Manchester United against fellow group survivors Villarreal in the first draw (and then failing to replace United when the initial error was corrected) UEFA opted to redo the entire draw — despite Real initially drawing SL Benfica.

“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. As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET.”  

The new draw has paired PSG with Real as the highlight clash while Lille OSC got Chelsea in both draws and Inter Milan vs. Liverpool is also a heavyweight showdown. When the Champions League resumes in February you can watch all the matches right here on Paramount+.

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Confirmed UCL draw

Red Bull Salzburg vs. Bayern Munich
Sporting CP vs. Manchester City
SL Benfica vs. AFC Ajax
Chelsea vs. Lille OSC
Atletico Madrid vs. Manchester United
Villarreal CF vs. Juventus
Inter Milan vs. Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid

What went wrong?

PSG and United were drawn together but the Red Devils were initially drawn to face group opponents Villarreal (who were ineligible after they played each other in the group stage already) before being replaced by rivals Manchester City who now have Sporting CP.

Knockout stage dates?

The Champions League quarterfinal, semifinal and final draw will take place on March 18. The last 16, quarterfinal and semifinal draws all lead the teams towards Saint Petersburg’s Gazprom Arena which will host the 2021-22 Champions League on May 28.

Confirmed Europa League draw

In the Europa League, Barcelona vs. Napoli has a decidedly Champions League feel to it, RB Leipzig vs. Real Sociedad is also appetizing and FC Porto vs. SS Lazio also qualify as high-profile draws while Borussia Dortmund against Rangers is not short of charm.

Sevilla vs. Dinamo Zagreb
Atalanta vs. Olympiacos
RB Leipzig vs. Real Sociedad
Barcelona vs. Napoli
Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Real Betis
Borussia Dortmund vs. Rangers
Sheriff vs. Braga
Porto vs. Lazio


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