Uefa CL draw boob

NYON. — A re-draw for the Champions League football last 16 has pitted Manchester United against Atletico Madrid after Ralf Rangnick’s side had initially been drawn to face Paris Saint-Germain.

A surprise turn of events yesterday saw the initial last-16 draw declared void after what UEFA called a “technical error” involving Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The re-draw took place three hours later, and Liverpool now face Italian Serie A champions Inter Milan, Chelsea drew French Ligue 1 winners Lille — having done so in the first draw as well — while Manchester City will take on Sporting Lisbon. United looked to have been offered the biggest reprieve after drawing PSG in the initial draw, but a meeting with Atletico in European competition since 1991 will still provide a stern test.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid will perhaps feel the most aggrieved by the error — they were drawn against Benfica in the morning but will now face PSG instead.

Elsewhere, Liverpool’s reward for becoming the first English side to win all six Champions League group games is a tie with Inter, who won Serie A last season and currently top the table after 17 games. It was a case of deja vu for defending champions Chelsea, who were drawn against Lille in both the original and rescheduled draw. City, last season’s losing finalists, face Sporting for the first time since the two sides met in the Europa League nine years ago.

The last-16 ties will be split across different weeks, with the first legs taking place on February 15-16 and February 22-23. The second legs are then on March 8-9 and March 15-16. The Champions League draw was conducted in Nyon by UEFA deputy general secretary, Giorgio Marchetti, and UEFA head of club competitions, Michael Heselschwerdt, with the help of special guest Andrey Arshavin.

Eight balls representing eight runners-up were in one bowl, while eight group winners were in individual pots. Every winner was to be drawn against a runner-up from a different group and football association.

Champions League last-16 draw

Salzburg vs Bayern Munich

Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City

Benfica vs Ajax

Chelsea vs Lille

Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United

Villarreal vs Juventus

Inter Milan vs Liverpool

Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid

What was the original Champions League last-16 draw?

Benfica vs Real Madrid

Villarreal vs Manchester City

Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Salzburg vs Liverpool

Inter Milan vs Ajax

Sporting Lisbon vs Juventus

Chelsea vs Lille

Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United — Sky Sports

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