UEFA Champions League 2016-2017: Draw for Last 16 held at Nyon

Thursday, December 15, 2016

On Monday, the draw for the Last 16 for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League took place in Nyon, Switzerland at 12:00 local time. The draw took place in two pots, one consisting of the respective group winners, and the second of the runners-up. Winners of the Last 16 play in the quarter-finals.

Champions League logo.

UEFA Champions League is the competitive league of Europe in which football clubs topping their respective leagues play for the trophy. 32 clubs across the continent played in eight groups, and the winner and runner-up of each group qualified for the Last 16 knockout round.

Borussia Dortmund, leading their group are to face Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. Manchester City drew to AS Monaco. They have never met in Champions League before.

French Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain face the defending La Liga winners FC Barcelona. Paris SG have faced the Catalonians in the quarter-finals in the 2012–13 and 2014–15 Champions League season, Barcelona winning both.

English capital club Arsenal drew the defending German Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich. The Gunners have faced the German giants ten times, winning only thrice. Bayern has defeated Arsenal five times in the Champions league matches — eliminating Arsenal thrice in the Last 16.

Italian Serie A champions Juventus are to play FC Porto. Atlético Madrid face German side Bayer Leverkusen. This year's UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla F.C. are to play English champions Leicester City.

Defending champions Real Madrid drew S.S.C. Napoli. Before the draw, Napoli captain Marek Hamšík said, "I don't fear anybody, honestly. We won't be scared even if we get Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid. If we play with the determination we had at the weekend against Cagliari, we can beat any team."

Respective group winners are to play the first game away from home. First leg is scheduled to be played in February.

The final is scheduled to be played in Cardiff, Wales.

Spanish clubs have won the last three editions of the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid defeating Atletico Madrid twice, and Barcelona defeating Juventus in 2015 and winning their second treble. Sevilla F.C. has won last three consecutive UEFA Europa Leagues.

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