As it Happened: European club draws

Updated: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 13:01

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Follow the action as it unfolded as the draws for the first knockout stage of the Champions League and Europa League

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Champions League last 16:

Galatasaray vs Schalke 04

Celtic vs Juventus

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan vs Barcelona

Real Madrid vs Man Utd

Valencia vs PSG

FC Porto vs Malaga

First legs to be played 12/13/19/20th February, 2013

Second legs to be played 5/6/12/13th March, 2013

Europa League last 32:

BATE vs Fenerbahce

Inter Milan vs CFR Cluj-Napoca

Levante vs Olympiacos

Zenit St Petersburg vs Liverpool

Dynamo Kiev vs Bordeaux

Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica

Newcastle vs FC Metalist Kharkiv

VfB Stuttgart vs Genk

Atletico Madrid vs Rubin Kazan

Ajax vs Steaua Bucuresti

Basle vs Dnipro

Anzhi Makhachkala vs Hannover 96

Sparta Prague vs Chelsea

Borussia M'gladbach vs Lazio

Tottenham vs Lyon

Napoli vs Plzen 

First legs to be played 14 February

Second legs to be played 21 February

Europa League last 16

Napoli/Plzen vs BATE/Fenerbahce

Bayer Leverkusen/Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev/Bordeaux

Anzhi Mackhachkala/Hannover 96 vs Newcastle/FC Metalist Kharkiv

VfB Stuttgart/Genk vs Borussia M'gladbach/Lazio

Tottenham/Lyon vs Inter Milan/CFR Cluj-Napoca

Levante/Olympiacos vs Atletico Madrid/Rubin Kazan

Basle/Dnipro vs Zenit St Petersburg/Liverpool

Ajax/Steaua Bucuresti vs Sparta Prague/Chelsea

First legs to be played 7 March

Second legs to be played 14 March 


Ajax/Steaua Bucuresti vs Sparta Prague/Chelsea in E League round of 16


Tottenham/Lyon vs Inter Milan/CFR Cluj-Napoca in E League round of 16


Newcastle/FC Metalist will face Mackhachkala/Hannover 96 in Europa League round of 16


Zenit St Petersburg/Liverpool will play Basle/Dnipro in round of 16


Draw for Round of 16 coming up shortly


First legs are on February 14, with the returning tie seven days later. 


Napoli v Plzen


Tottenham Hotspur v Lyon


Mönchengladbach v Lazio




Sparta Prague v Chelsea 


Anzhi Makhachkala v Hannover 96


Basel v FC Dnipro


Ajax v Steaua Bucharest 


Atletico Madrid v Rubin Kazan


Stuttgart v Genk


Newcastle United v Metalist Kharkiv


Bayer Leverkusen v Benfica


Dynamo Kiev v Bordeaux


Zenit St Petersberg v Liverpool 


Levante v Olympiakos 


Inter Milan v Cluj


FC Bate Borisov v Fenerbache 


Here comes the draw.....


Liverpool, Inter Milan, Napoli, Benfica, Ajax and Chelsea are some of the teams in this Europa League draw. It might not rival what came out of the Champions League draw but we should see some fascinating pairings. 


The Europa League draw is coming up now. There will be two draws, for the Round of 16 as well as the Round of 32. 


More on the blockbuster tie from the Champions League. Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid's director of institutional relations, said it would be a special match for Cristiano Ronaldo and the two managers Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson.

He said on "I am sure it will be a special game for him. He's a great professional. I'm sure he's going to do his best to help us qualify. It's going to very, very special for him.

"It will be a thrilling experience for everyone. Manchester United are not only a great team but a great organisation known around the world."




The Europa League draw is coming up at 1pm with Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle and Liverpool involved. 


Celtic boss Neil Lennon called his side's draw against Juventus "a beauty" but very tough.

Lennon said: "Well in terms of glamour it's a beauty. Juventus are one of the great traditional European teams.

"They're current Italian champions and finished the group stage very strongly.

"So in terms of glamour it's great, in terms of qualification it is going to very tough, but it could have been any of the other teams and it would have been just as tough."




Barcelona's match with AC Milan almost fails to catch the eye with some of the other ties drawn.

Their most recent encounter was in the quarter-finals last season, when Barca prevailed 3-1 on aggregate with Lionel Messi scoring twice in the second leg.


The Europa League draw is coming up and we'll have more reaction to these fantastic ties. 


United have a slight advantage over Real in that as group winners they will get to play the second leg at home.

Arsenal and Celtic, who were group runners-up, will both play their second legs away.




The draw is in full above. One of the best last 16 line-ups ever?


[tweet] Very true 


The draw had the same eight ties as the rehearsal draw. Neil Lennon said that the Juventus tie is very special in terms of glamour for Celtic. 


A remarkable draw in Nyon with Real Madrid set to meet Manchester United in a mouth-watering clash. 


Porto v Malaga


Valencia v Paris Saint-Germain


Real Madrid v Manchester United


AC Milan v FC Barcelona


Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund


Arsenal v Bayern Munich


Celtic v Juventus 


Galatasaray v FC Schalke 


Here we go.....


We are not yet ready as "there is a bit of work to be done beforehand" according to the presenter in Nyon.


The great Steve McManaman is in Nyon to help make the draw for the last 16. He is an ambassador as part of the Wembley final.


The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is about to begin. Click on Live above. 


Arsene Wenger has admitted he wants to avoid Barcelona in the draw, especially given their recent record against the Spanish champions. 


[tweet] Neil Lennon ready for the draw


Seeded teams will play the first leg away from home, on the 12/13 February or 19/20 February

The return leg is then on the 5/6 March or 12/13 March.


The rehearsal draw saw two mouth-watering tie emerge with Manchester  United paired with Real Madrid and Arsenal with Bayern Munich. I think both English sides will hope for a better result in the real draw. 


Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes the German Bundesliga is threatening the Premier League's status as the most exciting league in the world.

For the first time since 1999, more teams from the Bundesliga made it out of the initial group stage of the Champions League than their English counterparts.

With Bayern Munich, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund all seeded for this morning's knockout round draw, they are well placed to make deep inroads in the competition.

So, with cheap ticket prices fuelling a soccer boom in the country, Ferguson believes they offer a genuine challenge to England's position.

"The Premier League is still the most exciting in Europe," Ferguson told

"The great thing about our league is that anyone can beat you.

"It has always had that great quality and in general it is 100 per cent commitment, which the supporters recognise.

"But Germany is very successful at the moment also.

"The crowds there are fantastic and it is very cheap in relation to English football, which encourages supporter participation

"The stadiums are great and the games are good quality with a lot of goals.

"Germany is creeping up but ours is still the most exciting."


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Chelsea are second favourites behind Atletico Madrid to win the Europa League - their reward for finishing third in their Champions League group - with the draw for the second tier of European football also being held later this morning.

The Blues are joined in the last 32 by Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle, although none of the Premier League rivals are able to face each other at this stage.

Atletico are possible opponents for Chelsea and Liverpool, while big names such as Inter Milan, Napoli, Benfica and Ajax remain in the competition



Celtic's progress this year has given Scottish football a much-needed boost.

If Neil Lennon’s side win this year’s Scottish Premier League, they are likely to enter the 2013/2014 competition at the second round of qualifying, the same point as League of Ireland champions Sligo Rovers.  

The Hoops will be one of 17 possible opponents for Sligo and must progress through three rounds to reach the group stage.

Celtic beat HJK Helsinki and Helsingborg to reach the Champions League Group G.


The possibilities facing Arsenal after finishing as group runners-up are alarming, with Barcelona, PSG, Malaga, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Bayern Munich their potential opponents.

Manchester United will want to avoid the competition's second favourites Real Madrid most of all, but they can also draw Porto, AC Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia or Celtic.

The Hoops defied all expectations to qualify as group runners-up behind Barcelona and will face one of United, Malaga, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke or PSG.


[tweet] A battle of Britain is on the mind of Rio Ferdinand.


Rafael Benitez insists the winners of the Champions League will be one of Europe's traditional heavyweight clubs.

Benitez, interim manager of ousted holders Chelsea, refuses to consider rising forces such as Shakhtar Donetsk and Paris St Germain as genuine contenders.

"Barcelona, Real Madrid, the English teams, Bayern Munich and Juventus are strong teams," said Benitez, winner of the competition with Liverpool in 2005.

"Obviously they're the big names and they'll be there again, it won't change too much.

"You can find a surprise in some seasons but because those teams are so strong, I don't see there being any surprises this year."


Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Liverpool are in the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League. It follows the Champions League draw. Teams from the same country are unable to meet at this stage of the competition.


Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid will be the side to avoid with PSG, Schalke, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester United their possible opponents. A potentially classic last-16 tie could emerge from the draw.


The draws for the knockout stages of the Champions League and the Europa League take place this morning.

You can watch the draw for Europe's premier club competition live here from 10:30am, with plenty of intrigue set to follow from the eight ties.

Celtic will hope to continue their fine European performance, while Arsenal could face a tricky tie after finishing runner-up in their group.

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