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UEFA Champions League last 16 draw to be made again after ‘technical problem’

The original draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone.

Abhinav Goel Author

Updated - 18 December 2021 10:27 pm

Champions League Draw
Highlights
  • The revised draw will be made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
  • In another error, United were excluded from the pot of possible opponents for Atletico Madrid.

The Champions League last-16 draw will take place again at 07:30 PM IST after a “technical problem” caused an error in the draw earlier, which had been made at 04:30 PM IST. The original draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone. The revised draw will be made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

Manchester United were initially drawn to face Villarreal but this was not possible because the two teams had already faced each other in the group stage. In another error, United were excluded from the pot of possible opponents for Atletico Madrid and Liverpool were included instead.

The Champions League last-16 draw made earlier was: Benfica vs Real Madrid, Villarreal vs Manchester City, Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich, Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool, Inter vs Ajax, Sporting vs Juventus, Chelsea vs Lille and PSG vs Manchester United.

In a statement, Uefa said: “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 14:00 GMT.”

Check out the official announcement here:

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