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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 15, 2015
NYON---The Champions League draw produced
some familiar pairings yesterday with defending
champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-
Germain again taking on Chelsea.
Barcelona eliminated Arsenal in the 2010 quar-
terfinals and in the round of 16 in 2011, and beat the
English club in the 2006 final.
Arsenal will host the five-time champions on Feb-
ruary 23 after advancing to the knockout round for
the 16th straight season. The Gunners will be hoping
to end a five-year losing streak at the round-of-16
stage. French champion PSG and Chelsea will be
meeting for the third consecutive season in the knock-
out phase. Chelsea won in the quarterfinals in 2014
but PSG advanced from the round of 16 last season.
PSG, which set a competition record conceding
only one goal in its group, could be the favourite
against Chelsea for the first time.
Also, five-time champion Bayern Munich will play
away first against 2015 runner-up Juventus, while
record 10-time champion Real Madrid will face Roma.
Bayern beat the Italian champion Juventus in the
quarterfinals when it last won the trophy three seasons
ago. Man City s first leg in Kiev will be played in an
empty stadium because Dynamo has been sanctioned
by UEFA for racist incidents involving fans.
The first legs will be played on February 16-17 and
23-24, with the second legs scheduled for March 8-
9 and 15-16.
NYON---Dumped out of the Champions
League, Manchester United s next Euro-
pean match will be a trip to western Den-
United was paired with Danish champion
Midtjylland yesterday in the round of 32 of
the Europa League.
Midtjylland, noted for its progressive
management, was formed in 1999, midway
through the English club s celebrated tre-
ble-winning season when it won the second
of its three European titles.
With United coach Louis van Gaal under
increasing scrutiny for his team s results
and playing style, Midtjylland at least was
a lower-key option than facing a Valencia
team now coached by former Old Trafford
great Gary Neville.
Valencia, the 2004 UEFA Cup champion,
was the first team picked and was paired
with Rapid Vienna. Liverpool manager Juer-
gen Klopp also avoided a high-profile
reunion, though he will head back to Ger-
many. The English club was drawn to face
Augsburg, with the first leg on February 18
and the second leg a week later.
Klopp s former club, unseeded Borussia
Dortmund, was paired with FC Porto.
Like United and Porto, two-time defend-
ing Europa League champion Sevilla dropped
into the second-tier competition after plac-
ing third in a Champions League group.
Sevilla, which was the first team to take
up the Champions League place now award-
ed to the Europa League champions, will
host Molde in the first leg.
In other pairings, it was: Fiorentina vs
Tottenham, Shakhtar Donetsk vs Schalke,
Villarreal vs Napoli, Saint-Etienne vs FC
Basel and Fenerbahce vs Lokomotiv Moscow.
The Fenerbahce-Lokomotiv match will
be the first competitive meeting between
Turkish and Russian clubs amid political
tension between the countries.
Barcelona to play
Arsenal again in
UEFA Secretary General and Fifa president
candidate, Gianni Infantino, draws a ball during the
draw of the 2015/16 Champions League Round of 16
at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Draw for the second round
of Champions League:
Feb 16-17 and 23-24
Gent (Belgium) vs Wolfsburg (Germany)
Roma (Italy) vs Real Madrid (Spain)
Paris Saint-Germain (France) vs Chelsea (England)
Arsenal (England) vs Barcelona (Spain)
Juventus (Italy) vs Bayern Munich (Germany)
PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) vs Atletico Madrid
Benfica (Portugal) vs Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia)
Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) vs Manchester City (England)
March 8-9 and 15-16
Wolfsburg (Germany) vs Gent (Belgium)
Real Madrid (Spain) vs Roma (Italy)
Chelsea (England) vs Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Barcelona (Spain) vs Arsenal (England)
Bayern Munich (Germany) vs Juventus (Italy)
Atletico Madrid (Spain) vs PSV Eindhoven
Zenit St Petersburg (Russia) vs Benfica (Portugal)
Manchester City (England) vs Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine).
Man United heads to Denmark in last 32
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