UCL draw: Man City, Madrid get favourable ties

Holders Manchester City will play FC Copenhagen in this season’s Champions League round of 16, while 14-time winners Real Madrid face RB Leipzig.

Copenhagen, who earned a memorable win against Manchester United on their way to finishing second in Group A, are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition.

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Elsewhere, Barcelona were drawn to face Napoli, notable for being two former clubs of late Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

Arsenal, in their first appearance in the round of 16 since 2016-2017, face two-time winners FC Porto, while Bayern Munich were handed clashes with Lazio.

Paris Saint-Germain, who finished runners up in Group F behind Borussia Dortmund, drew Spanish side Real Sociedad.

The round of 16 kicks off with group winners hosting the first-leg matches, which will be played on Feb. 13-14 and 20-21.

Return legs will be played on March 5-6 and 12 -13.

This is the final season of the traditional format, before it becomes a 36-team competition with one knockout bracket based primarily upon final positions.

The final will take place on June 1 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.


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