When Will Champions League Round of 16 Start?
When Will Champions League Round of 16 Start?

When is the Champions League round of 16?

The first legs are scheduled for 15/16/22/23 February, with the second legs on 8/9/15/16 March.

Kick-offs are at 21:00 CET.

2021/22 UEFA Champions League dates

*Round of 16, first legs (15/16, 22/23 February)

*Round of 16, second legs (8/9, 15/16 March)

*Quarter-final & semi-final draw (18 March)

*Quarter-finals, first legs (5/6 April)

*Quarter-finals, second legs (12/13 April)

*Semi-finals, first legs (26/27 April)

*Semi-finals, second legs (3/4 May)

*Final (28 May)

Schedule Confirmed After Voided Fixtures

After some controversy during the first attempt at making the UEFA Champions League last-16 draw, the fixtures are now set.

Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain highlights the games, which will feature two-legged ties for spots in the quarterfinals. The knockout phase will begin February 15.

Here is the full set of matches:

1.Manchester City vs. Sporting CP

2.Liverpool vs. Internazionale

3.Ajax vs. Benfica

4.Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain

5.Bayern Munich vs. FC Salzburg

6.Manchester United vs. Atletico Madrid

7.Lille vs. Chelsea

8.Juventus vs. Villarreal

In this round of 16, clubs are not eligible to compete against opponents from their own league or teams they faced during the group stage.

Manchester United finished first in Group F, while Villarreal earned second place. Though UEFA correctly redrew when Manchester United came up as an opponent, the team wasn't added to the pot for the next draw.

That saw Atletico Madrid end up with a tough matchup against Bayern Munich, while United was drawn against Paris Saint-Germain to set up a battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Coincidentally, the second draw set up a tie between Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. Though this should be an exciting battle, both clubs are arguably better off with this matchup. It also pits Ronaldo against an opponent he faced many times in La Liga.

Salzburg is the unlucky team that will match up with Bayern, which is a favorite in the competition after winning all six group-stage matches while outscoring opponents 22-3.

Liverpool and Ajax will also try to stay undefeated in Champions League with respective battles against Inter and Benfica.

Holder Chelsea will face Lille, which is the same opponent drawn against the first time around. Manchester City is another top contender after surviving a tough Group A. Last year's finalist will start its knockout-stage run against Sporting CP.

In arguably the biggest match of the round, Real Madrid will face PSG in a contest between two semifinalists from last season.

Barcelona legend Messi gets another battle against his longtime rival, this time alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as part of one of the top attacks in the world. It will be a difficult tie for Real, which is cruising at the top of La Liga.

When Will Champions League Round of 16 Start?
The last 16 learn what lies between them and the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Who will play who in the UEFA Champions League last 16 and Full Schedules?

15 February & 9 March

Sporting CP (POR) vs Manchester City (ENG)

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) vs Real Madrid (ESP)

16 February & 8 March

Salzburg (AUT) vs Bayern (GER)

Inter (ITA) vs Liverpool (ENG)

22 February & 16 March

Chelsea (ENG) vs LOSC Lille (FRA)

Villarreal (ESP) vs Juventus (ITA)

23 February & 15 March

Benfica (POR) vs Ajax (NED)

Atlético (ESP) vs Manchester United (ENG)

Round of 16 In Full Match Schedules

First legs

Tuesday 15 February

Sporting CP vs Manchester City

Paris vs Real Madrid

Wednesday 16 February

Salzburg vs Bayern

Inter vs Liverpool

Tuesday 22 February

Chelsea vs LOSC Lille

Villarreal vs Juventus

Wednesday 23 February

Benfica vs Ajax

Atlético vs Manchester United

Second legs

Tuesday 8 March

Bayern vs Salzburg

Liverpool vs Inter

Wednesday 9 March

Manchester City vs Sporting CP

Real Madrid vs Paris

Tuesday 15 March

Ajax vs Benfica

Manchester United vs Atlético

Wednesday 16 March

LOSC Lille vs Chelsea

Juventus vs Villarreal

Matchday 6

Tuesday 7 December

Group A: Paris 4-1 Club Brugge, Leipzig 2-1 Man. City

Group B: Porto 1-3 Atlético de Madrid, AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool

Group C: Dortmund 5-0 Beşiktaş, Ajax 4-2 Sporting CP

Group D: Real Madrid 2-0 Inter, Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Sheriff

Wednesday 8 December

Group E: Benfica 2-0 Dynamo Kyiv, Bayern 3-0 Barcelona

Group F: Man. United 1-1 Young Boys

Group G: Salzburg 1-0 Sevilla, Wolfsburg 1-3 LOSC

Group H: Juventus 1-0 Malmö, Zenit 3-3 Chelsea

Thursday 9 December

Group F: Atalanta 2-3 Villarreal

Matchday 5

Tuesday 23 November

Group E: Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Bayern, Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

Group F: Villarreal 0-2 Man. United, Young Boys 3-3 Atalanta

Group G: Sevilla 2-0 Wolfsburg, LOSC 1-0 Salzburg

Group H: Malmö 1-1 Zenit, Chelsea 4-0 Juventus

Wednesday 24 November

Group A: Man. City 2-1 Paris, Club Brugge 0-5 Leipzig

Group B: Atlético de Madrid 0-1 AC Milan, Liverpool 2-0 Porto

Group C: Beşiktaş 1-2 Ajax, Sporting CP 3-1 Dortmund

Group D: Inter 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff 0-3 Real Madrid

Matchday 4

Tuesday 2 November

Group E: Dynamo Kyiv 0-1 Barcelona, Bayern 5-2 Benfica

Group F: Villarreal 2-0 Young Boys, Atalanta 2-2 Man. United

Group G: Wolfsburg 2-1 Salzburg, Sevilla 1-2 LOSC

Group H: Malmö 0-1 Chelsea, Juventus 4-2 Zenit

Wednesday 3 November

Group A: Man. City 4-1 Club Brugge, Leipzig 2-2 Paris

Group B: AC Milan 1-1 Porto, Liverpool 2-0 Atlético de Madrid

Group C: Sporting CP 4-0 Beşiktaş, Dortmund 1-3 Ajax

Group D: Real Madrid 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff 1-3 Inter

Matchday 3

Tuesday 19 October

Group A: Club Brugge 1-5 Man. City, Paris 3-2 Leipzig

Group B: Atlético de Madrid 2-3 Liverpool, Porto 1-0 AC Milan

Group C: Beşiktaş 1-4 Sporting CP, Ajax 4-0 Dortmund

Group D: Shakhtar Donetsk 0-5 Real Madrid, Inter 3-1 Sheriff

Wednesday 20 October

Group E: Barcelona 1-0 Dynamo Kyiv, Benfica 0-4 Bayern

Group F: Young Boys 1-4 Villarreal, Man. United 3-2 Atalanta

Group G: Salzburg 3-1 Wolfsburg, LOSC 0-0 Sevilla

Group H: Chelsea 4-0 Malmö, Zenit 0-1 Juventus

Matchday 2

Tuesday 28 September

Group A: Paris 2-0 Man. City, Leipzig 1-2 Club Brugge

Group B: AC Milan 1-2 Atlético de Madrid, Porto 1-5 Liverpool

Group C: Ajax 2-0 Beşiktaş, Dortmund 1-0 Sporting CP

Group D: Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter, Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff

Wednesday 29 September

Group E: Bayern 5-0 Dynamo Kyiv, Benfica 3-0 Barcelona

Group F: Atalanta 1-0 Young Boys, Man. United 2-1 Villarreal

Group G: Salzburg 2-1 LOSC, Wolfsburg 1-1 Sevilla

Group H: Zenit 4-0 Malmö, Juventus 1-0 Chelsea

Matchday 1

Tuesday 14 September

Group E: Barcelona 0-3 Bayern, Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Benfica

Group F: Young Boys 2-1 Man. United, Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta

Group G: Sevilla 1-1 Salzburg, LOSC 0-0 Wolfsburg

Group H: Chelsea 1-0 Zenit, Malmö 0-3 Juventus

Wednesday 15 September

Group A: Man. City 6-3 Leipzig, Club Brugge 1-1 Paris

Group B: Atlético de Madrid 0-0 Porto, Liverpool 3-2 AC Milan

Group C: Beşiktaş 1-2 Dortmund, Sporting CP 1-5 Ajax

Group D: Sheriff 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter 0-1 Real Madrid

When is Champions League Quarterfinals, Semis & Final Schedules

After the Round of 16 winners are determined, there will be a quarterfinal draw held on Friday, March 18 that will also establish the rest of the bracket through to the final. There are no seedings involved in that draw and, unlike the Round of 16, teams from the same country can be drawn against one another.

The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played with the same rules as the Round of 16: The team with the most aggregate goals after two legs advances. If teams are tied after the second leg, they will play 30 minutes of extra time and, if the deadlock persists, a penalty kick shootout will determine the winner. The away goals tiebreaker is no longer in use.

Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13

Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4

Final: May 28, 2022 (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Where is the 2022 final?

Saint Petersburg's Gazprom Arena will stage the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, with the game scheduled for 28 May 2022.

It will be Russia's second final: Manchester United overcame Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 decider in Moscow.

What changes are there this season?

The so-called away goals rule has been removed, so ties level after 180 minutes will go to extra time irrespective of the number of goals each team has scored at home and away. If the teams still cannot be separated after the additional 30 minutes, the tie goes to a penalty shoot-out.

Two seeding pots were formed: one consisting of the eight group winners (seeded teams) and the other of the eight runners-up (unseeded teams). No team could be drawn against a club from their group or any side from their own association.

Seeded group winners were drawn away in the round of 16 first legs and at home in the return matches.

No away goals

The away goals rule has been abolished. If the tie is level after 180 minutes, it goes to extra time. If the teams still can't be separated after an additional 30 minutes, the tie goes to a penalty shoot-out.

Squad changes

Each club can register a maximum three new players for the remaining matches by midnight CET on 2 February 2021. Players are allowed to have played for another club in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League but there are restrictions on the number of 'List A' players.

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