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Champions League last-16 ties redrawn after technical error in the process

Manchester United will take on Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, while Paris St-Germain will face Real Madrid, after UEFA on Monday declared the original draw void due to a technical error in the process.

Earlier, United were mistakenly drawn with Villarreal, even though both teams had already faced each other in the group stage while the Premier League side’s ball was not added to the bowl as a potential opponent for Atletico Madrid.

United were eventually drawn with PSG while Atletico drew Bayern Munich before the draw was scrapped after the Spanish side complained and UEFA admitted the error.




“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,” UEFA said on its website.

“As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 15:00 CET.”

PSG’s initial draw with United was a highly anticipated battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the competition’s two top goal scorers.



The pair have won 12 of the last 13 Ballon d’Or awards for player of the year with Messi leading 7-5 after victory in 2021.