The draw for the 1st knockout round (Round of 16) of the UEFA Champions League took place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, today at 12:00 CET (11:00 UK time).
Soccerlens brought you the draw LIVE as each of the 8 matches was being drawn.
2007/08 UEFA Champions League
Round of 16
to be played 19/20 February & 4/5 March
12:17: Sixth match: ARSENAL vs. AC MILAN!!!
Seventh match: OLYMPIAKOS vs. CHELSEA
Eighth match: FENERBAHCE vs. SEVILLA
12:15: Fifth match: ROMA vs. REAL MADRID!!
12:14: Third match: SCHALKE vs. PORTO
Fourth match: LIVERPOOL vs. INTER!!!!!
12:13: Second match: LYON vs. MANCHESTER UNITED!!
12:12: First match: CELTIC vs. BARCELONA!!
12:11: The DRAW BEGINS!! Runners-up first.
12:08: Explanation of the draw procedure.
12:05: A presentation of the 16 teams still in the competition, and their progress so far.
12:00pm: Pre-draw ceremonies have begun. A presentation of the UEFA Champions League, its innovations over the past years, explanation of the playoffs rules, etc.
Among the contenders are the 3 most successful clubs in the history of the competition — 9-time winners Real Madrid CF, holders and 6-time champions AC Milan, and a Liverpool FC side who lifted the European Champion Clubs’ Cup for a 5th occasion in 2005. Liverpool are among the second seeds along with English rivals Arsenal FC.
- 1st-ranked teams from the Group Stage will be drawn to play against 2nd-ranked teams (i.e. the group winners cannot be drawn against each other, and the group runners-up cannot be drawn against each other).
- The winners and runners-up of the same group cannot be drawn against each other.
- Clubs from the same country cannot be drawn against each other.
- The group runners-up shall play their 1st-leg match at home.
Group Stage Results – Group Winners & Runners-up
The table below outlines all the possible pairings for the draw. Note that for a full preview of the knock-out draw team by team, you can read our “2007/2008 Champions League 2nd Round Draw: Preview” post by Eddie Griffin.
Possible pairings in Friday’s Round of 16 Playoffs Draw:
|Real Madrid||Real Madrid||Schalke||Roma|
|Inter Milan||AC Milan||Celtic||Celtic|
|FC Porto||Inter Milan||Lyon||Lyon|
|AC Milan||Inter Milan||Roma||Porto|
|Real Madrid||Barcelona||Real Madrid||Real Madrid|
|Man Utd||Man Utd||Sevilla||Man Utd|
|AC Milan||AC Milan||Chelsea||AC Milan|
|Inter Milan||Inter Milan||Inter Milan||Barcelona|