PSG vs. Man United as Messi, Ronaldo rivalry resumes


Manchester United have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16 with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi set for another showdown clash.

Ronaldo and Messi faced each other in the Champions League group stage last season with the Portugal international scoring twice as Juventus secured a 3-0 win at Barcelona.

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Both clubs faced each other at the same stage of the 2018-19 campaign where United progressed to the quarterfinals after a stunning result at the Parc de Princes.

The French giants earned a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the first leg but United shocked PSG with a Romelu Lukaku double and a last-gasp Marcus Rashford penalty in Paris to go through.

PSG avenged their elimination last season when they secured a 3-1 win at Old Trafford as United were knocked out of the competition during the group stages.

Ronaldo is seeking to win his sixth Champions League trophy and his second at United while Messi has won the competition four times.

Messi also picked up a record-seventh Ballon d’Or trophy last month while Ronaldo has won the award five times during his career.

Atletico Madrid will meet Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in another standout tie in the competition.

Bayern enjoyed a perfect winning record in the group stages while Atletico progressed to the round-of-16 with a dramatic final day win at Porto.

Manchester City face Europa League holders Villarreal while Liverpool were drawn against FC Salzburg.

After progressing to the knockout stages at the expense of Barcelona, Benfica will play against Real Madrid for a place in the quarterfinals.

Champions League holders Chelsea will face Ligue 1 champions Lille after Thomas Tuchel’s side finished second in their group.

Sporting CP will face Juventus while Inter Milan meet an in-form Ajax side.

Group winners will be away in the first leg, with ties to be played on Feb. 15, 16 and 22, 23. Return legs will be played on March 8, 9 and 15, 16.

The away goals rule has also been abolished in European tournament knockout ties this season.

The rule, which had been in place since 1965, was used to determine a winner when teams were level on aggregate after a two-legged match. The team that had scored more goals as the away side were awarded the victory. But from now, this will be replaced by extra time and penalties.

UEFA will draw the quarterfinal and semifinal ties on the same day for this season, scheduled for March 18.

The final will take place on Saturday, May 28 at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

ROUND-OF-16 DRAW:

Benfica vs. Real Madrid

Villarreal vs. Manchester City

Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich

FC Salzburg vs. Liverpool

Inter Milan vs. Ajax

Sporting CP vs. Juventus

Chelsea vs. Lille

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United



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