The decision to reverse the draw for the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League was made following the outcry and controversy it caused. Due to the errors that were made in the previous draw, the Round of 16 was re-arranged to ensure that the best possible matchup was presented to the fans.
The first match up will be between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, which will be held on February 15, 2019. It will be Lionel Messi’s first encounter with the Catalan team.
Each match will be played over two legs. The teams with the most goals will advance to the quarterfinals.
For the first time in almost five decades, no goals will be scored away from home during the second leg of a tie in the Round of 16. This rule change was also implemented to prevent a shootout.
The first leg will be played on February 16 to 23 and the second leg on February 26 to 27. The winner of the group will host the second leg as it’s considered an advantage to have home advantage. It will determine the remaining 16 teams in the tournament.
Champions League Round of 16 schedule
Round of 16 – 1st Legs
|Tues, Feb. 15||PSG 1, Real Madrid 0||3 p.m.|
|Tues, Feb. 15||Sporting CP 0, Man City 5||3 p.m.|
|Wed, Feb. 16||Inter Milan 0, Liverpool 2||3 p.m.|
|Wed, Feb. 16||RB Salzburg 1, Bayern Munich 1||3 p.m.|
|Tues, Feb. 22||Chelsea vs. LOSC Lille||3 p.m.|
|Tues, Feb. 22||Villarreal CF vs. Juventus||3 p.m.|
|Wed, Feb. 23||Atletico Madrid vs. Man United||3 p.m.|
|Wed, Feb. 23||Benfica vs. Ajax||3 p.m.|
Round of 16 – 2nd Legs
|Tues, March 8||Bayern Munich vs. RB Salzburg||3 p.m.|
|Tues, March 8||Liverpool vs. Inter Milan||3 p.m.|
|Wed, March 9||Man City vs. Sporting CP||3 p.m.|
|Wed, March 9||Real Madrid vs. PSG||4 p.m.|
|Tues, March 15||Ajax vs. Benfica||4 p.m.|
|Tues, March 15||Man United vs. Atletico Madrid||4 p.m.|
|Wed, March 16||Juventus vs. Villarreal||4 p.m.|
|Wed, March 16||LOSC Lille vs. Chelsea||4 p.m.|
Quarterfinal draw !
After the Round of 16’s winners are confirmed, the draw for the quarterfinals will be held on March 18. Unlike the Round of 16, the teams from the same country will not be placed in the same bracket.It will determine the remaining 16 teams in the tournament.
The knockout stages will be played according to the same rules as the Round of 16. If both teams are level after the first leg, 30 minutes of extra time will be allotted to determine the winner.
Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4
Final: May 28, 2022
How to watch?
The knockout stages of the 2021-22 European Champions League are broadcasted in the US by CBS Sports and Univision.
CBS Sports has a live studio show called UEFA Champions League Today that can be streamed on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. The remaining matches of the Champions League can be streamed through fuboTV with a free trial. To watch the games, Univision will also stream them on its free ad-supported platform, PrendeTV.