Europa League draw LIVE: Rangers, Barcelona and Dortmund among teams in playoffs

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The Europa League trophy before its presentation at the end of the 2020/21 campaign (Getty Images)
The Europa League trophy before its presentation at the end of the 2020/21 campaign (Getty Images)

Barcelona against Napoli is the stand out tie in the Europa League play-offs, with Rangers taking on Borussia Dortmund.

Barcelona find themselves trying to keep alive their hopes of European football after finishing third in their Champions League group behind Bayern Munich and Benfica. It is the first time since 2003-04, when Barcelona were in the UEFA Cup, that the Catalan club will not be in the knockout stages of the Champions League, a competition they have won five times. Napoli, winners of the competition in 1989, progressed from a Europa League group which included Leicester, who they beat 3-2 in the final group game in Naples.

Sevilla, who have won the competition a record six times, will have added incentive to add to that tally with this season’s final taking place at their Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. Real Betis also see the final hosted in their home city and will play 2008 winners Zenit St Petersburg. The competition’s most successful club Sevilla were paired with Dinamo Zagreb.

Follow all the latest from the Europa League draw below.

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Champions League draw

14:09 , Dylan Terry

Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City

Champions League draw

14:08 , Dylan Terry

RB Salzburg vs Bayern Munich

Champions League draw

14:07 , Dylan Terry

Back over to Lyon we go. And here comes the draw...

Champions League draw

14:06 , Dylan Terry

Think it’s time we got Rod involved.

Champions League draw

14:02 , Dylan Terry

The draw was scheduled for 2pm but we are yet to cross over to Lyon. I have no problem with that - let’s make sure they get it right...

Champions League draw

13:59 , Dylan Terry

Pep Guardiola has given his take on the Champions League draw error during his pre-match press conference ahead of their clash with Leeds tomorrow night.

He said: “You want an assessment about the draw? It is going to happen again.

“It is fair. It was a mistake. These things can happen, to managers, players and UEFA too. It is fair. It would be a mistake not to repeat, there would be suspicions.”

Champions League draw

13:57 , Dylan Terry

Part of me really wants to see the exact same ties drawn second time around. Then the other part of me doesn’t want this whole thing to be one giant waste of time.

There will certainly be a few angry clubs if this draw is significantly different from the first one.

Champions League draw

13:55 , Dylan Terry

So who could the English teams face? Here are the permutations for each of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Feels like deja vu.

Liverpool could face: PSG, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, Inter Milan, Villarreal, RB Salzburg.

Manchester City could face: Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, Inter Milan, Villarreal, RB Salzburg.

Manchester United could face: PSG, Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, Inter Milan, RB Salzburg.

Chelsea could face: Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Lille.

Champions League draw

13:53 , Dylan Terry

So just a few minutes until the SECOND Champions League draw for the round of 16.

I am not sure I have a third in me, so let’s hope there’s no major errors this time around.

Champions League draw

13:50 , Dylan Terry

A reminder of the two pots:

Group winners: Manchester United, Lille, Juventus, Ajax, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Real Madrid.

Runners-up: PSG, Chelsea, Sporting Lisbon, Inter Milan, RB Salzburg, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Benfica.

Clubs from the same country cannot face one another in the last 16. You also cannot be drawn against a side from the same group.

Let’s hope UEFA remember all of that this time!

Champions League draw

13:45 , Dylan Terry

This is what UEFA had to say following the error. Sadly you feel someone is going to lose their job over all of this.

Champions League draw

13:41 , Dylan Terry

Here was the original draw which is now null and void. Will we get any of the same ties second time around?

  • Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United

  • Chelsea vs Lille

  • Sporting Lisbon vs Juventus

  • Inter Milan vs Ajax

  • RB Salzburg vs Liverpool

  • Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich

  • Villarreal vs Manchester City

  • Benfica vs Real Madrid

Champions League draw

13:31 , Lawrence Ostlere

The redraw will take place at 2pm GMT – 30 minutes from now.

Champions League draw

13:21 , Lawrence Ostlere

Here is that Uefa statement which blamed a “technical problem” for the draw failure.

“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. As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET.”

Champions League draw

13:12 , Lawrence Ostlere

This is the moment when Manchester United’s ball – in the second pot from the right, back row – was not included in the Atletico Madrid draw.

Champions League draw

13:08 , Lawrence Ostlere

There are going to be some very upset fans who would have reacted quickly to the draw in order to secure cheap flights and hotels, only to find out that they might now be going to wrong the place and staying in the wrong city. Perhaps Uefa can compensate those few who’ve been stung...

Champions League draw

13:03 , Lawrence Ostlere

What an extraordinary 24 hours it’s been in the world of sport. Here is our full story on one of the more bizarre events in Champions League history:

Uefa to redo Champions League draw after Manchester United ball error

Champions League draw

12:58 , Dylan Terry

Safe to say you won’t have seen this sort of sporting controversy since...well the F1 yesterday. But still, utterly bizarre.

Champions League draw

12:53 , Dylan Terry

So just to confirm, the draw will now take place at 2pm GMT. The entirety of the original draw has been made void.

Safe to say there will be a few relieved Manchester United fans. Also safe to say a few Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City supporters may be a little angry.

Champions League draw

12:47 , Dylan Terry

I must be honest, I didn’t think a Champions League draw would have this level of controversy. I’m going to have to postpone my lunch.

Champions League draw

12:45 , Dylan Terry

Here is UEFA’s official statement:

“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.

“As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET.”

Champions League draw

12:44 , Dylan Terry

We go again!

Champions League draw

12:43 , Dylan Terry

According to BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone the Champions League draw is going to be re-done at 2pm.

Madness!

Champions League and Europa League draws

12:36 , Dylan Terry

Real Madrid are said to be asking that if a re-draw does take place that it begin after they were drawn against Benfica. The mistake came after that.

Champions League and Europa League draws

12:32 , Dylan Terry

So we’ve got Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United in the Champions League and Barcelona vs Napoli in the Europa League.

Having said that, there are still murmurs that the Champions League draw may be done again due to the mistake involving Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.

Will keep you updated if an official statement is released by UEFA.

Europa League draw

12:27 , Dylan Terry

WHAT a tie this is. Barcelona face Italian side Napoli for a place in the last 16 of the Europa League. Yes you read that right!

Europa League draw

12:22 , Dylan Terry

A European draw without a hitch! The Europa League showing the Champions League how it’s done...

Europa League draw

12:21 , Dylan Terry

Here is the full draw then. Barcelona against Napoli. Rangers face Erling Haaland and Borussia Dortmund.

  • Sevilla vs Dinamo Zagreb

  • Atalanta vs Olympiacos

  • RB Leipzig vs Real Sociedad

  • Barcelona vs Napoli

  • Zenit St Petersburg vs Real Betis

  • Borussia Dortmund vs Rangers

  • Sheriff Tiraspol vs Braga

  • Porto vs Lazio

Europa League draw

12:20 , Dylan Terry

Porto vs Lazio

Europa League draw

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Sheriff Tiraspol vs Braga

Europa League draw

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Borussia Dortmund vs Rangers

Europa League draw

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Zenit St Petersburg vs Real Betis

Europa League draw

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Barcelona vs Napoli (wow!)

Europa League draw

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RB Leipzig vs Real Sociedad

Europa League draw

12:15 , Dylan Terry

Atalanta vs Olympiacos

Europa League draw

12:14 , Dylan Terry

Sevilla vs Dinamo Zagreb

Europa League draw

12:13 , Dylan Terry

Here we go then...

Europa League draw

12:11 , Dylan Terry

I’ve made a mistake myself! West Ham will not be drawn today. It is only the runners-up of each group and the teams dropping down from the Champions League.

West Ham will then meet one of those teams in the last 16.

Europa League draw

12:10 , Dylan Terry

So the big teams involved in this draw include Rangers, Sevilla and Barcelona. It will be quite incredible to see Barcelona in the Europa League.

The Catalan giants were knocked out of the Champions League group stages for the first time in 20 years.

Europa League draw

12:09 , Dylan Terry

You have to feel for Uefa deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti. He now has to conduct this draw with the knowledge that he just oversaw a calamitous Champions League draw.

Tough job.

Champions League draw

12:08 , Dylan Terry

Champions League draw controversy! Find out all that went on here...

Were Manchester United ‘left out’ of the Champions League draw?

Europa League draw

12:04 , Dylan Terry

Bizarrely there are now 24 teams in the second round of the Europa League, so we can’t call it the last 16.

Instead, the runners-up of each group will face a side dropping down from the Champions League. Then the winners of those ties will meet the group winners in the last 16.

Europa League draw

12:01 , Dylan Terry

Right, now for the Europa League draw. Surely they can’t fudge this one up as well?!

Champions League draw

11:59 , Dylan Terry

As we wait for the Europa League draw, the fallout of the error in the Champions League draw continues.

Manchester United were left out of the pot for Atletico Madrid but then mistakenly included in the pot for Villarreal.

Could there be a re-draw?

Champions League draw

11:53 , Dylan Terry

You have to say Liverpool will be over the moon with this draw.

Champions League draw

11:48 , Dylan Terry

Manchester City take on Villarreal. They’ll be confident of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Champions League draw

11:43 , Dylan Terry

So Manchester United fans, concerned?

Europa League draw

11:38 , Dylan Terry

A reminder that the Europa League draw is coming up very shortly. West Ham are involved in that one so stick around for more European ties.

Champions League draw

11:37 , Dylan Terry

Chelsea face Lille. A kind draw for the defending champions?

Champions League draw

11:33 , Dylan Terry

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool will be happy with their draws.

The defending European champions take on Lille as they avoid Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Manchester City face Villarreal - a side beaten twice by rivals Manchester United in the group stage.

And Liverpool take on Champions League knockout newbies RB Salzburg.

You have to favour the three English sides in those clashes.

Champions League draw

11:30 , Dylan Terry

So it’s Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. That’s the headline.

Messi vs Ronaldo. Pochettino vs Manchester United. If only there was a narrative to the tie?

Champions League draw

11:28 , Dylan Terry

Champions League draw

11:24 , Dylan Terry

So it’s a bit of a nightmare for Manchester United! They have been drawn against the Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

It will be Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo yet again.

Champions League draw

11:23 , Dylan Terry

Here is the full draw then. First legs to take place on the 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd of February.

  • Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United

  • Chelsea vs Lille

  • Sporting Lisbon vs Juventus

  • Inter Milan vs Ajax

  • RB Salzburg vs Liverpool

  • Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich

  • Villarreal vs Manchester City

  • Benfica vs Real Madrid

Champions League draw

11:21 , Dylan Terry

Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United

Champions League draw

11:20 , Dylan Terry

Chelsea vs Lille

Champions League draw

11:20 , Dylan Terry

Sporting Lisbon vs Juventus

Champions League draw

11:19 , Dylan Terry

Inter Milan vs Ajax

Champions League draw

11:18 , Dylan Terry

RB Salzburg vs Liverpool

Champions League draw

11:17 , Dylan Terry

Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Champions League draw

11:15 , Dylan Terry

Villarreal vs Manchester City

There was a mistake! They drew Manchester United but the two teams were in the same group so it could not happen! Turns out it is technical!

Champions League draw

11:14 , Dylan Terry

Benfica vs Real Madrid

Champions League draw

11:12 , Dylan Terry

Right, I think we’re just about there. I am hoping my next post is the first match.

Champions League draw

11:11 , Dylan Terry

We are now being explained the ‘technical procedure’. I don’t know about you but I had no idea pulling 16 balls out of a pot was so technical.

Champions League draw

11:09 , Dylan Terry

The 2022 Champions League final takes place in Saint-Petersburg which is why Andrey Arshavin is conducting the draw.

He has come onto the stage and is now being asked a series of rather dull questions. It’s almost as if he isn’t too fussed? Stunning.

Champions League draw

11:06 , Dylan Terry

The draw is taking place in Lyon. We seem to be approaching the end of the formalities. I’m hoping it will get going soon.

Champions League draw

11:02 , Dylan Terry

Eight countries are represented in the draw - England, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands and Austria.

The 16 teams have won the tournament 41 times between them.

Champions League draw

11:00 , Dylan Terry

Something the TV coverage has just reminded me of is that the away goals rule is no longer in effect in the Champions League this season.

No more “they’ve scored one but it feels like two” type shenanigans this time around.

Champions League draw

10:58 , Dylan Terry

The draw is scheduled to take place at 11am GMT. Whether or not the ACTUAL draw begins then we don’t know. There could well be some red tape to cut before we get down to the draw.

Let’s see.

Champions League draw

10:57 , Dylan Terry

Manchester City are the bookies favourites to win the Champions League this season. They are often tipped to lift the trophy but are yet to do so since the big investment came in a decade ago.

Last season they finished runners-up after being beaten by Chelsea in the final. Can they go one step further this time around?

Champions League draw

10:53 , Dylan Terry

England’s group winners await their fate!

Champions League draw

10:48 , Dylan Terry

Who are your favourites for the Champions League this season? Three teams secured maximum points in the group stages - Liverpool, Ajax and Bayern Munich.

But then there were a number of sides who came on strong towards the end of the group - most notably Manchester City and Real Madrid.

It’s all to play for as we head into 2022.

Champions League draw

10:42 , Dylan Terry

Just 20 minutes to go now as Europe’s biggest clubs prepare to find out their destiny in the last 16 of the Champions League.

A quick reminder that after the draw there will be a short break before the Europa League draw commences at 12pm.

Champions League draw

10:37 , Dylan Terry

You can imagine the one team all the group winners will want to avoid is the star-studded Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ligue 1 leaders finished behind Manchester City in their Champions League group and will now face a tough test in the second round.

They could face Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or Juventus.

Champions League draw

10:33 , Dylan Terry

Just 30 minutes to go. Who do you want to see your team face?

Champions League draw

10:28 , Dylan Terry

So Chelsea fans, are you praying for a tie against Lille in the last 16? It certainly appears the easier of the four options.

Obviously they are the Ligue 1 champions and no pushover, but the 2020 winners Bayern, 13-time champions Real Madrid and ever-resurgent Ajax would be an almighty task in the second round.

Champions League draw

10:23 , Dylan Terry

So who could the English teams face? Here are the permutations for each of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Liverpool could face: PSG, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, Inter Milan, Villarreal, RB Salzburg.

Manchester City could face: Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, Inter Milan, Villarreal, RB Salzburg.

Manchester United could face: PSG, Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, Inter Milan, RB Salzburg.

Chelsea could face: Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Lille.

Champions League draw

10:18 , Dylan Terry

An Arsenal *legend shall be conducting the draw today. Andrey Arshavin is set to pull out the 16 balls to decide who faces who for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

*Is he a legend?

Champions League draw

10:13 , Dylan Terry

A reminder that the Champions League draw is set for 11am GMT and will then be followed shortly after by the Europa League draw.

Champions League draw

10:10 , Dylan Terry

So Liverpool won their group with six wins from six and will be confident whoever they are drawn against in the last 16.

Manchester United overcame a couple of wobbles to also finish top of their group, although you imagine Ralf Rangnick will want a kind draw as he continues to bed his players in to a new regime.

Manchester City finished above PSG in a tough group as they proved their Champions League credentials once more.

But Chelsea came up short following their draw to Zenit in the final game, a result which saw them drop to second behind Juventus.

Champions League draw

10:05 , Dylan Terry

Who do we want to see face one another in the last 16 of the Champions League? There promises to be some outstanding ties drawn in around one hour’s time.

Champions League draw

09:49 , Lawrence Ostlere

Follow live updates from the Champions League draw as the four English teams discover their fates.

The 2019 champions Liverpool are among the top seeds after winning their group with a perfect six-from-six record and are joined by fellow group winners and three-time European champions Manchester United, and the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. Chelsea finished second in their group, however, and that means Thomas Tuchel’s reigning European champions will face one of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Ajax or Lille in the last 16.

The draw will now be made to determine first knockout round ties, scheduled to take place in February and March next year, which will see the remaining teams split into seeded and non-seeded sides ahead of the two-legged fixtures. No team can face a side from their own country or from their group.

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