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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Champions League Round of 16 - Real Madrid Draw Manchester United, Barca Tackle Milan as Arsenal Clash with Bayern Munich

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will have his first chance to face his former employers Manchester United after the two teams were drawn to face each other in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

United, who topped Group H, will travel to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg in February to face Jose Mourinho’s men in what will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s first match against the club he for £80 million left three years ago.

Another mouthwatering encounter will see Barcelona face off with Italian giants AC Milan. The two teams have met 15 times before with the most recent being in last season's competition when the Catalans prevailed with a 3-1 aggregate win. Arsenal who finished second in Group B will tackle Group F table toppers Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga leaders will be aiming to avoid another heartbreak at the hands of an English opposition following their defeat against ousted defending Champions Chelsea in the May final.

Glasgow giants Celtic face a stun test against Serie A runaway leaders Juventus. The last time the two teams met was in 2001 with the Scottish side winning 4-3. 

High spending Paris Saint Germain have a tricky Valencia side to overcome as they aim to progress beyond the last 16 in their maiden Champions League appearance.

Borussia Dortmund, the in form team in the competition so far have a fairly easy task in the shape of Shakhtar Donetsk while their Bundesliga counterparts Schalke 04 have been drawn to play against Greek outfit Galatasaray. Porto and Malaga complete the draw for the round of 16.

The first leg matches will be played on the 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th February, 2013 with the return legs set for March 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th.

Real Madrid    v          Manchester United
Arsenal          v        Bayern Munich
AC Milan        v          Barcelona
Celtic               v          Juventus
Galatasaray     v          Schalke 04
Shakhtar          v          Borussia Dortmund
Valencia          v          Paris Saint Germain
Porto               v          Malaga

And That's thesteifmastertake!!