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Favourable Schalke Draw For City

Favourable Schalke Draw For City

Manchester City’s reward for winning Champions League Group F is a two-legged last-16 tie against German Bundesliga side Schalke.

Despite losing their opening game of this season’s tournament against Lyon at the Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola’s men eased to qualification for the first knockout stage as they finished five-points clear of the French Ligue 1 side.

And, they will no doubt be pleased with the draw, which took place in Nyon on Monday morning.

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Schalke, who they last met in the UEFA Cup back in the 2008-09 campaign, are currently 13th in the Bundesliga and have won only four of 15 games.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s reward for qualifying from Group H is a tie against the top scorers in the tournament so far, Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham have been handed the tough task of facing Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund – who topped Group A and are still unbeaten domestically.

While Liverpool will also head to Germany to take five-time winners Bayern Munich – with the two teams not meeting in this tournament since 1981.

The other fixtures see Atletico Madrid clash with Juventus, Ligue 1 outfit Lyon take on Barcelona, Roma face Group D winners Porto, while four-time winners Ajax come up against 13-time winners and defending champions Real Madrid.

The group winners are away in the first leg of the round of 16 on either 12/13 and 19/20 February, then at home in the return matches on 5/6 and 12/13 March.

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