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FC Barcelona finished top of their UEFA Youth League group, ahead of Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and BATE Borisov, thus earning direct passage to the last sixteen, along with Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Chelsea and Manchester City (England), Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain (France), PSV Eindhoven (Holland) and Benfica (Portugal).
Meanwhile, the eight teams that finished second in the first round groups have been involved in playoffs this week against the eight qualifiers from the ‘Domestic Champions Path’.
Now that those games are over, it’s time to start looking forward to the last sixteen draw on Monday at 1.00pm CET. Each of the eight ‘Champions League Path’ winners will be drawn against a team from the ‘Domestic Champions Path’, for what will be one-legged ties, with home advantage drawn randomly.
Tasty potential ties
Teams that met in the group stage cannot be drawn against each other again, so Barça will not be able to meet AS Roma in this round, but there is no separation by nationality, so Barça could face Spanish rivals in either Valencia or Real Madrid.
The Catalans could also be drawn against the side that knocked them out at this same stage of the competition a year ago, Anderlecht of Belgium.
Other tough prospects are Ajax of Holland and Middlesbrough of England, while there are two lesser known properties in the draw as well. Midtjylland of Iceland are the team that put Atlético Madrid out of the competition on penalties this week, while Pribram of the Czech Republic beat CSKA Moscow.
FC Barceloan won the inaugural edition of the UEFA Youth League two years ago, while Chelsea are the current defending champions.
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