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Bayer Leverkusen will be FC Barcelona’s opponent in the Last 16 of the Champions League. The Germans finished second to Chelsea in their group, and beat out Valencia and Genk for a spot in the next round. The Catalans and the Germans were paired up today at noon at the Champions draw ceremony in Nyon, Switzerland.

The away match will be in Germany on February 14th and the return leg will be played at the Camp Nou on March 7th. It’s worth remembering that FC Barcelona earned the right to play the return leg at home after winning Group H, beating out AC Milan, Viktoria Plzen and BATE Borisov.

Second in Group E

Pep Guardiola’s men will play against the team that finished second to Chelsea in Group E, Bayer Leverkusen. The Germans were about to finish first in the group, but in the last matchday their draw with Genk, and Chelsea’s victory over Valencia, meant that the men managed by Robin Dutt were made to settle for second. It’s worth noting that Bayer Leverkusen beat both Chelsea (2-1) and Valencia (2-1) at Bay Arena. In both occasions the Germans were able to overturn the initial goals from Drogba and Jonas, respectively.

All the playoffs

O. Lyon - Apoel
Naples - Chelsea
AC Milan - Arsenal
Basel - Bayern M.
B. Leverkusen - Barça
CSKA Moscow - R. Madrid
Zenit - Benfica
O. Marseille - Inter

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