31 Dec 2021 | 06:03 | Football
At 18:00 on December 13, the draw for the 1/8 round of the Champions League 2021/22 was held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. It seemed that fans would continue to see the clash between Ronaldo and Messi when PSG faced Manchester United.
However, in the end, the drawing ceremony had to be reorganized due to errors in the drawing process, leading to unfair results. Accordingly, there were 3 errors occurred.
First, when UEFA Deputy General Secretary – Giorgio Marchetti raised a drawing named Villarreal, then former Arsenal player – Andrey Arshavin drew a drawing called Manchester United. This is an unlikely matchup because the Yellow Submarine and the Red Devils were in the same group in the previous stage.
Second, although Liverpool are in the same group as Atletico Madrid, the organizers still put the English team on the list of names that the Rojiblancos can meet.
And finally, when Mr. Marchetti raised the draw named Atletico Madrid in the second group of the group, the name Man United was not among the teams that the La Liga representative could face.
After the drawing ceremony ended, the 8 matches of the round of 16 Champions League teams this season have been officially fixed. Accordingly, the match that attracts the most attention is Lionel Messi’s PSG against the team that used to be arch-rivals – Real Madrid.
In addition, the match between Atletico Madrid and Man Utd is also very remarkable when these two teams have relatively equal strengths.