Arsenal’s penalty for dropping a dud away to Napoli on Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League group stage is a Round of 16 encounter with Bayern Munich.
Manchester City, who beat Bayern 3-2 on December 10 but took their foot off the gas when manager Manuel Pellegrini lost track of Group D’s goal difference, will face Barcelona in the next round of Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
Conversely, Manchester United have been handed a relatively straightforward assignment against Olympiacos as a reward for winning Group A, while record champions Real Madrid should have little problem with Group E runners-up Schalke, who are currently sixth in the Bundesliga.
It’s always worthwhile to top one’s bracket, as doing so goes a long way in ensuring at least an extra pair of matches in the lucrative Champions League.
The following slides will reveal the winners and losers from Monday’s Round of 16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. Not surprisingly, they fall on either side of the first-place/runners-up divide.
Round of 16 ties
AC Milan–Atletico Madrid
Bayer Leverkusen–Paris Saint-Germain
Zenit St. Petersburg–Borussia Dortmund