Barcelona take on Liverpool

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

FC Barcelona and Liverpool, the last two champions of Europe, were drawn against each other on Friday for the first knockout round of the Champions League.

Barcelona take on Liverpool

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FC Barcelona and Liverpool, the last two champions of Europe, were drawn against each other on Friday for the first knockout round of the Champions League. Defending champion Barcelona will play the first leg at home and travel to five-time winner Liverpool for the second leg two weeks later. Jose Mourinho will lead his Chelsea team against FC Porto, the team he coached to the title three seasons ago, while record nine-time champion Real Madrid faces four-time winner Bayern Munich. AC Milan, champion six times, must get past Celtic, which won the title in 1967. The other pairings: PSV Eindhoven vs Arsenal; Lille vs Manchester United; AS Roma vs Lyon; Inter Milan vs Valencia. The first legs are February 20-21, with the second March 6-7. The final is May 23 in Athens. Winners of the group stages were kept apart from runners-up in Friday's draw, and no two teams from the same group or country could face each other. The group winners have a slight advantage of playing the second legs at home. Liverpool won its fifth title in Istanbul in 2005, coming from 3-0 down at halftime to tie 3-3 with AC Milan and then win a penalty shootout. Last season, Barcelona rallied to beat Arsenal 2-1 in Paris. (AP)



Topics : Football Barcelona Inter Milan
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