Bayern, Arsenal to meet again


December 13, 2016
AP UEFA deputy secretary general Giorgio Marchetti displays a ticket showing Portugal's "FC Porto", during the draw for the Round of 16 of the Champions League at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland yesterday.

NYON, Switzerland (AP):

In another edition of a one-sided Champions League rivalry, Bayern Munich will play Arsenal in the round of 16 for the third time in five seasons.

Bayern ousted Arsenal in back-to-back seasons in the first knockout round in 2013 and '14, and also in 2005. Still, they traded home wins in the group stage last season, and this time Arsenal are seeded so will host the return match on March 7.

"Arsenal are a strong team and, I think, currently, they are better than in previous years," Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said.

Also in Monday's draw, defending champion Real Madrid will host Napoli first on February 15, and Barcelona will travel first to play Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.

One of the best balanced round of 16 draws in recent years with Bayern and Madrid unseeded as runners-up in a group was also dominated by the elite. All 16 teams come from leagues ranked in Europe's top six when the season started.

Leicester are the only round of 16 newcomers and were drawn to play first at Sevilla, the Europa League winners for the past three seasons.

Also, it was: Manchester City vs Monaco; Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund; FC Porto vs Juventus; and Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid.

The first legs will be played from February 14-22, with return matches from March 7-15.

The final will be on June 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

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