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Winners and losers in second Champions League draw as Man Utd rejoice but Liverpool face tougher test

The Champions League round of 16 draw had to be made for TWICE after Uefa officials botched the first attempt.

Happy execution forgot to put Manchester United back in the pot after drawing them initially with Villarreal – the team they played in the group stage.

The redraw has shown some intriguing clashes over the past 16
The redraw has shown some intriguing clashes over the past 16
The original draw had to be abandoned after a foul involving Man United
The original draw had to be abandoned after a foul involving Man United

The rules state that the opponents of Group F cannot meet again so soon, so the entire draw must be replayed with all 16 faces back in the hat.

And that inevitably resulted in some teams getting an easier game than they anticipated, while others were redrawn against heavier opponents.

Here SunSport implements the rule of most winners and most losers from the last 16 Champions League redraw.

WINNER

Among the biggest winners must be People unite themselves – whose initial draw to face Villarreal start the whole Uefa antics in Nyon.

After realizing the mistake, officials chose the Red Devils to face mighty Paris Saint-Germain for a Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi super.

But the official drawing shows United going the opposite way Atlético Madrid – not a much easier prospect but one that has struggled to qualify from Group B.

Diego Simeone’s men are languishing in fourth in the country – although they will certainly see Old Trafford as an easier prospect than their original rivals.

Atletico had to face a Bayern Munich Besides, as the highest ranked team in the competition for Uefa club coefficients, it is true that no one is afraid.

But the swap of Simeone’s Spanish champions for disabled Austrian side RB Salzburg must be seen as a stunning result at the Allianz Arena.

Erik Ten Hag soars high Ajax The team was initially held to a draw against Serie A champions Inter Milan before committing the first foul.

The move to the Portuguese friars Benfica – who won just two games in their group – was a clear improvement for Simone Inzaghi’s men.

However, strangely enough, the move itself was probably a reward for Benfica too, as they now avoid the Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Villarreal might think their job is a little easier when they face Juventus rather than Premier League champions Manchester City.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been prepared for another clash with Lionel Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been prepared for another clash with Lionel MessiCredit: Splash

LOSERS

While Man United may have benefited from a redraw, their arch-rivals Liverpool are definitely losing.

The Red Devils have faced Salzburg but now face the prospect of clashing with Inter in the round of 16 – who are back at the top of the Italian top flight.

LaLiga leaders Real Madrid have to compete for another Champions League trophy, given their good form domestically.

But the round of 16 now looks more difficult after they were rescheduled to face PSG instead of Benfica.

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi and former Real captain Sergio Ramos will lick their lips during their return to the Bernabeu.

Sport Perhaps they liked their chances against Juventus in the initial draw but a new round of 16 opponent Man City was just as bad.

Pep Guardiola’s men must be among the favorites to get ahead in a better way than the runner-up the team managed last year.

Liverpool will need Mo Salah to shoot to overcome Inter Milan

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Liverpool will need Mo Salah to shoot to overcome Inter MilanCredit: EPA

CONSTANT

One piece of furniture has been preserved through both draws – Chelsea with Lille.

Blues fans might even think of themselves as winners with that result, as they have avoided heavyweights like PSG and Inter.

And things like Salzburg, Juventus, City man – and the dangerous duo of PSG and burial – saw little change in their quarterly gain outlook.

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