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Champions League last 16 draw an exact repeat of rehearsal

Exactly the same eight ties were pulled out of the hat in yesterday's dry run, in a bizarre twist of fate, including Real Madrid - Manchester United and AC Milan - Barcelona

The Champions League draw for the last 16 has seen the same teams pitted against one another as yesterday's rehearsal.

The draw, conducted by Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino in Nyon, conjured up mouthwatering ties such as Real Madrid - Manchester United and AC Milan - Barcelona.

But it had an air of familiarity to it, as Wednesday's mock-up gave us the same eight ties, with Bayern Munich also facing Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund playing Shakhtar Donetsk.

The first leg of the last 16 will be played on February 12, 13, 19 or 20, with the reverse ties on March 5, 6, 19 or 20.

Bookmaker William Hill have stated the odds of the main draw being the same as the practise version are only 1679-1.

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