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Man Utd, Lyon face stern challenges

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Latest update : 2008-12-20

A tough test lies ahead for 2008 title holders Manchester United after they drew to meet Italian champions Inter Milan in the last 16. Lyon will have the task of playing against Barcelona, one of the hottest favourites of the competition.

REUTERS - Holders Manchester United were given a tough draw in the last 16 of the Champions League when they were paired with Italian champions and Serie A leaders Inter Milan on Friday. 

Another heavyweight game will feature Real Madrid and Liverpool, champions 14 times between them, while last year's runners-up Chelsea were paired with Juventus, managed by former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri.
 
Arsenal, finalists in 2006, play AS Roma, while Barcelona, the only non-English side to reach the semi-finals last season, play Olympique Lyon.

Villarreal, who reached the semi-finals in their first appearance in 2006, drew Panathinaikos while the other ties are Atletico Madrid v Porto and Sporting v Bayern Munich.

The ties take place on Feb. 24/25 and March 10/11 with the final on May 27 in Rome.

Date created : 2008-12-19

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