*4 FIXTURES TO BE BROADCAST IN WEEK OF NEXTGEN FOOTBALL ON EUROSPORT*
FC Barcelona; Internazionale; Sporting CP; PSG; Liverpool FC;
Aston Villa; CSKA Moscow; AFC Ajax; Tottenham Hotspur; Juventus;
Chelsea FC; Rosenborg BK; Olympiacos; Arsenal; Anderlecht; PSV
Following the last group game tonight, NextGen has unveiled the fixtures for the Last 16 as some of Europe’s finest clubs go head-to-head in a bid to secure a place in the final stages of the Next Gen knock-out competition.
The six group winners and the two best runners-up – FC Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Sporting Clube de Portugal, CSKA Moscow, Inter Milan, Olympiacos, Ajax and Juventus will have home advantage, with the tie being played over one leg.
All five English sides in the competition face tough away ties in the last 16, with Tottenham Hotspur travelling to Paris to face Group 2 winners PSG, Liverpool visit Sporting CP who they played twice in last season's Group stage, Chelsea will travel to the famed Mini Estadi to face FC Barcelona, Aston Villa play last season's finalists AFC Ajax in Amsterdam whilst Arsenal face last season’s Champions Internazionale.
NextGen newcomers Juventus, who remain unbeaten in the tournament will play Rosenborg, CSKA Moscow host PSV Eindhoven whilst the final tie of the last 16 sees NextGen debutants Olympiacos play RSC Anderlecht.
Commenting on the draw, NextGen Series co-founder Justin Andrews said:
"There are eight very exciting fixtures which we are all looking forward to watching. I’m sure the players will relish the opportunity to pit themselves against some of the best young players in Europe for a chance in the NextGen quarter-finals.”
The Last 16 ties (fixtures dates TBC) are:
PARIS ST GERMAIN vs. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
CSKA MOSCOW vs. PSV EINDHOVEN
SPORTING CP vs.LIVERPOOL FC
FC BARCELONA vs. CHELSEA FC
INTERNAZIONALE vs. ARSENAL FC
OLYMPIACOS vs. RSC ANDERLECHT
JUVENTUS vs. ROSENBORG BK
AFC AJAX vs. ASTON VILLA FC
Following the terms and conditions of the tournament, ties are decided by listing all sixteen teams in order of their performance (determined by highest point scorers, goal difference, away goals) in the Group stages.
The six group winners, the six runners-up and the four best third place sides are then put in an ordered 16 team list. The ties are thus 1vs16, 2vs15, 3vs14, 4vs13, 5vs12, 6vs11, 7vs10, 8vs9.