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Real Madrid to face Man City, Liverpool meet Atletico

Tuesday, 2019-12-17 09:52:35
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 draw - Nyon, Switzerland - December 16, 2019 General view before the draw. (Reuters)
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Thirteen-times winners Real Madrid were drawn against English champions Manchester City while title-holders Liverpool must face Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 following Monday's draw.

* Manchester United will take on Club Brugge in the last 32 of the Europa League while struggling Arsenal will face Greek side Olympiakos following Monday's (Dec 16) draw in Nyon.

* Wilfried Zaha's equaliser lifted Crystal Palace up to ninth in the Premier League table as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton on Monday (Dec 16).

* Third-placed Lazio scored twice in added time as they came from behind to snatch a dramatic win 2-1 at Cagliari in Serie A on Monday (Dec 16) and notch their eighth successive league win.

* Australia and New Zealand would deliver the highest-attended women's soccer World Cup in 2023, with projections of more than 1.5 million spectators and an average crowd of 24,000 if they are awarded the tournament, officials said on Tuesday.

* Carlo Ancelotti has reached an agreement in principle to become the next manager of struggling Premier League club Everton, Sky Sports reported on Monday.

* World soccer body FIFA on Monday (Dec 16) filed claims in Swiss courts seeking to recover 2 million Swiss francs (£1.56 million) that it said were paid inappropriately by ex-FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter to former French football star Michel Platini.

* The world's first global governing body for e-sports was launched on Monday (Dec 16) to develop the "credibility, legitimacy and prestige" of the sport. Headquartered in Singapore, the Global Esports Federation (GEF) plans to develop and stage the first Global Esports Games next year.

Reuters, CNA