Manchester City handed Copenhagen test in Champions League last 16

The Champions League trophy alongside the draw for the last 16. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA
  • Arsenal face Porto, while PSG take on Real Sociedad
  • Barcelona’s tie with Napoli stands out after draw

Holders Manchester City will face FC Copenhagen in the last 16 of the Champions League. Arsenal, the current Premier League leaders, will take on Portuguese side Porto in the first knockout round.

The ties, the first legs of which will take place in February 2024, were confirmed after the draw at the Swiss headquarters of organiser Uefa in Nyon on Monday.

City played Copenhagen – who came through a group that included Manchester United – in the early stages last season, winning 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium and drawing 0-0 in Denmark. Porto, meanwhile, qualified as runners-up to Barcelona in Group H.

Spanish champions Barcelona were handed a tough assignment against Serie A winners Napoli. Real Madrid, the record 14-time winners, were paired with Leipzig, while their city rivals Atlético must face Inter.

Paris St Germain will play the fourth Spanish side in the draw, Real Sociedad, with the two German teams – Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – tackling Lazio and PSV, respectively.

As winners of their groups, City and Arsenal will play the first legs of their ties away. The first legs will take place on 13, 14, 20 or 21 February, with the return matches on 5, 6, 12 or 13 March.

The draw for the Europa League knockout playoff round, which featured the eight group runners-up plus eight teams dropping down from the Champions League, was also made. Brighton, Liverpool, West Ham and Rangers were not involved, having all topped their groups and progressed straight through to the last 16.

Galatasaray, who edged out Manchester United to take third in their Champions League group, will face Sparta Prague, with Milan, who finished above Newcastle, facing Rennes. Other notable ties were Feyenoord v Roma, along with Shakhtar Donetsk v Marseille.