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Who Inter can get in the Champions League last 16 draw

Jamie Spencer
Inter have reached the Champions League knockout for the first time in a decade
Inter have reached the Champions League knockout for the first time in a decade / Stefano Guidi/GettyImages
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Inter are through to the last 16 of the 2021/22 Champions League, with fans now eagerly awaiting who the club's next opponent will be.

This is everything you need to know about the last 16 draw and which clubs are available to face...


How Inter qualified for the Champions League last 16

After three successive group stage exits since returning to the Champions League in 2018, this is the first time that Inter have actually reached the knockout stages since the 2011/12 season.

A slow start with only one point from their first two games against Real Madrid and Shakhtar Dontesk was forgotten with back-to-back wins over Sheriff, before an Edin Dzeko brace at home to Shakhtar secured progression. Victory over Real Madrid in Spain on matchday six would even have seen the Nerazzurri top the group but it was too tough a challenge and they finished second.


Who Inter can get in the Champions League last 16 draw

Inter will be keen to avoid Liverpool, who have already won at San Siro this season
Inter will be keen to avoid Liverpool, who have already won at San Siro this season / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

The draw splits group winners and runners-up into seeds and non-seeds. At this stage all group winners will be kept apart, while no club be drawn with another from the same country. Inter also cannot be paired with Real Madrid by virtue of qualifying from the same group.

With Juventus also obviously off the table, Inter will be randomly drawn against any of the other six group winners available to them. That means they will be facing one of Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or Lille.

Lille are the most obvious favourable option as Ajax cannot be underestimated after taking maximum points in the group stage, while the Nerazzurri will hope to avoid the tougher challeges posed by the Premier League trio or Bayern Munich.


When is the Champions League last 16 draw?

UEFA will make the draw for the Champions League last 16 on Monday 13 December 2021. It will start from 11am in the UK (12pm CET) and will be live streamed on UEFA’s website.


When will the Champions League last 16 be played?

Heading into 2022, last 16 first leg ties will be split across consecutive weeks on either 15/16 February or 22/23 February. The return legs will follow on 8/9 March or 15/16 March.

As group runners-up, Inter will have to play the first leg at San Siro.

This is the first season in which the away goals rule has been scrapped, so extra-time is guaranteed if the aggregate score is level at the end of the second leg.


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