Sports News of 2013-12-16

UEFA CL: Boateng vs Ronaldo; Essien faces Drogba

Ghana midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng will face Real Madrid in the first knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League as his side, Schalke 04, have been drawn against the nine-time European Champions.

Sulley Muntari’s AC Milan team will also head to Madrid after they were drawn against Atletico Madrid.

Michael Essien and his Chelsea team will re-unite with club hero Didier Drogba as Chelsea cross swords with Galatasaray.

The Ivorian striker will make an emotional return to Stamford Bridge with Galatasaray.

Drogba is a cult figure with Chelsea after his late equalizer and penalty won them the Champions league in 2011.

Emmanuel Frimpong’s Arsenal will face off against defending Champions Bayern Munich.

The two sides met at the same round last season – with Bayern Munich advancing on away goal rule.

Manchester City will meet Barcelona in an intriguing fixture that could go both ways. Manchester City possess one of the best attacking fronts in European football at the moment whilst Barcelona will have mega star Lionel Messi back from injury.

Manchester United have been given a relatively easy pass with a fixture against Greek upstarts Olympiakos who have hot shot striker Kostas Mitrioglou in top form.

The firepower of PSG will look forward to an encounter against Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen whilst Russia’s Zenit will face Dortmund in the final fixture of the stage.