The 2016-17 UEFA Champions League final took place on June 3, 2017, at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, to crown the winning team. The knockout round of the tournament began on 14 February. There were 16 teams altogether in the elimination round.
For the knockout round, the top two teams from each of the eight groups advanced to compete for the championship. With the exception of the championship game, all knockout-round ties were played over two legs, with each team hosting the first leg.
Over the two legs, the club with the greater total goal differential advanced. In the event of a tie after both legs. The team that scored more goals away from home (known as the “away goals rule”) would advance.
The match would go into thirty minutes of extra time if the away team scored the same number of goals as the home team.
If the aggregate score was tied after extra time, the team with the greater number of away goals progressed. This rule was also in effect after extra time.
In the event of a scoreless overtime period, a penalty shootout would be held to break the deadlock.
In the single-game final, if the score was tied after regulation and overtime, the winner was decided by a penalty shootout.
Champions League Quarter Finals Draw 2016: Quarter-Final Fixture Schedule and Dates Released
Last Friday, the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals were drawn, pitting La Liga rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid against one another.
For the first time, Manchester City will face Paris Saint-Germain in the quarterfinals.
After their incredible comeback against Juventus in the round of 16, Bayern Munich was rewarded with a quarterfinal matchup against Benfica.
While Real Madrid faced Wolfsburg in their first ever quarterfinal matchup.
UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final Draws
Since the European Cup was restructured into the Champions League in 1992, no team has successfully defended their title.
But Barcelona has appeared unstoppable so far, led by players like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar, who all contributed to a 3-1 win over Arsenal in the round of 16 second leg.
Their opponent, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, will be a formidable opponent.
Journalist Rafael Hernandez predicted that the Blaugrana will have trouble against Los Rojiblancos, who have allowed just three goals in the Champions League this season.
Bayern advanced to the quarterfinals after facing a tough challenge from the Bianconeri in the previous round. The Bavarians eventually prevailed in a thrilling aggregate 6-4 victory. They’re still in the competition and should have little trouble with Benfica, who aren’t among the strongest teams left.