UEFA Champions League 2013 schedule: First knockout stage fixtures set

Harold Cunningham

Everything good has been split up, so you'll be able to watch all of the best Champions League games without issue.

The fixture dates are out for the UEFA Champions League first knockout round, and the scheduling gods have been kind to the football-viewing public. The biggest matches have been spread out, with Milan-Barcelona, Madrid-Manchester United, and Bayern-Arsenal all taking place on different days. The schedule kicks off on February 12 with Celtic hosting Juventus and Valencia welcoming Paris Saint-Germain to the Mestalla.

Last year's broken up format is back for this season, giving everyone the chance to watch more games. The only downside is that it takes a month to complete a tie. The Round of 16 won't be completed until mid-March.

Schedule

February 12

Celtic vs. Juventus
Valencia vs. Paris Saint-Germain

February 13

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid vs. Manchester United

February 19

Porto vs. Malaga
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich

February 20

Galatasaray vs. Schalke
Milan vs. Barcelona

March 5

Manchester United vs. Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

March 6

Juventus vs. Celtic
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Valenica

March 12

Barcelona vs. AC Milan
Schalke vs. Galatasaray

March 13

Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal
Malaga vs. Porto

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