Champions League: UCL fixtures and results, 13 February

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UCL fixtures and results, 13 February

Ajax vs Real Madrid – 22:00

Real Madrid must be on their mettle in the Champions League last 16 as they visit exuberant Ajax in their first leg.

Plenty has changed for Los Blancos since they lifted the UCL trophy for the third time running in Kiev last year.

The departures of star player Cristiano Ronaldo and star boss Zinedine Zidane has left them scrambling for domestic form.

It was also looking dodgy on the continent after a shock defeat to CSKA Moscow and a decidedly unconvincing home success over minnows Viktoria Plzen.

But the Galacticos roared into life to finish top of Group G above Roma.

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 19: Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax celebrates 1-0 with Dusan Tadic of Ajax, Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, David Neres of Ajax, Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Ajax,Daley Blind of Ajax, Noussair Mazraoui of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League match between Ajax v AEK Athene at the Johan Cruijff Arena on September 19, 2018 in Amsterdam Netherlands (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Ajax have caught the eye on their return to Europe’s top table this season.

The Dutch side finished a comfortable second behind Bayern Munich in Group E, going toe-to-toe with the German giants throughout the pool stage.

They must now rely on their youthful exuberance in the knockout stages, before Europe’s big boys inevitably circle for their best talent in the summer.

Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund – 22:00

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League group B football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium in London, on November 28, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP

Miracle-makers Tottenham play Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the English Premier League club surprised to be there at all.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side scraped through Group B in second with just eight points, having lost back-to-back matches at the start of the campaign.

A final night draw at table-topping Barcelona ensured the London club’s progression at the expense of improving Inter Milan.

Spurs are also defying the odds to cling on to the coat-tails of Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the English Premier League table.

Borussia Dortmund almost enjoyed a rare free pass through Group A, thanks to the weakness of Club Brugge and the catastrophic campaign endured by Thierry Henry’s Monaco.

The Bundesliga pacesetters pipped Atletico Madrid to top spot in the last round of fixtures, winning four in all.

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