Champions League: Borussia Dortmund to face Arsenal in first-ever knockout round

The Champions League’s first-ever qualifier for the knockout phase has been awarded to Borussia Dortmund, with two group matches to play.

Uefa’s computer malfunction last month meant the original draw was flawed, and although winners Monaco would not qualify, their finish was reduced to second-place in Group A.

In fact, of the eight qualifiers in last month’s preliminary rounds, nine of them were created by Uefa.

Uefa’s next Champions League draw is due to take place on 1 December, but the Champions League’s first two repechages have already been set.

They will be played on 28 and 31 July 2018, two days before the Group Stage draw for the Champions League knockout phase.

Uefa have apologised for the result – Monaco became joint winners of Group A – and blamed “a technical problem” at its headquarters.

“Uefa apologises to both clubs affected by last month’s error,” it said in a statement.

The problem took place on 23 October and meant the draw did not take place on 18 October.

Football’s world governing body Fifa said Uefa had acted swiftly to fix the mistake.

“We fully support the prompt and decisive action taken by Uefa,” said the body.

The second Champions League qualifying rounds end on Thursday.

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