2015–16 UEFA Youth League knockout phase

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The 2015–16 UEFA Youth League knockout phase (play-offs and round of 16 onwards) began on 9 February 2016 and concluded on 18 April 2016 with the final at Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland, which decided the champions of the 2015–16 UEFA Youth League. A total of 24 teams competed in the knockout phase.[1]

Times up to 26 March 2016 (play-offs, round of 16 and quarter-finals) were CET (UTC+1), thereafter times (semi-finals and final) were CEST (UTC+2).

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland).[1][2]

Round Draw Match dates
Play-offs 14 December 2015, 14:00 9–10 February 2016
Round of 16 15 February 2016, 13:00 23–24 February 2016
Quarter-finals 8–9 March 2016
Semi-finals 15 April 2016 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon
Final 18 April 2016 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon


The knockout phase involved 24 teams: 16 teams which qualified from the UEFA Champions League Path (eight group winners and eight group runners-up), and eight teams which qualified from the Domestic Champions Path (eight second round winners):[1]

  • The eight group winners from the UEFA Champions League Path entered the round of 16.
  • The eight group runners-up from the UEFA Champions League Path and the eight second round winners from the Domestic Champions Path entered the play-offs. The eight play-off winners advanced to the round of 16.

Each tie in the knockout phase was played over one match. If the scores were level after full-time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out (no extra time was played).[1]

The mechanism of the draws for each round was as follows:

  • In the draw for the play-offs, the eight second round winners from the Domestic Champions Path were drawn against the eight group runners-up from the UEFA Champions League Path, with the teams from the Domestic Champions Path hosting the match. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.
  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners from the UEFA Champions League Path were drawn against the eight play-off winners. Teams from the same UEFA Champions League Path group could not be drawn against each other, but teams from the same association could be drawn against each other. The draw also decided the home team for each round of 16 match.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there were no seedings, and teams from the same UEFA Champions League Path group or the same association could be drawn against each other. The draws also decided the home team for each quarter-final, and the "home" team for administrative purposes for each semi-final and final (which were played at a neutral venue).

Qualified teams[edit]

UEFA Champions League Path[edit]

Group Winners
(enter round of 16)
(enter play-offs as away team)
A France Paris Saint-Germain Spain Real Madrid
B Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Russia CSKA Moscow
C Portugal Benfica Spain Atlético Madrid
D England Manchester City Spain Sevilla
E Spain Barcelona Italy Roma
F Croatia Dinamo Zagreb England Arsenal
G England Chelsea Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
H France Lyon Spain Valencia

Domestic Champions Path[edit]

Second round winners
(enter play-offs as home team)
Scotland Celtic
Sweden Elfsborg
Belgium Anderlecht
England Middlesbrough
Netherlands Ajax
Austria Red Bull Salzburg
Denmark Midtjylland
Czech Republic Příbram


The draw for the play-offs was held on 14 December 2015.[3][4] The play-offs were played on 9 and 10 February 2016.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ajax Netherlands 3–1 Spain Sevilla
Příbram Czech Republic 2–2 (5–4 p) Russia CSKA Moscow
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 0–4 Italy Roma
Anderlecht Belgium 2–0 England Arsenal
Celtic Scotland 1–1 (3–4 p) Spain Valencia
Elfsborg Sweden 1–3 Spain Real Madrid
Middlesbrough England 5–0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
Midtjylland Denmark 4–4 (5–4 p) Spain Atlético Madrid
Ajax Netherlands3–1Spain Sevilla
Dekker Goal 14'
Van de Beek Goal 49'
Nouri Goal 79'
Report Nané Goal 36'
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)

Anderlecht Belgium2–0England Arsenal
Vancamp Goal 8'28' Report

Middlesbrough England5–0Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
Cooke Goal 8'
Pattison Goal 31'
Jakupovic Goal 49'
Coulson Goal 68'
Wheatley Goal 78'

Red Bull Salzburg Austria0–4Italy Roma
Report Marchizza Goal 8' (pen.)
Umar Goal 17'
Soleri Goal 39'
Di Livio Goal 72'
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)

Příbram Czech Republic2–2Russia CSKA Moscow
Chaluš Goal 13'
Januška Goal 71' (pen.)
Report Kuchaev Goal 46'
Gordyushenko Goal 56'
Květ Penalty scored
Hlavatý Penalty scored
Chaluš Penalty scored
Šrain Penalty scored
Januška Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Zhamaletdinov
Penalty scored Pukhov
Penalty scored Gordyushenko
Penalty scored Khosonov
Penalty missed Yusupov
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (Bulgaria)

Elfsborg Sweden1–3Spain Real Madrid
Kabashi Goal 63' Report Mayoral Goal 48'84'
Febas Goal 72'

Bracket (round of 16 onwards)[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 onwards was held on 15 February 2016.[5][6]

Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
23 February
Spain Real Madrid3
8 March
England Manchester City1
Spain Real Madrid2
24 February
Portugal Benfica0
Czech Republic Příbram1 (3)
15 April – Nyon
Portugal Benfica (p)1 (5)
Spain Real Madrid1
24 February
France Paris Saint-Germain3
France Paris Saint-Germain1
9 March
England Middlesbrough0
France Paris Saint-Germain3
24 February
Italy Roma1
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven2 (1)
18 April – Nyon
Italy Roma (p)2 (3)
France Paris Saint-Germain1
23 February
England Chelsea2
England Chelsea (p)1 (5)
15 March
Spain Valencia1 (3)
England Chelsea1
24 February
Netherlands Ajax0
France Lyon0
15 April – Nyon
Netherlands Ajax3
England Chelsea3
23 February
Belgium Anderlecht0
Belgium Anderlecht (awd.)3
8 March
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb0
Belgium Anderlecht2
23 February
Spain Barcelona0
Spain Barcelona3
Denmark Midtjylland1

Round of 16[edit]

The round of 16 matches were played on 23 and 24 February 2016.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 2–2 (1–3 p) Italy Roma
Příbram Czech Republic 1–1 (3–5 p) Portugal Benfica
Anderlecht Belgium 3–0 (awd.) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Lyon France 0–3 Netherlands Ajax
Chelsea England 1–1 (5–3 p) Spain Valencia
Real Madrid Spain 3–1 England Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain France 1–0 England Middlesbrough
Barcelona Spain 3–1 Denmark Midtjylland
Barcelona Spain3–1Denmark Midtjylland
Chendri Goal 51'
Lee Goal 90'
Aleñá Goal 90+2'
Report Montes Goal 34' (o.g.)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)

Chelsea England1–1Spain Valencia
Dasilva Goal 44' Report Soler Goal 45+1' (pen.)
Colkett Penalty scored
Mount Penalty scored
Scott Penalty scored
Palmer Penalty scored
Abraham Penalty scored
5–3 Penalty scored Soler
Penalty missed Gil
Penalty scored Villar
Penalty scored Mir
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland)

Real Madrid Spain3–1England Manchester City
Mayoral Goal 36'41'
Hakimi Goal 87'
Report Buckley-Ricketts Goal 63'
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

Anderlecht Belgium3–0
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Report Gojak Goal 47'
Brekalo Goal 57'
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)

Match originally finished 0–2 in favour of Dinamo Zagreb, but was awarded by UEFA as 3–0 win for Anderlecht due to Dinamo Zagreb fielding suspended player Matija Fintić.[7]

PSV Eindhoven Netherlands2–2Italy Roma
Bergwijn Goal 14'
Verreth Goal 73'
Report Marchizza Goal 49' (pen.)
Soleri Goal 68'
Bergwijn Penalty missed
Rigo Penalty missed
Lammers Penalty missed
Abels Penalty scored
1–3 Penalty scored Vasco
Penalty scored Sadiq
Penalty missed Bordin
Penalty scored Grossi
Referee: Michael Tykgaard (Denmark)

Paris Saint-Germain France1–0England Middlesbrough
Augustin Goal 41' Report

Lyon France0–3Netherlands Ajax
Report Van de Beek Goal 18'
Nouri Goal 25'
Bergsma Goal 51'
Referee: Kevin Clancy (Scotland)


The quarter-finals were played on 8, 9 and 15 March 2016.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Chelsea England 1–0 Netherlands Ajax
Paris Saint-Germain France 3–1 Italy Roma
Anderlecht Belgium 2–0 Spain Barcelona
Real Madrid Spain 2–0 Portugal Benfica
Real Madrid Spain2–0Portugal Benfica
Febas Goal 66'
Salto Goal 77'
Referee: Nicolas Rainville (France)

Anderlecht Belgium2–0Spain Barcelona
Vancamp Goal 53'
Bernier Goal 88'

Paris Saint-Germain France3–1Italy Roma
Ballo-Touré Goal 26'
Meïté Goal 39'
Nkunku Goal 90'
Report Tumminello Goal 75'
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)

Chelsea England1–0Netherlands Ajax
Scott Goal 44' Report
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)


The semi-finals were played on 15 April 2016 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon.[8]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Real Madrid Spain 1–3 France Paris Saint-Germain
Chelsea England 3–0 Belgium Anderlecht
Chelsea England3–0Belgium Anderlecht
Palmer Goal 21'
Colkett Goal 56'
Abraham Goal 75'

Real Madrid Spain1–3France Paris Saint-Germain
Mayoral Goal 33' (pen.) Report Hakimi Goal 5' (o.g.)
Kanga Goal 84'
Augustin Goal 90'
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)


The final was played on 18 April 2016 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon.[8]

Paris Saint-Germain France1–2England Chelsea
Meïté Goal 58' Report Tomori Goal 10'
Palmer Goal 61'
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)


  1. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA Youth League 2015/16" (PDF). UEFA.com. 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ "UEFA Youth League: How the new system will work". UEFA.com. 24 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Draws — Play-off". UEFA.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  4. ^ "UEFA Youth League play-off draw". UEFA.com. 14 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Draws — Knockout phase". UEFA.com.
  6. ^ "UEFA Youth League knockout stage draw". UEFA.com. 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ "UEFA rejects Valencia penalty shootout protest after Chelsea youth game". ESPN FC. 29 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Final tournament: Nyon 2016". UEFA.com.

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