The teams in the eighth finals of the Champions League are from only five different countries for the first time. Only England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France are still represented in the knockout phase.
With the victory of Atalanta over Shakhtar Donetsk (0-2), no teams from other countries were more likely to win a place in the last sixteen. The team of Marten de Roon and Hans Hateboer reached the knockout phase as a rookie.
Atlético Madrid was the last team to reach the eighth finals on Wednesday thanks to a 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow, but in that group only Bayer Leverkusen of Peter Bosz could hibernate.
England and Spain are the main supplier in the Champions League with both four teams. Defending champions Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the English teams and FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Valencia the Spanish formations.
Valencia beat Ajax 0-1 in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Tuesday and thus eliminated coach Erik ten Hag's team. The team from Amsterdam were the only Dutch team in the group stage of the European million-dollar ball.
Atlético Madrid qualified as the last team for the knockout phase. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Seven countries in eighth finals last season
Germany and Italy both have three teams left in the Champions League. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig qualified on behalf of Germany and alongside Atalanta, Juventus and Napoli insured themselves on behalf of Italy for the knockout phase.
Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyon are the two French teams in the eighth finals. Last season there were seven countries represented among the last sixteen. Ajax and FC Porto were the only two teams that did not come from England, Spain, Germany, Italy or France.
In addition to the minimum number of countries in the eighth finals, another record fell. No less than 308 goals were scored in the group stage. This improved the old record of last season with two hits.
The draw for the eighth finals of the Champions League will take place next Monday in Nyon, Switzerland.
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