The UEFA Champions League knockout phase has arrived. Borussia Dortmund will be away to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday and will face an opponent from the Netherlands in a European cup competition for the 12th time. The facts preview on the round of 16 first leg.

Match facts

  • While PSV Eindhoven finished the group stages in second place behind Arsenal and ahead of Sevilla and Lens, Borussia Dortmund came top of a high-quality Group F ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Newcastle.
  • The only previous head-to-head meetings took place in the 2002/03 season. BVB won 3-1 in Eindhoven on Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League that season thanks to goals from Jan Koller (21), Tomas Rosicky (69) and Marcio Amoroso (90+2). The game in Dortmund ended 1-1. Koller's goal for the Black & Yellows in the 10th minute was cancelled out by Arnold Bruggink two minutes after the restart.
  • This will be the Dutch outfit's first match against a German club since 2016/17 when they lost 4-1 away and 2-1 at home to Bayern Munich.

PSV facts

  • After only two defeats in their first 10 home games against Bundesliga clubs (five wins and three draws), PSV have suffered four defeats in their last eight clashes at Philips Stadium. Four matches have ended in victory.
  • The most recent knockout match against a German opponent came in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 32 when they were eliminated by Hamburg due to the away goals rule (1-0 loss away, 3-2 win at home).
  • Eindhoven kicked off the group stages with a 4-0 defeat away to Arsenal. Following a 2-2 draw at home to Sevilla, the Dutch club took four points from their two meetings with Lens (1-1 draw away and 1-0 win at home) and then came from 2-0 behind to win 3-2 away to Sevilla and qualify for the round of 16 for the first time since the 2015/16 campaign. They finished off Group B with a 1-1 stalemate at home to Arsenal.
  • The victory against Lens was also PSV's only triumph in their last 10 Champions League home matches (plus five draws and four defeats).
  • The 1-1 draw in Amsterdam on 3 February was their 35th league game in a row without defeat, which set a new club record. The streak now stands at 37 matches. PSV's most recent defeat in the Eredivisie was a 1-0 loss to Emmen on 24 January 2023.
  • Current PSV coach Peter Bosz held the coaching position at BVB from 6 June to 10 December 2017. His record from 24 matches in charge in all competitions: eight wins, seven draws and nine defeats. Bosz coached Julian Brandt in Leverkusen in 2018/19.

BVB facts

  • BVB went straight from the group stages to the quarter-final from 1995/96 to 1997/98 and qualified for the second group phase in 2002/03. Now, Borussia are in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 for the fifth time in the last six seasons and for the ninth time overall.
  • BVB have come out on top in a Champions League round of 16 tie on four occasions and have been eliminated four times. They progressed against Shakhtar Donetsk in 2012/13, Zenit St. Petersburg in 2013/14, Benfica in 2016/17 and Sevilla in 2021/22, but were knocked out by Juventus in 2014/15, Tottenham in 2018/19, PSG in 2019/20 and Chelsea in 2022/23.
  • The Black & Yellows' only knockout match against an Eredivisie club came in the quarter-finals of the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League when they lost 2-0 at home and 1-0 away to reigning champions Ajax.
  • Having played in the Ajax youth setup between 2007 and 2015, Donyell Malen completed a transfer to PSV in August 2017 following two years at Arsenal. He scored 55 goals in 116 appearances.