Football Language: To be drawn against
For each round of knock-out football a special draw is carried out to see which teams face each other. The Champions League knock-out draw has just taken place this week so the 16 remaining teams know who their opponents will be for next February’s games, for instance Liverpool will play against Porto: they have been drawn against Porto. The phrase, ‘to be drawn against‘, therefore, is used to describe the process when teams find out the names of the opponents they will play in the next round. To be drawn against.
Example: Tottenham have been drawn against Juventus in the 2017-18 Champions League knock-out stage, while Manchester City were drawn against Swiss side Basel.