Sports to watch during Spring Festival: Feb. 11-18

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UEFA Champions League knockout stage vs Paris Saint-Germain

FC Barcelona players Lionel Messi (L) and Neymar attend a news conference to announce the sponsorship deal between the team and Japanese e-commerce operator Rakuten Inc. in Tokyo, Japan July 13, 2017.

The UEFA Champions League knockout stage will begin on February 16 with Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain emerging as the game to watch. Lionel Messi and Neymar will go head-to-head for a place in the quarterfinals.

Date: February 16 

FIFA Club World Cup final-Bayern Munich vs Tigres UANL

A Tigres UANL supporter looks on before the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final football match between Brazil's SE Palmeiras and Mexico's Tigres UANL at the Education City Stadium in Doha, Capital of Qatar, Feb. 7, 2021. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)

FC Bayern have reached the final of the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time since 2013. The German record champions will face Mexican representatives Tigres UANL at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan on Thursday evening. The reigning CONCACAF Champions League surprisingly defeated favorited Palmeiras 1-0 in the Club World Cup semi-finals.

Date: February 11

Place: Education City Stadium, al Rayyan

FIBA Asia Cup qualifier-China vs Malaysia

Zhou Qi (R) of China talks with teammate Zhao Jiwei (C) during the group A match between China and Poland at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 2, 2019. (Xinhua/Meng Yongmin)

The Asia Cup qualifiers will be Team China's first international game since its disappointing performance at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Team China did not participate in any international tournaments in 2020 due to the pandemic, so the forthcoming qualifiers are a chance for the players to gain some measure of redemption.

Date: February 17

Place: Doha, Qatar

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