Following two weeks of exciting action, the Europa League round-of-32 is almost at its end.
While Champions League sides have seen their first knockout round spread out, Europa League teams have had a short turnaround in their ties due to extra competitors.
Obviously, sixteen sides will be hoping to secure their place in the last-16 ahead of Thursday’s round of second-leg fixtures.
When is the Europa League draw? Five things to know…
- The Europa League last-16 draw will take place on Friday 28 February in Nyon, Switzerland, at 12 PM GMT.
- There will be no seedings or country protection for the draw.
- This means teams can be drawn against opponents from the same association.
- Any further restrictions will be confirmed by Uefa prior to the draw.
- The last-16 ties are scheduled to take place on 12 and 19 March.
Rangers were the first team to guarantee their spot in the draw, after beating Braga 4-2 on aggregate with the second leg being played a day earlier than the rest due to potential clashes in Portugal with Porto’s last-32 fixture.
It’s their first appearance in the last-16 since 2011, and four other British clubs will be hoping to join them. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal take leads into their second legs while both Celtic and Manchester United drew, albeit scoring what could be precious away goals.
Also in the mix will be Serie A title challengers Inter Milan, who have a lead over Ludogorets and Portuguese league leaders Benfica, although they must overcome a first-leg deficit against Shakhtar Donetsk.
When is the draw and where can I watch it live?
The Europa League last-16 draw will take place on Friday 28 February in Nyon, Switzerland, and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 at 12 PM for UK viewers. The draw will also be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and official app, as well as Uefa’s website.
When will the ties take place?
Continental football will take a break following the Europa League last-16 draw, but it is only a brief one.
Coming in line with the Champions League once more, the Europa League last-16 first legs are scheduled to take place on Thursday 12 March, with the return fixtures a week later on Thursday 19 March.
As always, kick-off times will be split between the earlier 5:55PM (GMT) and later 8:00PM (GMT) slots.
How will the draw work?
Unlike the previous round, there are no seeds or country protection for the last-16, meaning teams would be able to face opponents from the same league.
However, there could still be added restrictions once the 16 teams are confirmed, which Uefa will confirm before the draw.
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Wolves (ENG) / Espanyol (ESP)
Sporting CP (POR) / Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR)
Getafe (ESP) / Ajax (NED)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) / Porto (POR)
Copenhagen (DEN) / Celtic (SCO)
APOEL (CYP) / Basel (SUI)
CFR Cluj (ROU) / Sevilla (ESP)
Olympiacos (GRE) / Arsenal (ENG)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) / LASK (AUT)
Club Brugge (BEL) / Manchester United (ENG)
Ludogorets (BUL) / Inter Milan (ITA)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) / Salzburg (AUT)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) / Benfica (POR)
Wolfsburg (GER) / Malmo (SWE)
AS Roma (ITA) / Gent (BEL)
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Benfica
Frankfurt 4-1 Red Bull Salzburg
Ludogorets 0-2 Inter Milan
Club Brugge 1-1 Manchester United
CFR Cluj 1-1 Sevilla
FC Copenhagen 1-1 Celtic
Getafe 2-0 Ajax
Sporting CP 3-1 Istanbul Basaksehir
Rangers 3-2 Braga
AS Roma 1-0 Gent
Wolfsburg 2-1 Malmo
AZ Alkmaar 1-1 LASK
Olympiacos 0-1 Arsenal
APOEL 0-3 Basel
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Porto
Wolves 4-0 Espanyol
Aggregate scores in brackets
Braga 0-1 (2-4) Rangers