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EUROPA LEAGUE LAST SIXTEEN UPDATE

EUROPA LEAGUE LAST SIXTEEN UPDATE
EUROPA LEAGUE LAST SIXTEEN UPDATE

The draw for the Round of 16 will be taking place on Friday (February 26).

Unlike the Round of 32, there will no seedings or country protection for the Round of 16.

That means any team can play against anyone else, irrelevant of whether they play their domestic football in the same league.

All 16 teams will be drawn one-by-one to reveal the eight fixtures, similar to an FA Cup or Carabao Cup draw.

Teams drawn first in each fixture will be hosting the first legs.

The teams in the hat are:

  • Dynamo Kyiv
  • Manchester United
  • Tottenham
  • Arsenal
  • AC Milan
  • Rangers
  • Slavia Prague
  • Villarreal
  • Roma
  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • Young Boys
  • Molde
  • Granada
  • Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Ajax
  • Olympiakos

ARSENAL

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice including a late winner as Arsenal qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Benfica in Greece, while Manchester United and Rangers cruised through to the next round.

The Gunners secured a 4-3 aggregate victory and saving them from an unusual away goals exit following a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Rome.

“Everyone is happy tonight. This is what gives me power every day, take errors from the past and transform to strength,” said Aubameyang.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United cemented their place in Friday’s draw with a 0-0 draw at home to Real Sociedad, having effectively clinched the tie last week with an emphatic 4-0 win on neutral ground in Italy.

Mikel Oyarzabal’s awful penalty miss represented the best chance at Old Trafford for La Real, while Bruno Fernandes rattled the crossbar and Axel Tuanzebe’s header was disallowed for a foul.

LEICESTER CITY

Leicester City, who are behind second-placed United in the Premier League only on goal difference, were knocked out after sliding to a 2-0 loss at home to Czech champions Slavia Prague.

“We didn’t create enough over two legs. We didn’t defend with any intensity. We gave away two disappointing goals. The better team won,” said Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers.

RANGERS

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers progressed following their 5-2 win over Belgian side Antwerp at Ibrox, with five different players on target for the Scottish league leaders.

After a dramatic 4-3 win in the first leg last week, goals from Alfredo Morelos, Nathan Patterson and Ryan Kent put Rangers in control before late penalties from Borna Barisic and Cedric Itten wrapped up the tie 9-5 on aggregate.

“I’m very satisfied, the performance was outstanding in a lot of areas,” said Gerrard.

AC MILAN

AC Milan squeezed past Red Star Belgrade on away goals after a 1-1 draw in a clash of former European champions at the San Siro.

Franck Kessie’s early penalty was enough to book Milan’s place in the last 16 despite El Fardou Ben Nabouhane equalising as the tie finished 3-3 over the two legs.

NAPOLI

Napoli’s dismal run continued as they were knocked out 3-2 on aggregate by Granada despite winning 2-1 in the return fixture in Italy.

AJAX, VILLAREAL

Ajax eliminated French Ligue 1 leaders Lille with a 2-1 victory in Amsterdam to complete a 4-2 overall win, while Gerard Moreno netted both goals as Villarreal dumped out Salzburg 4-1 on aggregate.

SHAKHTEAR DONETSK, MOLDE, DINAMO ZAGREB, DYNAMO KIEV, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Former winners Shakhtar Donetsk completed a 3-0 aggregate victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv, while Norwegians Molde dumped out Hoffenheim 5-3 on aggregate following a 2-0 win in Germany.

Dinamo Zagreb and Dynamo Kiev complete the line-up for the last 16, with Tottenham Hotspur also in the mix after destroying Wolfsberg of Austria by an aggregate score of 8-1 on Wednesday.

EUROPA LEAGUE LAST SIXTEEN UPDATE
EUROPA LEAGUE LAST SIXTEEN UPDATE
EUROPA LEAGUE LAST SIXTEEN UPDATE
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