UEFA Europa League Last 16 Draw: When Is It? Where to Watch, How It Works & Key Dates

After a rip roaring round of 32, attentions now turn to the next stage of the Europa League. 

There’s almost a full contingent of English sides in the last 16 of the competitions with Manchester United and Wolves both qualifying at a canter while Arsenal were left heartbroken by a late Olympiacos goal.  

Scottish champions Celtic and last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax also both suffered surprising defeats at the hands of Copenhagen and Getafe respectively.

Here’s everything you need to know about the draw for the 2019/2020 Europa League round of 16.


When Is the Europa League Draw?


The draw will take place on Friday 28 February, with proceedings kicking off at around 12pm GMT. 


Is the Europa League Draw on TV?


It sure is. The draw can be watched on BT Sport and UEFA are also streaming the event on their official website.

90min will keep up you up to date with the draw as it happens on Twitter.


How Does the Europa League Draw Work?


Unlike the Round of 32 draw which was seeded, anyone can face anyone in the last 16. 

This throws up the possibility of some mouthwatering ties. Manchester United vs Inter anyone? Wolves vs Rangers? How about Sevilla vs Roma? 

​Teams in the Draw 
​Basel
​Bayer Leverkusen 
​FC Copenhagen 
​Getafe 
​Inter
​İstanbul Başakşehir 
​LASK
​Manchester United 
​Olympiacos
​Rangers
​Roma
​Salzburg/Frankfurt
​Sevilla
​Shakhtar Donetsk 
​Wolfsburg
​Wolves

* Salzburg vs Frankfurt to take place on Friday 28 February 


Europa League Last 16 Dates

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As usual the Europa League Round of 16 games will take place on a Thursday. 

The first legs are scheduled for 12 March and the second legs will take place seven days later on 19 March.

Dates Fixtures
​Thursday, March 12 ​First Leg
​Thursday, March 19 ​Second Leg

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Twitter Erupts After Crazy End to Arsenal v Olympiacos Europa League Clash

The Europa League may be Europe’s B-list club competition but that does not mean it is not capable of producing some pulsating, gut-wrenching moments… just ask Arsenal fans after tonight. 

The Gunners meeting with Greek side Olympiacos was not meant to be particularly memorable. It was expected that Mikel Arteta’s side would be able to manage their 1-0 goal lead from the away leg and comfortably progress into the next round. 

It was all going according to plan as well… right up until Pape Abou Cisse headed the visitors into the lead just after half time.



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​​This forced the game into extra time and everyone was preparing themselves for penalties until Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decided to do something absolutely magical. 

Latching onto Gabriel Martinelli’s improvised flick-on Aubameyang fired a bicycle kick into the top corner with seven minutes of additional time left to play. 

 

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​​So… that was it right? Article over. Well, no actually. 

With almost the last kick the game, some sloppy Arsenal defending – what a shock – allowed Youssef El Arabi to slide in a goal of his own at the back post. 

It may not have been as sexy as Aubameyang’s, but it generated an even bigger reaction on social media as it meant the Gunners were heading out of the competition.



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“​​But wait! The ball’s broken to Aubameyang in the box… there’s no one around him… surely he’ll score… OH NO… it’s gone wide.”

This is a fairly accurate retelling of the events but as always, Twitter told the story better than we ever could.




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​​So that’s that then…

Arsenal’s Europa League journey is over for another season. Brace yourselves for a tirade of heartless jibes from opposition fans over the coming days Gunners fans. 


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Arsenal Suffer Europa League Heartbreak as Last Gasp Olympiacos Strike Knocks Gunners Out

​A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bicycle kick deep into extra time was not enough to secure Arsenal a place in the last 16 of the Europa League, with a goal from Youssef El Arabi in the dying seconds sending Olympiacos through on away goals.

The defeat could also spell the end of the Gunners’ slim Champions League qualification hopes.

The first real opportunity of the game came when Nicolas Pepe was brought down on the edge of the box by visiting defender Ousseynou Ba – who was fortunate to escape with just a yellow card. Pepe fired the resultant free kick just wide. 

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Olympiacos’ best chance of the half fell to Mady Camara who, after producing a magical solo run, scuffed his shot wide of the near post. 

The Gunners thought they had opened the scoring just before half time when Alexandre Lacazette finished off Bukayo Saka’s cross, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. 

After the break Pape Abou Cisse nodded home from a corner to give the Greek champions the lead on the night and level up the scores on aggregate. Arsenal looked shell shocked by the goal and offered very little in the way of a response. Bernd Leno was forced into a fine save to keep out Konstantinos Tsimikas’ effort just after they had gone behind.

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The hosts finally burst into life with ten minutes left of normal time. With Pepe causing problems for the Olympiakos defence, Lacazette somehow failed to finish off a straightforward chance at the back post. 

Both sides had further opportunities to grab a winner but neither could find a breakthrough, forcing the game to extra time. 

Aubameyang believed he had settled the game when the Gunners forward fired an incredible bicycle kick into the top corner, only for El Arabi to break Arsenal hearts with 90 seconds left to play. 

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Incredibly, Aubameyang was gifted another opportunity to grab his side the victory with one of the last kicks of the game.

Heartbreakingly for him he could not convert the straightforward chance, firing just wide of the post from close range – ensuring the visitors’ progression to the last 16 in the process.

The result has huge implications for the Gunners slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, which may now be extinguished given that the simplest path would have been by winning the Europa League.

Arsenal sit ninth, at least three points off the Champions League places at present, which could change depending on the outcome of Manchester City’s Champions League ban appeal.


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Twitter Reacts as Odion Ighalo Grabs First Manchester United Goal in Club Brugge Thrashing

​Manchester United conducted a Europa League demolition job against Club Brugge on Thursday evening, with goals from Odion Ighalo, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and a brace from Fred securing a 5-0 victory. 

Before all that though the Twittersphere exploded at news that Anthony Martial had picked up a ​muscle injury.

It’s not the first time that a United player has suffered fitness issues this season and some fans were quick to make clear that they thought the club’s medical staff were to blame.

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​​Martial’s injury did mean one very exciting thing though… a maiden start for Odion Ighalo. His fanboys were out in full force to support their exalted leader. 

Some even guaranteed that he’d bag his first goal.


 

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​​The game started at a relentless pace with Bruno Fernandes hitting the post early on. United’s Golden Boy would open the scoring from the penalty spot just before the half hour mark, after some very entertaining VAR shenanigans. 

It all started when Brugge’s Simon Deli decided he wanted to be a goalkeeper and stuck his arm out to prevent Daniel James curling a shot into the bottom corner. 

Unsurprisingly, a red card was issued and spot kick given. Fernandes was just about to take the penalty when the referee halted play for a completely unnecessary VAR check on whether the shot was definitely goal-bound. A full four minutes after the original decision, he finally converted from 12 yards. 


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​​Soon after, Ighalo’s fanboys were proven right when the forward got his first United goal. The Nigerian looked delighted and lifted his shirt up to reveal an image of his sister, who sadly passed away recently. 




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​​Just when United thought things couldn’t get any better, Scott McTominay celebrated his return injury by grabbing his side’s third goal. 

Queue the McSauce memes…






United went into the break 3-0 up and spirits on social media were high – until it was announced that Tahith Chong would be coming on in the second half. 

The Dutchman has very few supporters on Twitter, especially as he continues to deny fan favourite Angel Gomes a place in the team. 



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Jesse ​​Lingard was next in the firing line after he came on the replace the mesmerising Fernandes just after the hour mark.



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​​Then, something rarer than a solar eclipse took place – Fred grabbed a brace! 

The Brazilian is not known for his goal scoring but grabbed a quick fire double in the closing stages of the game to cap off a fantastic evening for his side. 


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Man Utd 5-0 Club Brugge: Report, Ratings and Reaction as United Stroll Into Europa League Last 16

A maiden goal for Odion Ighalo helped Manchester United to a 5-0 win over Club Brugge at Old Trafford which comfortably secured their progression to the Europa League round of 16,

The game got off to a flying start with Bruno Fernandes rattling the post inside five minutes. The 25-year-old would manage to open the scoring soon after from the penalty spot after Simon Deli was sent off for a blatant handball inside the box, literally saving a Dan James shot. 

The early strike filled United with confidence and the hosts doubled their lead through Ighalo from close range in the 34th minute – his first goal since arriving at the club on transfer deadline day. 

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Scott McTominay then toasted his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines by making it three soon after, side-footing home from the edge of the area.

After the break United dominated possession and ten minutes from time Fred tapped home Jesse Lingard’s cutback to make it 4-0. The Brazilian then grabbed his second and United’s fifth goal, lashing home from the edge of the box with the last kick of the game

Here’s 90min‘s breakdown of the game…


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Key Talking Point 

With Anthony Martial ​ruled out with a muscle injury, all eyes were on United’s deadline day arrival Ighalo. 

The transfer has been the subject of derision but the Nigerian went some way to silencing his doubters with an eye-catching performance. 

Despite lacking match sharpness, Ighalo consistently found himself in dangerous positions and marked his first start at Old Trafford with a goal. 

Odion Ighalo

After slotting home, the forward lifted up his shirt to reveal an image of his sister – who sadly passed away recently. You would have to possess a heart of stone to not be rooting for Ighalo to succeed at United. 




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Player Ratings 

Starting XI: Romero (6); Wan-Bissaka (7), Maguire (7), Bailly (7), Shaw (7); McTominay (8), Fred (7), James (6), Fernandes (8*), Mata (8), Ighalo (7)

Substitutes: Chong (6), Lingard (7), Greenwood (6)


Bruno Fernandes

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​Performances like this make you realise why United pursued Bruno Fernandes for so long and why Sporting CP were so keen to keep him. 

Fernandes was at the centre of everything good his side did during the hour he was on the pitch, and also slotted away his penalty in typically composed fashion.


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Player Ratings

Starting XI: Mignolet (6); Mata (5), Mechele (5), Deli (3), Ricca (5); Kossonou (5), Vanaken (5), Rits (5); Tau (5), Okereke (4), de Cuyper (5) 

Substitutes: de Ketelaere (6), Diatta (5), Mitrovic (5)


Looking Ahead

United now turn their attention back to the Premier League. The Red Devils take on ​Everton on Sunday in a vital game in the race for ​Champions League qualification. 

Club Brugge on the other hand travel to the Luminus Arena to take on Genk.


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