Europa League play-off draw

The draw for the Europa League knockout round play-offs took place yesterday, with the eight runners-up from the Europa League group stage being drawn against the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage.

The pick of the ties was the first one out, Feyenoord being presented with a chance to gain revenge against Roma after the Italian giants defeated them in the 2021-22 Europa Conference League final.

AC Milan, who edged out Newcastle United to drop down into the Europa League, have been presented with an eye-catching showdown with French side Rennes.

Marseille and Lens – two of the other French teams in the draw – will square off against Shakhtar Donetsk and Freiburg respectively.

Of the other four ties, three of them include Portuguese clubs, with Benfica being presented with a meeting with another French side in Toulouse.

Sporting Lisbon will meet Young Boys, with the first leg being played in Switzerland, while Braga have been presented with a clash against Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag FK.

The remaining games sees Galatasaray play Sparta Prague after they missed out on a Champions League last-16 spot through losing to Copenhagen on matchday six.

The first legs are scheduled for February 15, with the second legs a week later on February 22.

Brighton, Liverpool, Rangers and West Ham won their respective Europa League groups so have already qualified for the last 16.

Those four British teams – along with Atalanta, Bayer Leverkusen, Villarreal and Slavia Prague – will find out their last-16 opponents on February 23.


Europa League play-off fixtures

  • Feyenoord vs Roma
  • AC Milan vs Rennes
  • Lens vs Freiburg
  • Young Boys vs Sporting
  • Benfica vs Toulouse
  • Sporting Braga vs Qarabag
  • Galatasaray vs Sparta Prague
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Marseille


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