27 February 2023

Little balls have formed 16 pairs for last 16

Couple of days ago at the European football organization performed the penultimate draw for phase 16 of the last two international club competitions. Just few hours later the whole schedule were released with the two famous kick off times (which can be seen on their website). From this round: the 12 group winners are going to join ; same old rivalry was paired again ; and because two clubs are coming from the same city, like it or not, one have to go out on the pitch earlier than expected, thus in total four dates will exist.

One of the hilarious fact of the Europa league draw is that two clubs will be playing again twice, out of which both of them have been placed in the same group last fall when as well had two matches. Hence at the 2022-23 season the two clubs who share the same name are going to meet each other in total four times. Dates for plays are scheduled for 09 and 16 March.

Union Berlin - Union Saint-Gilloise.
Sevilla - Fenerbahce.
Juventus - Freiburg.
Bayer - Ferencvarosh.
Sporting - Arsenal.
Manchester united - Betis.
Roma - Real Sociedad.
Shakhtar Donetsk - Feyenoord.

Conference league does not have this funny story like the predecessor, but on the contrary have another issue. For the first time in knockout stages, the last 16 is going to be played on four dates. The reason behind it is the following: one club (that comes from Rome) from this event is (literally) forced to play 48 hours earlier than the original schedule, thus this competition would be held on 07 and 09 with the first 90 minutes plus 15 and 16 March when will be staged the return legs.

AEK - West ham.
Fiorentina - Sivasspor.
Lazio - AZ.
Lech - Djurgarden.
Basel - Slovan.
Sheriff - Nice.
Anderlecht - Villarreal.
Gent - Bashakshehir.


Post a Comment