26 February 2024

Knockout round two draw performed

After the first knockout round has finished, the European football organization has performed the draw for last 16 phase of its last two international club competitions. While this week one duel played earlier than other matches at the third competition by significance, we will have the same scenario this time for its predecessor. From this phase onwards the group winners from 2023 are included.

The 16 pairs from Europa league together with Conference league have been determined. Dates for the two events are 07 March with the first 90 minutes, seven nights later are the deciders, and this are the results of the draw:

Sparta Praha - Liverpool.
Olympique de Marseille - Villarreal.
Roma - Brighton.
Benfica - Glasgow rangers.
Freiburg - West Ham.
Sporting - Atalanta.
Milan - Slavia Praha.
Qarabag - Bayer.

... and

Servette - Viktoria.
Ajax - Aston villa.
Molde - Club Brugge.
Union Saint-Gilloise - Fenerbahche.
Dinamo Zagreb - PAOK.
Sturm - Lille.
Maccabi Haifa - Fiorentina.
Olympiacos - Maccabi Tel Aviv.

For the first time in these elimination stages Europa league is going to use two nights, and this needs to be done due to the very stupid system of play. As the organization is including more and more clubs from the same city in the same tournament, one of them have to be 'sacrificed' and run to the pitch earlier than expected. Hence Sporting would stage its match on 06 March from 18.45 CEt, while its city rival (Benfica) is scheduled to kick-off 26 hours and 15 minutes later.


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