Europa League draws, with Roma and Milan

The UEFA Europa League play-off draws are scheduled for today, Monday 18 December, from 1 p.m. (one hour after the Champions League draws). They will establish the play-off matches – the former round of 16 – which will be contested by the finalists of the group stage of the second European football tournament against the “relegated” teams from the Champions League. Three Italian teams are taking part in the tournament, but Atalanta are already assured of a place in the round of 16 after finishing their group in first place. Roma and Milan will instead have to go through the play-offs first: one qualified second, the other finished third in their Champions League group.

How draws work

A total of sixteen teams will be drawn, divided between the eight “seeded” teams (second in the Europa League groups) and the eight “unseeded” teams (relegated from the Champions League). Each playoff series will consist of one seed and one non-seed. During this round, it will not yet be possible to draw two teams from the same country in the same match.

The sixteen teams

The teams ranked second in the Europa League groups are Fribourg, Marseille, Qarabag, Rennes, Rome, Sparta Prague, Sporting Lisbon and Toulouse. The third-placed teams in the Champions League groups are Benfica, Sporting Braga, Feyenoord, Galatasaray, Lens, MilanShakhtar Donetsk and Young Boys Bern.

Where to see the prints

The Europa League draws can be followed from 1 p.m. live streaming on the club website UEFA and in Italy on Sky and Dazn channels, on television and online.

Play-off dates

The Europa League will resume in February with the play-offs, the first legs of which are scheduled for Thursday February 15 and the return matches for Thursday February 22. The winners of the play-offs will qualify for the round of 16, where they will meet eight teams already qualified: Atalanta, Brighton, Bayer Leverkusen, Liverpool, Rangers Glasgow, Slavia Prague, Villarreal and West Ham. The draw for the round of 16 will take place on February 23.

The other prints today

The Conference League play-off draws will begin at 2 p.m. and will follow the same procedure as those for the Europa League. The Champions League draw results can be read here.

Source: ilpost


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