⚽ UEFA Europa League Round of 32- Previews, Results, Stats- Live updates and Discussions

UEFA Europa League round of 32: meet the teams

Europa League round of 32 ties

First legs take place on Thursday 18 February, with second legs being played on Thursday 25 February except Wolfsberg vs Tottenham on Wednesday 24 February.

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  • Wolfsberger AC vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Dinamo Kiev v Club Brugge
  • Real Sociedad v Manchester United
  • Red Star v AC Milan
  • Slavia Praga v Leicester
  • SC Braga v AS Roma
  • Krasnodar v Dinamo Zagreb
  • BSC Young Boys v Bayer Leverkusen

9pm (BST) 12am (IST)

  • Granada CF v Napoli
  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Shakhtar Donetsk
  • LOSC Lille v AFC Ajax
  • Olympiacos FC v PSV Eindhoven
  • Benfica v Arsenal
  • Molde FK v TSG Hoffenheim
  • RB Salzburg v Villarreal
  • Antwerp v Rangers

In this thread we will be covering all Europa League Round of 32 fixtures

Join in the discussion and share your views on various matches!!

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UEL Last 32 draw results:

Real Sociedad vs Man Utd, Benfica vs Arsenal

The round of 32 of the Europa League has been decided and Milan will face Red Star Belgrade, Roma travel to Sporting Braga and Napoli face Granada.

All of the Italian teams went through as group winners and Milan were the first Italian side to be fished out of the bowl, facing Red Star in the last 32.

Paulo Fonseca’s Roma will face Sporting Braga from his homeland Portugal in the next round, while Gennaro Gattuso’s men are returning to Spain for a meeting with Granada.

  • Wolfsberger v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Dinamo Kiev v Club Brugge

  • Real Sociedad v Manchester United

  • Benfica v Arsenal

  • Red Star v AC Milan

  • Antwerp v Rangers

  • Slavia Praga v Leicester

  • RB Salzburg v Villarreal

  • SC Braga v AS Roma

  • Krasnodar v Dinamo Zagreb

  • BSC Young Boys v Bayer Leverkusen

  • Molde FK v TSG Hoffenheim

  • Granada CF v Napoli

  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Shakhtar Donetsk

  • LOSC Lille v AFC Ajax

  • Olympiacos FC v PSV Eindhoven

What was the draw format?

The draw comprised of 12 group winners, 12 group runners-up and eight third-placed sides from the Champions League who dropped into the Europa League knockout phase.

The clubs were split into two pots, with the 12 group winners and the four teams with the best Champions League record all seeded.

No team can play a club from their Europa League group or a side from the same national association at this stage, meaning there is no all-Premier League tie just yet.

The ties will take place over two legs, with the seeded teams at home in the second legs.

What are the key dates

February 18 & 25, 2021: Round of 32
March 11 & 18, 2021: Round of 16
April 8 & 15, 2021: Quarter-finals
April 29 & May 6, 2021: Semi-finals
May 26: Final (Gdansk, Poland)

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Europa League Meet the last 32

Rankings, Pedigree, How Teams Qualified for Round 32

AC Milan (ITA)
UEFA ranking: 57
Group H winners
Last season: N/A
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: semi-finals (1972, 2002)

Ajax (NED)
UEFA ranking: 19
Transferring from UEFA Champions League
Last season: round of 32 (L vs Getafe)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: winners (1992)

Antwerp (BEL)
UEFA ranking: 124
Group J runners-up
Last season: play-offs (L vs AZ Alkmaar)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: quarter-finals (1990)

Arsenal (ENG)
UEFA ranking: 11
Group B winners
Last season: round of 32 (L vs Olympiacos)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: runners-up (2000, 2019)

Benfica (POR)
UEFA ranking: 23
Group D runners-up
Last season: round of 32 (L vs Shakhtar)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: runners-up (1983, 2013, 2014)

Braga (POR)
UEFA ranking: 45
Group G runners-up
Last season: round of 32 (L vs Rangers)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: runners-up (2011)

Club Brugge (BEL)
UEFA ranking: 42
Transferring from UEFA Champions League
Last season: round of 32 (L vs Man. United)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: runners-up (1976)

Crvena zvezda (SRB)
UEFA ranking: 50
Group L runners-up
Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: runners-up (1979)

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
UEFA ranking: 39
Group K winners
Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 16 (1998, 2019)

Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
UEFA ranking: 31
Transferring from UEFA Champions League
Last season: group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: semi-finals (2019)

Granada (ESP)
UEFA ranking: 81
Group E runners-up
Last season: N/A
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: debut

Hoffenheim (GER)
UEFA ranking: 68
Group L winners
Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 32 (2021)

Krasnodar (RUS)
UEFA ranking: 43
Transferring from UEFA Champions League
Last season: group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 16 (2017, 2019)

Leicester City (ENG)
UEFA ranking: 51
Group G winners
Last season: N/A
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 32 (2021)

Leverkusen (GER)
UEFA ranking: 24
Group C winners
Last season: quarter-finals (L vs Inter)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: winners (1988)

LOSC Lille (FRA)
UEFA ranking: 101
Group H runners-up
Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 16 (2002, 2005, 2006, 2010)

Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
UEFA ranking: 76
Group I runners-up
Last season: third qualifying round (L vs Sūduva)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 32 (2014)

Manchester United (ENG)
UEFA ranking: 8
Transferring from UEFA Champions League
Last season: semi-finals (L vs Sevilla)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: winners (2017)

Molde (NOR)
UEFA ranking: 120
Group B runners-up
Last season: play-offs (L vs Partizan)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 32 (2016, 2021)

Napoli (ITA)
UEFA ranking: 20
Group F winners
Last season: UEFA champions League round of 16 (L v Barcelona)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: winners (1989)

Olympiacos (GRE)
UEFA ranking: 37
Transferring from UEFA Champions League
Last season: round of 16 (L vs Wolves)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 16 (1990, 2005, 2017, 2020)

PSV Eindhoven (NED)
UEFA ranking: 58
Group E winners
Last season: group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: winners (1978)

Rangers (SCO)
UEFA ranking: 61
Group D winners
Last season: round of 16 (L vs Leverkusen)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: runners-up (2008)

Real Sociedad (ESP)
UEFA ranking: 82
Group F runners-up
Last season: N/A
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: quarter-finals (1989)

Roma (ITA)
UEFA ranking: 18
Group A winners
Last season: round of 16 (L vs Sevilla)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: runners-up (1991)

Salzburg (AUT)
UEFA ranking: 22
Transferring from UEFA Champions League
Last season: round of 32 (L vs Frankfurt)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: runners-up (1994)

Slavia Praha (CZE)
UEFA ranking: 40
Group C runners-up
Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: semi-finals (1996)

Shakhtar (UKR)
UEFA ranking: 17
Transferring from UEFA Champions League
Last season: semi-finals (L vs Inter)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: winners (2009)

Tottenham (ENG)
UEFA ranking: 13
Group J winners
Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16 (L vs Leipzig)
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: winners (1972, 1984)

Villarreal (ESP)
UEFA ranking: 33
Group I winners
Last season: N/A
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: semi-finals (2004, 2011, 2016)

Wolfsberg (AUT)
UEFA ranking: 131
Group K runners-up
Last season: group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 32 (2021)

Young Boys (SUI)
UEFA ranking: 52
Group A runners-up
Last season: group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: round of 32 (2011, 2015, 2021)

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Real Sociedad vs Manchester United preview:

Manchester United will be aiming to take a step closer to the next phase of the UEFA Europa League when they lock horns with Real Sociedad in the first leg of their Round of 32 tie at the Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.

United began the season in the Champions League, but a capitulation towards the latter stages of the group phase saw them finish third behind PSG and RB Leipzig, resulting in them dropping down to the Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men head into the midweek clash on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw against West Brom and will be hoping to return to winning ways.

Real Sociedad meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last three matches, beating Getafe 1-0 in their most recent outing. Imanol Alguacil’s side just about managed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League, finishing second in Group G with nine points from six games, a point above third-placed AZ Alkmaar and they will be aiming to pull off a major upset on Thursday.

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Team news

Mikel Oyarzabal looks set to start for Real Sociedad after playing 79 minutes in his side’s the 1-0 victory over Getafe at the weekend on his return from injury.

However, long-term absentees Miguel Moya and Luca Sangalli are still missing.

Edinson Cavani, Donny Van De Beek and Paul Pogba are unavailable for Manchester United.

Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay have travelled to Italy for the last-32 first leg but face fitness tests on Thursday. Juan Mata is involved after missing recent squads, while teenagers Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire are included.

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Real Sociedad and Manchester United have only met twice previously, doing so in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage - Man Utd won 1-0 at Old Trafford, while it was a goalless draw in Spain.

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Manchester United are winless in their last nine European matches against Spanish opponents (D3 L6) since a 1-0 win over Celta de Vigo in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League semi-final.
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Manchester United have lost one of their last 16 UEFA Europa League knockout matches (W10 D5), losing in their most recent game against Sevilla in the semi-final last season.

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Only Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe (36) has attempted more take-ons in the opposition half than Real Socidead’s Adnan Januzaj (35) in the UEFA Europa League this season, with only Chidera Ejuke (32) and Everton (26) completing more dribbles than Januzaj overall (23).

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Benfica vs Arsenal Preview:

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Round of 32 of the Europa League brings an exciting clash between two European giants as SL Benfica take on Arsenal in the first leg at Stadio Olimpico on Thursday.

Due to current travel restrictions enforced due to COVID-19, both the teams will have to play their respective home fixtures at neutral stadiums, with Benfica ‘hosting’ Arsenal at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, while Arsenal will play their ‘home’ game next week at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece.

Both teams are unbeaten in the UEFA Europa League this term, with Benfica finishing as runners-up in Group D, while Arsenal won all their group games and topped Group B.

Benfica will look to bounce back after their disappointing 1-1 draw in the league against Moreirense with a win in their opening leg of this Round of 32 clash. They are currently fourth in the league and find themselves 13 points adrift of the current leaders Sporting Lisbon after 19 games.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will be high on confidence after beating Leeds United 4-2 in a thrilling contest. The Gunners are tenth in Premier League and their erratic and inconsistent form this season will make their target of finishing in the top 4 an even bigger challenge.

Thus, winning the Europa League provides Mikel Arteta’s men with the best opportunity of returning to Champions League next season. They will look to avoid a repeat of their last year’s embarrassing exit in the round of 32 of this competition against Olympiakos.

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Team news

Benfica right-backs Andre Almeida and Gilberto are both set to miss the Europa League encounter through injury with Jardel also a long-term absentee.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will miss the last-32 clash but Kieran Tierney has trained and is in the squad after recovering from a leg injury.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also travelled with the squad to Rome, where the Europa League tie will take place due to coronavirus travel restrictions, after he was pictured getting a tattoo last week.

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Arsenal have faced five different Portuguese opponents in European competition and beaten them all (Sporting CP, FC Porto, Sporting Braga and Vitória Guimarães) apart from Benfica (D1 L1).

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Benfica have won the first leg of their last nine UEFA Europa League knockout ties when it’s been at home and won 14 of their last 17 first leg matches in the knockout phase overall (L3).

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In this season’s UEFA Europa League, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe has been involved in 48 open play sequences that have ended with a shot, four more than anyone else.

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Benfica’s Pizzi has been directly involved in more UEFA Europa League goals than any other player this season (6 goals, 2 assists). The last Portuguese player to score more goals in a UEFA European campaign for Benfica was Eusébio in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners’ Cup (7).

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Real Sociedad vs Manchester United Line Up|

Real Sociedad XI: Remiro; Zaldua, Elustondo, Zubeldia, Monreal; Mikel Merino, Illarra, David Silva; Januzaj, Isak, Oyarzabal.

Man Utd XI: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, James; Rashford.

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Bruno Fernandes has now scored 20 goals across all competitions for Man Utd this season.

He puts Man Utd in front!

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Spurs have scored three goals in the first half of a European knock-out game for the first time this century.

Running riot in Austria :fire::fire::fire:

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18 goals
12 assists

Heung-min Son now has 30 goal involvements this season :fire:

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Half-time scores in the UEL:

Slavia Prague 0-0 Leicester
Sociedad 0-1 Man Utd
Wolfsberger 0-3 Spurs

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