Europa League draw: Manchester United to meet Liverpool in Round of 16, Spurs draw Dortmund
This will be the first time Liverpool and Manchester United face off in Europe
After the completion of the Round of 32 matches in the Europa League, the stage is set for the Round of 16. The pre-quarter finals sees four teams from La Liga and three from the Premier League.
In what is arguably the biggest clash of this round, Manchester United were drawn against Liverpool with the first leg to be played at Anfield. Liverpool had got past Augsburg by the skin of their teeth in a 1-0 aggregate win in the previous round while Manchester United initially struggled to get past Midtjylland before scoring for fun towards the end of the game to win the tie with a 6-3 aggregate scoreline.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur with the first leg to be played at Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund had beaten Porto in both legs to win the tie 3-0 on aggregate while Tottenham were made to work in the first leg before beating Fiorentina 3-0 in the second leg to advance.
Athletic Bilbao will play Valencia in an all-Spanish affair while Bayer Leverkusen will meet Villarreal.
Teams in Round of 16
|Anderlecht (Belgium)||Athletic Bilbao (Spain)||FC Basel (Switzerland)||Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)|
|Borussia Dortmund (Germany)||SC Braga (Portugal)||Fenerbahce (Turkey)||Lazio (Italy)|
|Liverpool (England)||Manchester United (England)||Sevilla (Spain)||Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)|
|Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)||Tottenham Hotspur (England)||Valencia (Spain)||Villarreal (Spain)|
Unlike the Champions League, there is no restriction in the Europa League Round of 16 and teams from the same country can be drawn with each other. In the Champions League, teams from the same league cannot face each other till the quarter-finals.
The schedule for the Round of 16 is already set and teams will play on consecutive weeks. The first leg is on 10 March while the second leg will be played on 17 March.
Europa League Round of 16 Draw
|First Leg at Home||First Leg Away|
|Borussia Dortmund||vs||Tottenham Hotspur|