Manchester United will play against Real Betis and Arsenal against Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of the Europa League

Manchester United take on Real Betis and Arsenal are drawn against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League round of 16.

Elsewhere, Juventus play Freiburg and Sevilla play Fenerbahce.

United qualified for the last 16 after a knockout draw against Barcelona in the play-off round. They drew the first leg 2-2 in Barcelona and came back from behind at Old Trafford on Thursday to win 2-1 and reserve their spot in the next round.

Arsenal did not have to play in the Europa League play-off round after winning their group. Mikel Arteta’s side finished top of the standings after winning five of their six group matches.

Meanwhile, Shakhtar continued their remarkable European run this season with a penalty shootout victory in France on Thursday. Shakhtar and Rennes won their respective home games 2–1, while the Ukrainian champions won 5–4 on penalties. They have been rewarded with a draw against Eredivisie leader Feyenoord.

The full draw of the last 16 of the Europa League

  • Union Berlin vs Union Saint-Gilloise
  • Sevilla against Fenerbahce
  • Juventus vs Freiburg
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs Ferencvaros
  • Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal
  • Manchester United vs Real Betis
  • Rome vs Real Sociedad
  • Shakhtar Donetsk against Feyenoord

When is the last 16 of the Europa League?

Unlike the Champions League, all matches of the last 16 of the Europa League are played on the same night. The first legs are scheduled for Thursday, March 9 and the return legs will take place a week later on Thursday, March 16.

Arsenal have a relatively friendly schedule around those dates. They will host Bournemouth on Saturday 4 March and then travel to Fulham – another London team – between the first and second leg of their European match against Sporting.


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After the second leg in North London, it’s Crystal Palace on Sunday, March 19. Mikel Arteta’s men will therefore not travel too much around their European obligations.

United, on the other hand, don’t have it that easy. They travel to Liverpool on Sunday 5 March – just four days before their first leg at Old Trafford – and host Southampton on Saturday 11 March. After their European challenge on March 16, they travel to high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, March 19.


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