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Europa League Round of 16 Draw: Fixture, Dates, Reaction

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The Europa League last 16 draw has been made in Nyon. The two legged-ties will take place on March 10 and March 17.

The teams that qualified are:

Braga (POR), Valencia (ESP), Liverpool (ENG), Sparta Prague (CZE), Lazio (ITA), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Athletic Bilbao (ESP), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Tottenham (ENG), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Fenerbahce (TUR), Anderlecht (BEL), Manchester United (ENG),Sevilla (ESP), Villarreal (ESP), Basel (SUI).

Here is the final draw: 

Shakhtar Donetsk v Anderlecht

Basel v Sevilla

Villarreal v Bayer Leverkusen

Athletic Bilbao v Valencia

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Sparta Prague v Lazio

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham

Fenerbahce v Braga

 

Needless to say, the pick of the fixture is Manchester United’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool. The two giants of the Premier League will face each other for the first time in any European competition. 

Manchester United have won both their games against Liverpool this season. At Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal’s side won 3-1, where Anthony Martial scored in his debut, while Wayne Rooney’s late strike sealed all three points at Anfield.

Tottenham Hotspur, the other Premier League side, will take Jurgen Klopp’s former club, Borussia Dortmund. That game also promises to be a cracker! 

Meanwhile, it’s an all-Spanish affair for Gary Neville, as Valencia face Athletic Bilbao. La Liga outfit Sevilla face Basel, while Villarreal will take on German giants Bayer Leverkusen. 

Lazio remain the only candidate from Italy in this competition, and they may go further in this competition, should they beat Sparta Prague.

Elsewhere, Shakhtar face Belgian side Anderlecht, while Turkish club Fenerbahce will face Portuguese outfit Braga.

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