The road to Basel became a little less populated on Thursday night as 32 teams became 16 in the 2015/16 Europa League.
In terms of English interest, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United all progressed – with varying levels of comfort – to the second knockout stage by beating Augsburg, Fiorentina and Midtjylland respectively.
Their reward is a place in today’s draw, which has just concluded in Switzerland.
With no restrictions as to who could play each other, there was always the chance of some intriguing ties, and the draw didn’t disappoint in that regard.
The standout of the draw is undoubtedly the pairing of Liverpool and Manchester United, which can be summed up in one word…
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) February 26, 2016
Tottenham meanwhile square off against Dortmund – Mauricio Pochettino’s men were highly impressive in dispatching Fiorentina 3-0 on Thursday night but it will be a tough ask to
The draw in full:
Shakhtar Donetsk v Anderlecht
FC Basel v Sevilla
Villarreal v Bayer Leverkusen
Athletic Bilbao v Valencia
Liverpool v Man United
Sparta Praha v Lazio
Dortmund v Tottenham
Fenerbache v Sporting Braga
The first leg of these ties will played on Thursday the 10th of March, with the return legs occurring one week later.