Arsenal, Leicester, Tottenham and Rangers have all reached Europa League knockout stage; Celtic are out; Man Utd drop into Europa League after Champions League exit; Europa League last-32 draw takes place on December 14
he Europa League group stage is nearing its conclusion, with Arsenal and Leicester having already qualified for the knockout stage, while Man United are among the teams dropping into the Europa League after an early exit from the Champions League. Here’s what you need to know about the round of 32.
When is the Europa League last-32 draw?
The draw will take place at midday on Monday, December 14 in Nyon – after the Champions League last-16 draw.
Arsenal will go through as Group B winners withLeicester also securing qualification as group winners. Tottenham are through as group winners as well following their victory against Antwerp, while Rangers joined them after a thrilling 3-2 victory against Standard Liege.
Winless Celtic, however, are out of the competition and have now picked up only one point from their five group games after a 4-2 defeat at AC Milan.
Manchester United had hoped to be in the Champions League last 16 – but crashed out after defeat to RB Leipzig on the final matchday and must now settle for the Europa League.
Who else is into the knockout rounds?
- Slavia Prague
- Bayer Leverkusen
- PSV Eindhoven
- AC Milan
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Red Star Belgrade
- Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Wolfsberger AC
- Young Boys
- Real Sociedad
- Club Brugge*
- Dynamo Kiev*
- Manchester United*
- Red Bull Salzburg*
- Shakhtar Donetsk*
* Dropped into Europa League from Champions League
What is the draw format?
The draw will comprise 12 group winners, 12 group runners-up and eight third-placed sides from the Champions League who will drop into the Europa League knockout phase.
The clubs will be split into two pots,with the 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage all seeded.
No team can play a club from their Europa League group or a side from the same national association at this stage.
The ties will take place over two legs, with the seeded teams at home in the second legs.
What are the other 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)