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Europa League Round of 16: as it happened, reaction

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Europa League Round of 16: as it happened, reaction

Europa League Round of 16: as it happened, reaction

VALENTYN OGIRENKO

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The Galician side were the first team out of the bowl in the Nyon draw. Manchester United also face Russian opposition in FC Rostov.Europa League Draw live

Europa League Round of 16 live draw:

And that concludes the draw from Nyon. Kick-off times will be confirmed this afternoon. Stay with AS English for all the post draw reaction.

Thanks for you're time this morning with the Europa League draw and we'll be back on March 17 for the next draw.  

FC Copenhagen v Ajax

Gent v Genk

Olympiacos v Besiktas

FC Rostov v Man United 

Lyon v Roma

Schalke 04 v Borussia Monchengladbach

APOEL v Anderlecht

Celta v Krasnodar

13:10 | Balls dutifully shuffled , first team is Celta Vigo and they face Krasnodar  

13:10 | Kick off times for the games are expected to be confirmed by UEFA around 1500 CET today

13:09 |  Patrick Andersson (Europa League ambassador) will pick the teams from the bowl as the preamble becomes just a little too much preamble....  

13:07 | Fixture refresher: Games for the Round of 16 will be played on Thursday March 9th & 16th (tbc by broadcasting rights holders) 

13:06 | Format refresher: no seeding, teams from the same country CAN face each other. 

13:04 | Refreshing to see a renaissance in Belgian football with three teams (Anderlecht, Gent & Genk) remaining too.

13:03 | Portuguese teams notable by their absence in the draw. 

13:02 | Yep...preamble time...a look back at some of the highlights from the Round of 32.

13:00 | We're in Nyon and the draw is about to commence, one would suspect the usual pre-draw preamble.  Pedro Pinto our host this afternoon.

12:56 | The comeback kings on last nights Round of 32 were undoubtedly Borussia Monchengladbach and their 2-4 away win in Florence. 

12:55 | APOEL once again the preferred option for Celta Vigo fans in an online poll this morning.

12:51 | Disappointing exits last night from Villarreal despite their win in Rome and a dreary performance from Athletic in Cyprus against APOEL

12:50 | This is who Celta striker Iago Aspas tips to win the 16/17 Europa League (clue it's not Celta)

12:44 | Can Celta maintain LaLiga's excellent record in this competition? Seville and Atleti winning 4 of the past five competitions of the Europa League.  

12:37 | Man. United are the bookmakers favourite to lift the trophy in the Solna (Stockholm) final in May ahead of Roma, Lyon, Celta and Schalke 04. 

12:35 | The Round of 16 games will be played (in theory) on March 9/16, with the draw for the 1/4 final taking place on March 17. 

12:25 | Belgium (3), Russia (2) and Germany (2): countries whith most teams in the competition at this stage.

12:15 | A recap of the 16 sides into the hat or crystal bowl for the draw: Ajax, Anderlecht, APOEL, Besiktas, Borissia Monchengladbach, Celta Vigo, FC Copenhagen, Gent, Genk, Krasnodor, Lyon, Man United, Olympiacos, Roma, Rostov and Schalke.

12:05 | Man Utd. fans on social claiming they want a big side (AS Roma, Lyon) in the draw with others opting APOEL as their preferred rival.

12:00 | Today's draw is not seeded and teams from the same country can face one another.

11:40 | A round-up on the best action shots as Celta made their way through to today's round of 16 draw.


Belgium dominant

And then there were 16!

This morning's draw for the next round of the Europa League features four former winners (Schalke 04, Ajax, Borussia Monchengladbach and Anderlecht) with Belgium being the highest represented nation with three sides from the Pro League with Gent, Anderlecht and Genk all in the draw for the next phase.

Bookies favourites

Obvious favourites for the title are AS Roma and Jose Mourinho's Manchester United with the Red Devils being the only Premier League representative in the competition following Tottenham's Wembley exit to Gent.

Celta, sole LaLiga representative 

From a LaLiga perspective, just Celta Vigo remain after a late penalty in Kharkiv against Shakhtar took the tie to extra time before a glancing header from Cabral was enough to see the Galician outfit through to the Round of 16.   

Europa League Round of 16: build-up

Follow the match LaLiga 2016/2017 date 26 : Barcelona –Celta.

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