Europa League is taking a break until February now that the group stage is complete. But before it does, they needed to determine the pairings for the next round of matches.
The draw took place on 17 December at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The knockout phase in Europa features 16 more clubs than Champions League, and another round, so they’ll be playing (nearly) weekly matches once play resumes on 14 February.
As a reminder, here’s how the twelve groups were settled during group play:
|Group||Winners (seeded in draw)||Runners-up (unseeded in draw)|
|A||Bayer Leverkusen (GER)||Zürich (SUI)|
|B||Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)||Celtic (SCO)|
|C||Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS)||Slavia Prague (CZE)|
|D||Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)||Fenerbahçe (TUR)|
|E||Arsenal (ENG)||Sporting CP (POR)|
|F||Real Betis (ESP)||Olympiacos (GRE)|
|G||Villarreal (ESP)||Rapid Wien (AUT)|
|H||Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)||Lazio (ITA)|
|I||Genk (BEL)||Malmö FF (SWE)|
|J||Sevilla (ESP)||Krasnodar (RUS)|
|K||Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)||Rennes (FRA)|
|L||Chelsea (ENG)||BATE Borisov (BLR)|