Europa League draw: Man Utd to face Sevilla | West Ham get Gent in ECL

Manchester United will face a third Spanish opponent in a row after drawing Europa League specialists Sevilla in the quarter-finals.

Erik ten Hag’s side have already beaten Barcelona and Real Betis in the Europa League knockout stages, but they will now take on Seville next month for the last-eight tie.

Should United beat Sevilla in the next round, they will face the winner of Juventus’ tie with Sporting, the team who knocked out Arsenal on Thursday.

Sevilla are six-time winners of the Europa League

Elsewhere in the draw, Jose Mourinho’s Roma will take on Feyenoord in a repeat of last year’s Europa Conference League final, while Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen will take on Union Saint-Gilloise, the sister club of Premier League side Brighton.

United will come up against the team known as Europa League experts, with Sevilla winning six editions of the tournament since 2006.

The most recent triumph from the Andalucian side came in 2020, which saw Sevilla beat United at the semi-final stage.

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Erik ten Hag was full of praise for Marcus Rashford after the striker scored a brilliant goal in Manchester United’s win over Real Betis.

Europa League quarter-final draw in full

First legs on April 13, second legs on April 20

Manchester United vs Sevilla

Juventus vs Sporting

Bayer Leverkusen vs Union Saint-Gilloise

Feyenoord vs Roma

Europa League semi-final draw in full

First legs on May 11, second legs May 18

Juventus or Sporting vs Manchester United vs Sevilla

Feyenoord or Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen or Union Saint-Gilloise

Opta stats on Man Utd vs Sevilla

  • Manchester United are yet to win against Sevilla in European competition, drawing one and losing one in the Champions League last 16 in 2017-18 and losing in the Europa League semi-final in 2020.
  • Sevilla have progressed from six of their previous eight European knockout ties (incl finals) against English clubs, failing only against Leicester in the 2016-17 Champions League and West Ham in last season’s Europa League.
  • Manchester United are only the second side ever to face four different sides from the same country in a single season in a major European competition (Real Sociedad, Barcelona, Real Betis, Sevilla), after Leeds United also faced four Spanish clubs in the 2000-01 Champions League (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Deportivo de La Coruña, Valencia).

West Ham get Gent in ECL

Jarrod Bowen scored twice for West Ham against AEK Larnaca
Jarrod Bowen scored twice for West Ham against AEK Larnaca

David Moyes’ West Ham, meanwhile, were paired against Gent in the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League.

The Belgian side are currently fifth in their domestic division and beat Istanbul Basaksehir this week in the last 16.

Gent’s squad includes 20-year-old forward Gift Orban, who scored the fastest hat-trick in UEFA competition against Istanbul, taking just 205 seconds to net his treble in the second leg.

Should the Hammers win, they will play AZ Alkmaar or Anderlecht in the semi-final stages.

Europa Conference League quarter-final draw in full

Lech Poznan vs Fiorentina

Gent vs West Ham

AZ Alkmaar vs Anderlecht

Basel vs Nice

Europa Conference League semi-final draw in full

Lech Poznan or Fiorentina vs Basel vs Nice

Gent or West Ham vs AZ Alkmaar or Anderlecht

Opta stats: Gent vs West Ham

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David Moyes called West Ham’s win over AEK Larnaca as a ‘professional job’.

  • This is the first meeting between these two sides since the 1964-65 Cup Winners’ Cup, which West Ham went on to win.
  • West Ham have lost just one of seven previous games against Belgian clubs in all competitions (W4 D2), a 2-4 defeat to Anderlecht in the 1976 Cup Winners’ Cup final.
  • Gent’s last meeting with a Premier League club saw them knock Tottenham out of the 2016-17 Europa League last 32 (3-2 on aggregate).

EL & ECL round-up: Mourinho’s Roma beat Sociedad, Juve edge Freiburg

Jose Mourinho’s Roma put themselves in the driving seat in their Europa League tie with a 2-0 first-leg win over Real Sociedad.

Stephan El Shaarawy put away a Tammy Abraham cross for the opener, but Roma left it late to double their advantage, with Marash Kumbulla adding a second with just three minutes of normal time remaining.

Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the game to give Juventus a narrow 1-0 advantage in their clash with Freiburg.

Manchester United showed their character as they bounced back from their annihilation at Anfield with a 4-1 win at home to Real Betis in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Antony restored Man Utd's lead against Betis with a superb curling finish
Antony restored Man Utd’s lead against Betis with a superb curling finish

Arsenal also came from behind to draw 2-2 away to Sporting Lisbon.

Sven Michel scored a late equaliser as Union Berlin came from behind three times to earn a 3-3 draw with Union Saint-Gilloise in the snow.

Victor Boniface opened the scoring for the Belgian side in the 28th minute, but the scores were level at the break following Josip Juranovic’s equaliser.

Yorbe Vertessen then restored the visitors’ lead, only for Robin Knoche to make it 2-2.

Union Berlin drew 3-3 with Union Saint-Gilloise in their Europa League first-leg tie
Union Berlin drew 3-3 with Union Saint-Gilloise in their Europa League first-leg tie

Boniface scored his second of the game in the 72nd minute, but Michel hit the equaliser in the 89th minute to ensure the tie remained finely balanced.

Bayer Leverkusen gave their chances of reaching the last eight a boost with a 2-0 win over Ferencvaros. Kerem Demirbay and Edmond Tapsoba were on target, while Joan Jordan and Erik Lamela scored as Sevilla beat Fenerbahce by the same score.

Ezequiel Bullaude struck an 88th-minute equaliser for Feyenoord in a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, who had gone in front through Yaroslav Rakitskyi’s 79th-minute opener.

ECL: West Ham win, Villarreal draw with Anderlecht

West Ham players celebrate their side's second goal during the Europa Conference League round of 16 first leg
West Ham players celebrate their side’s second goal during the Europa Conference League round of 16 first leg

Michail Antonio struck twice late in the first half to guide West Ham past AEK Larnaca 2-0 in Cyprus.

Despite a troubled season in the Premier League, the Hammers have been cruising in the third-tier European competition with a perfect record.

Manu Trigueros put Villarreal – Champions League semi-finalists last season – ahead in the first half before Anders Dreyer scored to make it 1-1 in the second half for Anderlecht in the draw in Brussels.

Fiorentina won 1-0 over Turkey’s Sivasspor, and Nice beat Sheriff away in Moldova 1-0. Lech Poznan also defeated Swedish club Djurgarden 2-0.

There were draws in the remaining games as Basel and Slovan Bratislava drew 2-2 while Gent and Istanbul Basaksehir played out a 1-1 draw.

Lazio were upset at home 2-1 by AZ Alkmaar in their first leg tie played on Tuesday to avoid a clash at the Stadio Olimpico with Roma’s game in the Europa League.

EL: Arsenal draw Sporting; Man Utd face Real Betis | West Ham vs Larnaca in ECL

Arsenal have been drawn against Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of the Europa League, with Manchester United facing Real Betis.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners side, who were beaten finalists in the 2018/19 edition of the competition and reached the semi-finals in 2020/21, will travel to Lisbon next month to face Ruben Amorim’s side, who are fourth in the Primeira Liga at present, in the first leg.

The pairing of the clubs brings potential for a reunion between Arsenal and former defender Hector Bellerin, with the Spaniard having joined the Portuguese club in January after a short return to boyhood club Barcelona.

The Europa League trophy
The Europa League final will take place in Budapest on May 31

In terms of where the tie fits into the north London club’s schedule, they welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates before the away tie at Sporting. A trip to Craven Cottage to play Fulham comes between the two legs, before the visit of Crystal Palace follows the second leg.

Arsenal’s March schedule

  • Everton (H) – Wednesday March 1, 7.45pm
  • Bournemouth (H) – Saturday March 4, 3pm
  • Sporting Lisbon (A) – Thursday March 9, 8pm
  • Fulham (A) – Sunday March 12, 2pm
  • Sporting Lisbon (H) – Thursday March 16, 8pm
  • Crystal Palace (H) – Sunday March 19, 2pm

Manchester United, meanwhile, who have lost just once in all competitions since November , welcome Real Betis, managed by ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, to Old Trafford for the first leg.

In the lead-up to that match, United travel to Anfield to play Liverpool. They then play Southampton at home before making the trip to Brighton following the second leg, which will be played at Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin.

Manchester United’s March schedule

  • West Ham (H, FA Cup) – Wednesday March 1, 7.45pm
  • Liverpool (A) – Sunday March 5, 4.30pm
  • Real Betis (H) – Thursday March 9, 8pm
  • Southampton (H) – Saturday March 11, 3pm
  • Real Betis (A) – Thursday March 16, 8pm
  • Brighton (A) – Sunday March 19, 2pm

Elsewhere, Bundesliga title candidates Union Berlin take on Union Saint-Gilloise, while Roma – who occupy third place in Serie A – face Real Sociedad.

The first legs of the last-16 fixtures will take place on Thursday March 9, with the second legs a week later on Thursday March 16. The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday March 17.

Europa League last-16 draw:

Union Berlin vs Union Saint-Gilloise

Sevilla vs Fenerbahce

Juventus vs Freiburg

Bayer Leverkusen vs Ferencvaros

Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal

Manchester United vs Real Betis

Roma vs Real Sociedad

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Feyenoord

West Ham drawn to play Larnaca in ECL

West Ham will face AEK Larnaca in the last 16 of the Europa Conference League.

The Europa Conference League trophy
The Europa Conference League final will take place in Prague on June 7

David Moyes’ Hammers – who reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season – will make the long trip to Cyprus to face the leaders of the Cypriot First Division next month.

West Ham’s March schedule

  • Manchester United (A, FA Cup) – Wednesday March 1, 7.45pm
  • Brighton (A) – Saturday March 4, 3pm
  • AEK Larnaca (A) – Thursday March 9, 8pm
  • Aston Villa (H) – Sunday March 12, 2pm
  • AEK Larnaca (H) – Thursday March 16, 8pm
  • Manchester City (A) – Sunday March 19, 4.30pm

It will also be the third away trip in nine days for the club, who face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Wednesday March 1 and Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday March 4.

Europa Conference League last-16 draw in full:

AEK Larnaca vs West Ham

Fiorentina vs Sivasspor

Lazio vs AZ Alkmaar

Lech Poznan vs Djurgardens

FC Basel vs Slovan Bratislava

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Nice

Anderlecht vs Villarreal

Gent vs Istanbul Basaksehir

Europa round-up: Di Maria scores hat-trick in Juve win | Jose’s Roma through

Angel Di Maria scored a hat trick as Juventus reached the Europa League last 16 after beating Nantes, while Jose Mourinho’s Roma also progressed through the play-off round.

Di Maria scored all three goals in Juventus’ 3-0 second leg win at Nantes as the Italians won 4-1 on aggregate.

World Cup winner Di Maria opened the scoring at Stade de la Beaujoire in the fifth minute with a delightful curling strike from the edge of the box into the top corner.

Europa League – Last 16 draw

  • Seeded teams: Union Saint-Gilloise, Arsenal, Freiburg, Ferencvaros, Feyenoord, Real Betis, Real Sociedad, Fenerbahce
  • Unseeded teams: Manchester United, Juventus, Sporting Lisbon, Shakhtar Donetsk, Union Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Sevilla, Roma

The Argentine then doubled the lead in the 20th minute from the penalty spot after Nicolas Pallois was sent off for a handball in the box and then he completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute.

It was Juve’s first hat-trick in a UEFA competition away from home since Filippo Inzaghi in 2000 and boosts a miserable campaign for the Old Lady, who have been deducted 15 Serie A points for financial irregularities.

Juve are joined by fellow Italian side Roma in the last 16 after Mourinho’s side beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 in their second leg to win 2-1 on aggregate.

Roma's Paulo Dybala, second from right, scores during the Europa League playoff second leg soccer match between AS Roma and FC Red Bull Salzburg, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Goals by Andrea Belotti and Paulo Dybala saw Roma overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat in Austria to now remain unbeaten in their last 14 home games in the knockout stages of major European competitions (excluding qualifiers).

Bayer Leverkusen needed penalties to win an epic against Monaco after the score ended 5-5 on aggregate.

Monaco had won the first leg in Germany 3-2, but losing 3-1 going into the last 10 minutes at the Stade Louis II, it needed a Breel Embolo goal in the 84th minute to send the match into extra-time.

But that only delayed Leverkusen’s celebrations as the German team won the shootout 5-3.

Leverkusen players celebrate their win against Monaco during the Europa League playoff second leg soccer match between AS Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. Leverkusen win Monaco 3-5 in Penalties. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic was attacked by a fan who ran onto the field as the Spanish side overcame PSV Eindhoven.

The fan threw a punch at Dmitrovic before being wrestled to the ground by the keeper during the incident which happened late in the match at the PSV Stadium.

Dmitrovic appeared to be unhurt and the fan was quickly surrounded by players from both teams before being led off the field to jeers from the crowd.

A PSV supporter punches Sevilla's goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic in the face during the Europa League playoff second leg soccer match between PSV and Sevilla at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. Sevilla won 3-2 on aggregate. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Sevilla progressed despite losing 2-0 at PSV Eindhoven, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.

Union Berlin, unbeaten in 2023 and joint-top of the Bundesliga, cruised past Ajax 3-1 in the club’s biggest European victory to date.

The Berliners, in the Bundesliga since 2019, advanced 3-1 on aggregate after a goalless first leg in Amsterdam, amid wild celebrations from their fans at the Alte Foersterei stadium.

Shakhtar Donetsk got past Rennes on penalties after the Ukrainian side scored a 119th-minute goal in extra-time to take it to a shootout in France.

Shakhtar won 5-4 on penalties after the the game finished 3-3 on aggregate.

Sporting Lisbon also reached the next round after Pedro Goncalves scored twice in a 4-0 win at Midtjylland to secure a 5-1 aggregate victory.

Europa Conference League results:

Europa Conference League – Last 16 draw

  • Seeded teams: West Ham, Nice, AZ Alkmaar, Slovan Bratislava, Villarreal, Djurgardens IF, Istanbul Basaksehir, Sivasspor
  • Unseeded teams: Gent, Basel, Lazio, Lech Poznan, Fiorentina, AEK Larnaca, Sheriff Tiraspol, Anderlecht

Gent 1-0 Qarabag (Agg: 1-1, Gent win 5-3 on pens)

Fiorentina 3-2 Braga (Agg: 7-2)

Basel 2-1 Trabzonspor (Agg: 2-1)

Lech Poznan 1-0 Bodo/Glimt (Agg: 1-0)

Partizan Belgrade 1-3 Sheriff Tiraspol (Agg: 2-3)

Dnipro-1 0-0 AEK Larnaca (Agg: 0-1)

Anderlecht 2-1 Ludogorets (Agg: 2-2, Anderlecht win 3-0 on pens)

CFR Cluj 0-0 Lazio (Agg: 0-1)