European Midweek Round-Up


The Europa League is down to 16 teams after the First Knockout Round Second Leg results today, and second-seeded side Valencia are out, leaving Chelsea as favourites to win the competition.

Of the eight clubs that dropped into the competition from the Champions League, six played each other with Sevilla, PSG and Bayern Munich progressing at the expense of Basel, PSV Eindhoven and Copenhagen (respectively). Also through are Arsenal and Inter Milan.


The last 16 draw has paired holders Montpellier with rivals Paris St.Germain, while Inter Milan face Bayern Munich and Wigan Athletic will play Bayer Leverkusen. The full draw is below:

      Fiorentina v. Arsenal
 Athletic Bilbao v. Chelsea
     CSKA Moscow v. Real Sociedad
         Everton v. Bordeaux
     Galatasaray v. Sevilla
     Inter Milan v. Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen v. Wigan Athletic
     Montpellier v. Paris Saint-Germain


The Champions League is staggering its last sixteen over a five-week period, but the eight First Leg ties have now all been played. The three English sides left in the competition Рthe most of any nation Рall won their matches over the last fortnight. As did Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Fenerbahce, and 2011 winners Barcelona.


Second Leg ties are due to be completed by 19th March. Draws for the next phases of each competition will be made at the end of March.