Four French clubs were affected by the Europa League play-off draw on Monday, and they inherited very prestigious opponents.
The draw for the Europa League play-offs took place this Monday à Nyon, at the UEFA headquarters in Switzerland. This play-off round sees the reverses of the Champions League and the second group of the Europa League clash, for a place in the round of 16 of C3. Four French clubs are participating: Olympique de Marseille, Rennes and Toulouse finished second in their Europa League group, and RC Lens finished third of its Champions League group.
Toulouse FC, who had already won offered a great party by playing against Liverpool in the group stage, will face another prestigious club in these play-offs: Benfica Lisbon. It will be necessary to repeat a similar feat to this one. the one made at the Stadium on November 9 (3-2 against the Reds) to hope to qualify. For Stade Rennais, the draw was not successful. mercifully since the Bretons inherited of the leader of these dams: AC Milan. The Rossoneri finished third in the "pool of death" in the Champions League, behind Dortmund and PSG, and ahead of Newcastle. Roazhon Park will experience a gala evening in the return match.
L'OM and Lens better off
OM will face Shakhtar Donetsk, still ahead of schedule. a very good level on the European scene and passed close to qualifying for the Champions League, only three points behind FC Barcelona and FC Porto. The first leg should be played à Hamburg, since the Ukrainians cannot play à home due to armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The Phocaeans avoid AC Milan but also tricky opponents like Galatasaray, Benfica Lisbon or Feyenoord. Nevertheless, this poster should be rather balanced and the Marseillais are not widely favored.
RC Lens, which has been returning to form in recent weeks, has inherited the victory. of SC Friborg for this Europa League play-off. A familiar opponent at the top of the Bundesliga table in recent years: currently 6th in their championship, the Breisgau-Brasilianer finished 5th last season and 6th in 2021-2022. They finished behind West Ham in Group A of the Europa League, ahead of Olympiakos and Backa Topola. The return match will be played at the Europa-Park Stadium in Fribourg: it will certainly be necessary to make the difference at home. the first leg, at the Stade Bollaert, to qualify for the round of 16 of C3.
Here are all the matches in these Europa League play-offs:
Feyenoord – AS Roma
AC Milan – Rennes
RC Lens – Fribourg
Young Boys – Sporting
Benfica – Toulouse
Braga – Qarabag
Galatasaray – Sparta Prague
Shakhtar Donetsk – OM
Clubs qualified for the round of 16 of the Europa League:
As a reminder, the eight clubs which finished at the top of their Europa League group are directly qualified for the round of 16 of the competition. tion. They will face the winners of these play-offs.
The Europa League play-off schedule
The matches will take place on Thursdays, February 15 and 22. The teams who finished second in their group in the Europa League will play each other. home for the return match. Toulouse, Rennes and Marseille will therefore host the return match on Thursday February 22, while RC Lens will play at Stade Bollaert in the first leg on Thursday February 15.