Man Utd could face Istanbul Basaksehir in quarter-finals while Inter vs Leverkusen is possible
Manchester United will face either Istanbul Basaksehir or FC Copenhagen in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, as they hold a commanding 5-0 lead over LASK in their last-16 encounter, while Serie A giants Inter are facing up to a meeting with Rangers or Bayer Leverkusen if they overcome Getafe.
The Italian outfit are yet to take in the first leg of their last-16 clash, with Sevilla and Roma also having both legs at that stage to play out.
United are among those to have one foot in the quarter-finals, having secured an impressive win in Austria prior to lockdown, with Basel another seemingly set to progress after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in their initial clash.
Bayer Leverkusen hold a 3-1 advantage over Rangers, Shakhtar Donetsk are leading Wolfsburg 2-1, Istanbul Basaksehir will be looking to defend a 1-0 lead over Copenhagen, while Wolves and Olympiacos are locked at 1-1.
With competitive football having been forced to shut down in mid-March, and with the coronavirus pandemic still impacting sporting events around the world, the final stages of the Europa League will be held in one region in an effort to avoid issues regarding travel and testing.
The 2019-20 mini-tournament will be played in venues across four cities in Germany: Gelsenkirchen, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Cologne between August 10 and 21.
The stadiums that will be used are Koln’s RheinEnergieStadion, Duisburg’s MSV-Arena, Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Merkur Spiel-Arena and Schalke’s Arena AufSchalke.
It could be that there is a German derby to be taken in, with Wolfsburg seeing a potential meeting with Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt placed in their path.
Elsewhere, Wolves, who are enjoying another impressive season in the Premier League under Nuno Espirito Santo, will be hoping to edge out Greek giants Olympiacos and line up another heavyweight tie with either record UEFA Cup/Europa League winners Sevilla or Roma.
Europa League quarter-final draw:
Wolfsburg/Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt/FC Basel
LASK/Manchester United vs Istanbul Basaksehir/FC Copenhagen
Inter/Getafe vs Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen
Olympiacos/Wolves vs Sevilla/Roma
Europa League semi-final draw:
Winner of quarter-final 4 vs winner of quarter-final 2
Winner of quarter-final 3 vs winner of quarter-final 1
All of the remaining last-16 encounters will be played to a finish on August 5/6.
The quarter-finals will then be held on August 10/11, with the semi-finals happening the following week on August 16/17.
The final will take place at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne on August 21.
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