Rome Brighton, Sporting Atalanta, Milan-Slavia Prague: These are the Italians’ pairings in the round of 16 of the Europa League. The Giallorossi face the English Seagulls coached by Roberto De Zerbi, the Bergamo players go to Lisbon, Milan have better luck catching Slavia, but they took the risk of finding them Bayer LeverkusenDominator of the Bundesliga.

Former Manchester United defender John O’Shea took the balls out of the ballot box.

These are the eighth pairings:

Sparta Prague-Liverpool


Rome Brighton

Benfica Rangers Glasgow

Freiburg-West Ham

Sporting Atalanta

Milan-Slavia Prague

Qarabag-Bayer Leverkusen

The first leg of the Europa League round of 16 is scheduled for Thursday March 7th, while the second leg is scheduled a week later on Thursday March 14th. Only Sporting Lisbon-Atalanta has been brought forward to March 5th for the city game against Benfica. But the Nerazzurri will be on the pitch two days earlier in the championship against Bologna: a situation to untangle and it won’t be easy. “The Lions know their opponents in the round of 16 of the Europa League. Bye Atalanta.” This is what Sporting Lisbon said on the club’s official X account about the draw for the round of 16 of the Europa League in Nyon. Attached to the post is a graphic showing a map of Dublin, the venue for the competition final.

The winners of the round of 16 will qualify for the quarter-finals, the draw for which is scheduled for Friday, March 15th. Instead, the losers in the 2023/24 European Cups will be eliminated for good. The final will be played on May 22, 2024 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The winners will qualify for the group stage of the 2024-25 Champions League, provided they have not already qualified through their domestic league.


“Half a smile? I don’t know it. We definitely shouldn’t underestimate Sparta Prague because they are a solid, physical team. We have to prepare well, we have to have respect for everyone, but Milan have to go very far. “Milan must appear ambitious.” . This is how the Honorary Vice President of Milan, Franco Baresi, spoke to Sky Sport. “Sporting Lisbon? We know them, but they know us. They are an opponent of great value, with great international and European experience,” said Atalanta general manager Umberto Marino.

Conference League, Fiorentina against the Israeli Maccabi Haifa

Florentine in the round of 16 Conference League against the Israelis from Maccabi Haifa (first leg on March 7th, second leg a week later). These are the draws:

Servette-Viktoria Pilsen

Ajax-Aston Villa


Union St.Gilloise-Fenerbahce

Dinamo Zagreb-Paok Thessaloniki

Storm Graz-Lille

Maccabi Haifa-Fiorentina

Olympiacos-Maccabi Tel Aviv