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Man United face Real Betis in Europa League last 16, Arsenal draw Sporting | Football News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United have been paired with Spanish side Real Betis in the Europa League round of 16. The fixtures were announced on Friday which also see Premier League leaders Arsenal drawing Portuguese outfit Sporting.
United will host the first leg at Old Trafford on March 9.
Earlier, United edged Barcelona 2-1 at Old Trafford, advancing 4-3 on aggregate to remain in the hunt for four trophies this season.
The English side is looking to secure their first trophy since their 2017 Europa League triumph under Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese’s current side AS Roma pitted against Real Sociedad in this season’s last 16.
On the other hand, Arsenal sailed through the Europa League group stages, winning five of their six group matches.
Arsenal will next face Sporting with the first leg scheduled to be played in Portugal.
Serie A giants Juventus progressed through the playoffs at Nantes’ expense thanks to a hat-trick from Argentine forward Angel Di Maria in the second leg in France, and will face Germany’s Freiburg next.
Record six-time winners Sevilla are again in the mix, and must negotiate a way past Turkish side Fenerbahce to reach the last eight of this year’s competition.
The following is the draw for the Europa League last-16 which was held in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday:
Union Berlin v Union Saint-Gilloise
Sevilla v Fenerbahce
Juventus v Freiburg
Bayer Leverkusen v Ferencvaros
Sporting v Arsenal
Manchester United v Real Betis
AS Roma v Real Sociedad
Shakhtar Donetsk v Feyenoord
The first legs of the last-16 ties will be played on March 9 and the second legs on March 16.
*Team mentioned first will host the first leg.
(With inputs from Reuters)





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