How will the Europa League knockout stage work? When is the final? Who are Manchester United and Wolves facing?

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How will the Europa League knockout stage work? When is the final? Who are Manchester United and Wolves facing?

The UEFA Europa League Round of 16 was finally finished this week with the tournament now set to get decided in a one-off way.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European competition was forced to halt back in March.

Now it is gearing up for a quick-fire few weeks of action to decide where the trophy will go.

Manchester United are among the favourites to win it but plenty of Europe’s elite will be challenging them.

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Man United are among the favourites for Europa League glory this season


Europa League: How will the knockout stage work?

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the tournament was on hold for five months and has been revamped to get it done and dusted this season.

The final knockout rounds will be held in a mini ‘World Cup’ format held in Germany later this month.

It will be a straight knockout tournament and all ties will be single-leg fixtures.

Inter Milan vs Getafe and Sevilla vs Roma did not start their Round of 16 ties in March so these were decided as single-leg ties also played in Germany with Inter and Sevilla winning.

Now we have reached the last-8, all matches will be split between the following four venues: Stadion Koln, Duisburg’s MSV Arena, The Dusseldorf Arena and Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen.

There are two Premier League teams still involved – Manchester United and Wolves – after they booked their trips to Germany this week.

United smashed Austria’s LASK 7-1 and will take on FC Copenhagen in the next round while Wolves edged past Olympiacos and will now face Sevilla.

Inter Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk and Basel make up the quarter-finals.

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Europa League: What are the key dates?

Round of 16 results

  • Copenhagen 3-1 (agg) Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 (agg) VfL Wolfsburg
  • Manchester United 7-1 (agg) LASK
  • Inter Milan 2-0 Getafe – single-leg tie
  • Wolves 2-1 (agg) Olympiacos
  • Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 (agg) Rangers
  • Basel 4-0 (agg) Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Sevilla 2-0 Roma

Quarter-finals

  • Manchester United vs Copenhagen – August 10, RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne – LIVE on talkSPORT
  • Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen – August 10, Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel – August 11, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
  • Wolves vs Sevilla – August 11, MSV-Arena, Duisburg – LIVE on talkSPORT

Semi-finals

  • Inter Milan or Bayer Leverkusen vs Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel – August 16, RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne
  • Wolves or Sevilla vs Manchester United or Copenhagen – August 17, Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf

Final 

  • August 21, RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne

Europa League: When is the 2020/21 competition?

The qualifying rounds for NEXT season’s Europa League will start later this month before this term’s final has been played.

The preliminary round of matches start on Thursday, August 20 with the main qualifying getting underway on Thursday, August 27.

The competition proper is set to begin on October 22. The group stage draw will be conducted on Friday, October 2.

Wolves have been brilliant in the Europa League this season

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Wolves have been brilliant in the Europa League this season

Europa League: Radio coverage and how to watch

talkSPORT will bring you coverage of the rest of the Europa League this season.

We are heading to Germany for the big games – including Man United v Copenhagen – plus the Champions League final.

Meanwhile, BT Sport have the TV rights for the rest of the tournament.





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