Europa Conference League draw LIVE: Aston Villa learn last 16 fate

The Europa Conference League has reached the last 16 stage

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The Europa Conference League last 16 draw is set to take place this afternoon with Unai Emery’s Aston Villa flying the flag as the lone British team in the competition.

Uefa will conduct the draw at their headquarters in Nyon, as is custom, with the teams who progressed through the play-off round discovering which of the seeded teams they will face.

Villa, along with the likes of Club Brugge and Fiorentina, are among the seeded clubs after finishing top of Group E but could be drawn against some tricky opponents as Dutch side Ajax, Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb and Greece’s Olympiacos all came through the play-offs.

Still, with their impressive form in the Premier League this season, Villa will be confident about progressing further into the competition regardless of which side they are drawn against.

Follow the last 16 draw and reaction as Aston Villa seek to continue their European journey:

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Europa Conference League draw LIVE

Martrin Baturina, Dinamo Zagreb midfielder said:“We already faced the most difficult opponent and we defeated them [Betis]. That’s why I don’t have any preferences for the draw.

“Whoever we get, we can play against them.”

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:48

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The British teams will all be content with their opponents.

Rangers have undoubtably the most difficult tie against Benfica but the Portguese club bring weight and history to the fixture meaning a decent away trip for the fans and with the Scottish team top of the league at present they’ll take some confidence in the matches.

West Ham are well versed with SC Freiburg having beaten them twice in the Europa League group stages and they should prove no match for David Moyes’ side if he can get them back into form.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will be strong opponents for any of the teams left in the competition but a fixture against Sparta Prague could be the ideal scenario for Jurgen Klopp to rest a few players and allow his injury list to shorten.

Finally, Brighton face Roma. Tough test but much like Rangers they’ll be taking on a team with European pedigree and should they get through the tie then it’ll buoy them on to better things in the quarter-finals.

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:36

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Europa League Conference draw LIVE

As we wait for some reaction to the Europa League last 16 draw, here’s what’s still to come this afternoon.

The Europa Conference League round of 16 draw takes place at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday 23 February. The draw is set to commence at 12pm GMT.

It is a very similar draw to the previous one with seeded and unseeded teams drawn against each other. Aston Villa are the only British team in the competition.

The draw features 16 teams. The eight group stage winners from the Conference League group stage are seeded, and will face the knockout round play-off winners.

No side can face another team from the same national association.

Ties take place over two legs, with group winners at home in the second legs. Ties level after 180 minutes will go to extra time irrespective of the number of goals each team has scored at home and away.

If the teams still cannot be separated after the additional 30 minutes, the tie goes to a penalty shoot-out.

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:30

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The round of 16 fixtures will take place on 7th and 14th March with the seeded teams playing the second legs at home where possible.

The fixture list will be finalised by 5pm GMT this evening.

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:24

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AC Sparta Prague vs Liverpool

AC Milan vs Slavia Prague

Qarabag vs Bayer Leverkusen

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:22

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Finally, Qarabag FK are the last team out of the pot…

… they are playing Bayer Leverkusen!

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:20

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Coming quickly to the conclusion of the draw and AC Milan…

… are going to be facing Slavia Prague!

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:20

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Sporting are the next team drawn out…

… they’re taking on Atalanta!

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:19

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Now for the second half of the draw and Freiburg are the first team out of the pot…

… they are facing West Ham United!

Mike Jones23 February 2024 11:18

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