Europa League draw LIVE: Manchester United and Arsenal learn quarter-final and semi-final fate


The Uefa Europa League quarter-finals and semi-finals will be decided in the draw today.

Manchester United are into the last eight after seeing off Serie A giants AC Milan over two legs in the last 16. Paul Pogba scored the decisive goal in the second leg in the San Siro to ensure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s passage into today’s draw where they will surely be one of the teams everyone else wants to avoid.

Arsenal are also in the hat after outlasting Olympiakos over two legs. A home defeat on Thursday by just a single goal was enough after the 3-1 win in Athens last week meaning Mikel Arteta’s side progressed. With qualification for the Champions League via the league unlikely, all eyes will be on who they draw here with a place in next year’s competition the prize for the winner of this tournament.

European heavyweights and Champions League regulars Ajax and Roma as well as Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb, who sent Tottenham crashing out on Thursday evening, join them in the draw for the last eight where the possible semi-final matchups will also be decided. Follow all the latest throughout the ceremony right here following the conclusion of the Champions League draw:

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  • When is the Europa League draw?
  • Paul Pogba’s brilliance shows Manchester United what they’ve been missing
  • Arsenal must improve to stand chance in Europa League, says Mikel Arteta

AND WE ARE LIVE

Pedro Pinto has the stage! The quick recap praises Haaland and Mbappe, Porto’s defeat of Juve, Liverpool’s ‘home away from home’ with two wins at the Puskas Arena and more.

EUROPA TO FOLLOW

Don’t forget – we’ll have the Europa League draw coming soon afterwards right here too!

Paul Pogba’s brilliance reminds Man United of what they’ve been missing

Midfielder’s presence of mind and composure provided the edge in the Europa League

ALMOST GO TIME…

Speaking of Chelsea – Miguel Delaney explains why they have quickly become the ‘team you want to avoid’ in Europe.

Chelsea emerge as Champions League’s ‘team you want to avoid’

Thomas Tuchel extended his unbeaten start to life at Stamford Bridge to 13 games with a comfortable win in the second leg of the last 16 tie against the previously stubborn Atletico Madrid

STRAW POLL

A fans’ vote on UEFA’s page ahead of the draw has Bayern as the favourites to win, with 21% voting for them compared to 19% for Man City…and 17% for Chelsea, interestingly.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have certainly impressed since he took over.

STAT ATTACK

This season in the Champions League:

Most goals – Bayern Munich (24)

Highest average possession – Man City (59.5%)

Top scorer – Erling Haaland (10)

Most saves – Keylor Navas (33)

We’ve still got them all in the competition. The only name top of the charts who has exited at this stage is the player with most assists: Juan Cuadrado managed six, but Juve are out. Nobody else has more than three!

PAPER TRAIL

Over in Spain, AS say the big threats to Real’s hopes are Bayern, City and PSG. That’s…very astute. Last year’s two finalists and the most in-form side in Europe. I’d perhaps go slightly further and say Real’s own regular failings and injury list will also contribute to them not winning the Champions League this year.

30 MINS TO THE DRAW

Well, 30 minutes until UEFA begin their pointless montages and largely self-serving speeches. But we also get to see which famous face from yesteryear does the actual draw too, so…swings and roundabouts.

PORTO? NOT FOR JOTA

Several teams might be hoping to face FC Porto as the perceived weakest side left – but Liverpool’s Diogo Jota hopes that’s not the case for his team… yet.

Porto are the surprise team Diogo Jota hopes Liverpool avoid in Champions League

The Reds have knocked the Liga NOS side out of Europe twice recently

DETAILS

So, the draw itself:

  • No seeds or nation protection, it’s a totally open draw
  • We’ll find out the quarters, then the semis and also the ‘home’ team for the final
  • QFs are played 6/7 April and 13/14 for the second leg

The final itself is of course at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.

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