Europa League Playoff Draw: Barcelona to meet Man United, Moses Simon's Nantes draw Juve

The winners of the playoff round will meet Arsenal, and 15 other Europa League group winners in the round of 16 next year.

UEFA Europa League playoff draw

The 2022/2023 Europa League knockout stages will welcome unfamiliar faces this season following the ouster of European heavyweights from the group stages of the Champions League.


Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Sevilla were four of eight teams who finished third in the Champions League, and dropped to Europe's second-tier club competition to meet the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and AS Roma.

Monday's draw which took place in Nyon, Switzerland, decided what the playoff round will look like, ahead of the round of 16 scheduled to take place next year against group winners from the Europa League.

The playoff round will see the eight teams that dropped from the Champions, square off for a place in the round of 16 against the Europa League group runner-ups.

Barcelona vs Manchester United

Juventus vs FC Nantes

Sporting Lisbon vs FC Midtjylland

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Stade Rennais

Ajax vs Union Berlin

Bayer Leverkusen vs AS Monaco

Sevilla vs PSV Eindohoven

RB Salzburg vs AS Roma

The first legs of this stage of the competition will be played on 16 February, and the second legs will be played on 23 February 2023.

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 24 February 2023 with the first legs, slated to be played on 9 March and the second legs, on 16 March 2023.

The draw for the quarter-final and semi-final fixtures will then be held on 17 March 2023.

  • Arsenal
  • Fenerbahce
  • Real Betis
  • Royal Union Saint-Gilloise
  • Real Sociedad
  • Feyenoord
  • Freiburg
  • Ferencvaros

All eight teams won their groups.

Following the removal of the away goals rule, all ties that are still level after 180 minutes will go to extra time irrespective of the number of goals each team has scored at home and away.

If both teams still find it difficult in finding a winner after 30 minutes of extra play, the match will be decided by a penalty shootout.


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