The first edition of the UEFA Europa League home leg stage provides a lot of suspense, with no safe sides yet in the last 16 places.
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How the illegal immigration to knockout works
The eight winners of the teams automatically move to the last 16. Additional knockout rounds between the eight runners-up and third-ranked teams from the UEFA Europa League teams will then be played before the quarter-finals.
Thursday, November 25th
Group a: HJK Helsinki against Alashkart, Maccabi Tel Aviv against LASK
Group B: Famous anorthosis against Ghent, Flora Tallinn against Partisan
Group C: Roma v. Zoria Luhansk, Bodo / Glimt v. CSKA-Sofia
Group D: Jablonts v AZ Alkmaar, Renders v CFR Cluj
Group E: Slavia Praha against Feyenoord, Maccabi Haifa against Union Berlin
Group F: Slovan Bratislava v PAOK, Lincoln Red Impcez v Copenhagen
Group G: Fear against Tottenham, Ren against Vitesse
Group H: Almighty Kairat vs. Basel, Carbach vs. Omoni
What to watch out for?
Five way but who will join them?
Basel, Ghent, LASK, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Carbag are sure to finish among the first two in their teams and therefore at least a place in the knockout round playoffs is guaranteed. The following teams can acquire the same status on the fifth game day: Partisan, Bodo / Glimt, Roma, AZ Alkmaar, Jablonec, Feyenoord, Slavia Farra, Copenhagen, Fauk, Slovan Bratislava, Rens and Tottenham.
Round of 16 moorings for catch
The team winners go straight to the quarterfinals and a number of clubs will look at this transition on the fifth game day, quite a bit in House A, where the winners of the game between Maccabi Tel Aviv and LASK sign the first place. In House D, A.Z. Need to bridge just over Jablonec to get to first place and it’s the same scenario for Feyenoord when it comes to Slavia.
Key games for big names
Maybe Roma and Tottenham will be able to get the first two places, but they could also be pushed to the relegation threshold if things go against them. Jose Mourinho’s men are just a point away from rival Zoria Luhansk, so they will rely on others in their last game if they are defeated in Italy, while his old team Spurs could also drop to third place if they slip a teacher with Vitsa just a point behind Antonio Conte’s new team.
• Carbag and Basel moved from Group H and the possibility of deciding the top of the section when they meet in St. Jacob’s Park on the last day of activity.
• Spurs may face a shootout in London against Ren over the pool position in their closing game. The sides, who have both played football in the UEFA Champions League over the past two years, brought an exciting 2-2 draw at Park Rouge on the first day of play – a similar drama may await.
• Slavia reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League last season, but its hopes of leaving Group E here may be decided on the last day. Depending on the results of Game 5, Maccabi Haifa or Union Berlin may throw them in the position.
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September 14/16: Game Day 1
September 30: Game Day 2
October 21: Game Day 3
November 4: Game Day 4
November 25: Game Day 5
December 9: Game Day 6
December 13: Draw knockout round in the playoffs
February 17 and 24: Knockout round playoffs
February 25: Draw for the quarterfinals
March 10 and 17: Round of 16
March 18: Lottery quarterfinals and semifinals
April 7 and 14: Quarterfinals
April 28 and May 5: Semi-finals
May 25: Final (National Arena, Tirana)