The Europa Conference League play-off draw took place shortly after the Champions league and Europe League draws on Monday, and involved the teams who had qualified as runners-up from the Europa Conference League group stages as well as those who had dropped out of the Europa League.
Unlike the Champions League draw – which had to be done twice following a bizarre software malfunction which compromised the first attempt – the Europa Conference League draw was not to arrange fixtures for the last-16 of the competition. Instead, the draw was to set up a play-off round that would then determine who would reach the round of 16.
The draw threw out some exciting fixtures, which will already have fans across the globe licking their lips. Without further ado, here we reveal the complete draw for the Europa League Play-off round.
Europa Conference League Play-off draw
The unseeded teams (those that finished as runners-up in their groups, will play the first leg at home)...
Marseille vs Qarabag
PSV vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Fenerbahce vs Slavia Praha
Midtjylland vs PAOK
Leicester City vs Randers
Celtic vs Bodo/Glimt
Sparta Praha vs Partizan
Rapid Vienna vs Tottenham/Vitesse
The winners of these ties will then join the teams that won each of the eight Europa Conference League groups in the round of 16. The draw for that round will take place at a later date and will also include the following teams: AZ Alkmaar, Basel, Copenhagen, Feyenoord, Gent, LASK, Rennes and Roma.
Tottenham, who were unable to play their final group stage match against Rennes due to a Coronavirus outbreak at the north London club's training centre, are awaiting a UEFA decision on who will be given points from the cancelled match. FFT understands it is unlikely Spurs will be given the points required to qualify but nothing is yet decided.
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Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Key FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.
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