The group stage of UEFA Europa League is over, and Shakhtar Donetsk joined the roster of teams in the playoffs. The Ukrainian squad may face one of the following clubs.
Teams that qualified to playoffs:
Group stage winners – Molde, Liverpool, Krasnodar, Napoli, Rapid Bucharest, Braga, Lazio, Lokomotiv Moscow, Basel FC, Tottenham Hotspurs, Schalke 04, Athletic Bilbao
Runners-up – Fenerbahce, Sion, Borussia Dortmund, St. Etienne, Midtjylland, Villarreal, Olympic Marseille, Sporting, Fiorentina, Anderlecht, Sparta Praha, Augsburg
Teams kicked out of UEFA Champions League:
Seeded – Porto, Olympiacos, Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen
Unseeded – Sevilla, Valencia, Galatasaray, Shakhtar Donetsk
The drawing procedure
32 teams are put into two pots. The ‘seeded’ status will go to 12 winners of the group stage, plus 4 best squads among those that finished third in their respective groups in UEFA Champions League. The rest clubs kicked out of the Champions League and 12 teams that finished second in their groups will be unseeded. The teams that already played during the group stage and representatives of the same national football association cannot meet again. Under the regulation of UEFA Executive Committee, Ukrainian and Russian teams are drawn into different pairs. Matches of the round of last 32 are slated for February 18 and February 25.