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Europa League draw: Manchester United, Rangers and Wolves discover round-of-16 opponents


The Europa League draw has taken place with British sides Manchester United, Rangers and Wolves learning who they will play in the round-of-16.

Manchester United will face Austrian side LASK in their tie, while fellow Premier League side Wolves take on Greek side Olympiacos. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have been drawn against Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

United, who lifted the trophy in 2017, are one of six former champions left in the competition. The first leg will be played in Linz on March 12 with the return a week later at Old Trafford.

Austrian league leaders LASK made their group stage debut this season and secured a 3-1 aggregate win over Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar in the last 32.

Wolves progressed to the last 16 of a major European competition for the first time since finishing runners-up in the UEFA Cup in 1971-72, after overcoming Spanish strugglers Espanyol.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will take on an Olympiakos team that shocked Arsenal in the last round, the Greeks advancing on away goals Thursday following a 2-1 extra-time victory in London.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, the 2008 finalists, face Bayer Leverkusen who dumped out Porto in a clash of two former winners of the competition.

Inter Milan, winners of the tournament in 1991, 1994 and 1998, were drawn against La Liga surprise package Getafe, conquerors of last year’s Champions League semi-finalists, Dutch giants Ajax.

Five-time former champions Sevilla face a tricky tie against Roma, while 2009 winners Shakhtar Donetsk will lock horns with Wolfsburg.

Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir face FC Copenhagen, while Basel awaits the winners of the tie between Eintracht Frankfurt and Salzburg.

Eintracht leads 4-1 on aggregate ahead of Friday’s second leg, which was pushed back 24 hours due to a storm warning and the forecast of dangerously high winds in Austria.

The final will be played in the Polish city of Gdansk on May 27.


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