This round of the UEFA Europa League features the teams that ‘dropped’ into the competition from the UEFA Champions League, including true continental heavyweights such as Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.
Barcelona v Napoli
Barca will be in action in one of the most mouth-watering ties, as they face Italian giants Napoli, with the teams’ first leg clash set for an early kick-off at the iconic Camp Nou in Catalonia.
“We want to push until the very end in the competition now,” said Napoli’s Elif Elmas, who played a key role in the Neapolitan’s 3-2 win at Leicester City in December which earned them progression to this stage.
Borussia Dortmund v Rangers
Dortmund, meanwhile, will come up against Scottish champions Rangers.
The Glasgow side is hoping to claim a major scalp: “Playing against a top club side in Europe will be a great test for us. It will give us the chance to play two good games against a quality opponent,” said ‘Gers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
“It’s going to be really hard — but you want challenges, in life and in football. You want to compete with the best and we are able to do that now. So we have to be on top of our game, but it’s really exciting to draw Dortmund.”
Porto v Lazio
Another eagerly-anticipated clash will see Porto welcome Lazio to Estadio do Dragao.
This clash has an extra layer of complexity given that Porto boss Sergio Conceicao is a former Lazio player – and seems likely to become the manager at the Italian team in the future.
“No one would want to meet [Porto],” said Lazio defender Jorge Silva. “Sergio Conceicao will end up leading Lazio, it’s something that both sides want. In Italy, when we talk about Portuguese, we immediately think of him and Fernando Couto.”
Zenit St Petersburg v Real Betis
The action on Thursday also features Zenit St Petersburg at home to Real Betis; Sporting Braga visiting Moldovan side Sheriff; Sevilla hosting Dinamo Zagreb; Real Sociedad heading to Germany to face RB Leipzig, and Atalanta welcoming Olympiakos to Bergamo.
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UEFA Europa League broadcast details, 17 February 2022
All times CAT
Thursday 17 February
19:45: Barcelona v Napoli – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
19:45: Zenit St Petersburg v Real Betis – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Football
19:45: Borussia Dortmund v Rangers – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
19:45: Sheriff v Sporting Braga – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1 and SuperSport Maximo 360
22:00: Sevilla v Dinamo Zagreb – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Football
22:00: RB Leipzig v Real Sociedad – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1 and SuperSport Maximo 2
22:00: Atalanta v Olympiakos – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League
22:00: Porto v Lazio – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga