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Europa League sides search final qualification places

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Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, CSKA Moscow and Celtic dropped down to the Europa League after finishing third in the UEFA Champions League groups setting up some mouth-watering ties in the round of 32 in February. With one round still to play, several teams have already booked their places while others will be keen to qualify on Thursday.

Who else is through?

Arsenal, Atalanta, Braga, Dynamo Kyiv, FC Sion, Lazio, Lyon, AC Milan, Nice, Östersund, Partizan Belgrade, Viktoria Plzeň, Real Sociedad, Salzburg, Villarreal and Zenit St Petersburg.

Who can still qualify AEK Athens, Astana, Athletic Bilbao, Austria Wien, BATE Borisov, Crvena zvezda, İstanbul Başakşehir, FC Copenhagen, Köln, Konyaspor, Lokomotiv Moscow, Ludogorets, Marseille, Sheriff, Slavia Prague, Vitória SC and Zorya Luhansk.

Who’s out of contention?

Apollon Limassol, Everton, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim, Lugano, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Rijeka, Rosenborg, Skënderbeu, Vardar, Vitesse, Young Boys, Zlín, Zulte Waregem are already out as they are not in a position to get into the top two positions of their groups.

How will the draw work?

After Thursday’s matches, the last 32 draw will be conducted in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday where there will be two pots of clubs. Here, the 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage are seeded.

They will be drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed UEFA Champions League sides. No team can play a club from their UEFA Europa League group or a side from the same national association, with other restrictions to be confirmed ahead of the draw. -UEFA

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