The draw for the Europa League Round of 16 has actually happened on Friday the 25th of February.The Europa League Round of 32 would draw to a close on Thursday and saw a number of interesting games play out.Possibly the surprise of the round was Rangers beating Borussia Dortmund over two legs to make it into the final 16. Obviously, BVB did not have Erling Haaland for either leg, however it was a remarkable accomplishment however.
In Other Places, FC Barcelona looked back to their scintillating best when they beat Napoli 4-2 on Thursday to protect their place in the Round of 16.Barca and Rangers would join Braga, Real Betis, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, FC Porto and Sevilla in progressing earlier today.Said 8 teams have actually now joined the 8 Europa League group winners from earlier in the season, that included David Moyes' West Ham.
West Ham & Barcelona learn their fates
And as West Ham won their group, they would be drawn against one of the eight sides above who had either completed second in their Europa League group or dropped down from the Champions League.This was means that West Ham, on paper, were likely to be handed a tough Round of 16 draw as top teams like Barca, Atalanta and Sevilla were on the opposite side of the draw.
In the end, it would be Europa League professionals Sevilla who West Ham were drawn against in the Round of 16. A very hard test for David Moyes and co
. Xavi Hernandez's Barcelona, on the other hand, were handed a lot easier draw against Turkish side Galatasaray.
In other places, Scottish giants Rangers would be drawn against Crvena Zvezda.