EUROPA LEAGUE

UEFA have confirmed the dates of the first round of knockout fixtures for both the Champions League and Europa League following Monday’s draw.
Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Villarreal all discovered their fate in the first knockout stage of this season’s Europa League.
Real Sociedad missed out on top spot of their Europa League group after a final day defeat at home to Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Second half goals from Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia gave Athletic Bilbao a 2-0 win in Zorya and ensured they progressed through their Europa League group.
Real Madrid risk Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, while Barcelona could face old foes Chelsea or Bayern Munich.
Atletico Madrid’s Champions League exit will cost the club €30m and two players could be sold in January to make up for it.
Diego Simeone insists Atletico Madrid’s Champions League exit is not the end of an era but a new beginning.
Jan Oblak admits Atletico Madrid “didn’t play like we needed to in some games” after their Champions League exit but vows “we’ll fight for the Europa League.”
Villarreal confirmed they would top their Europa League after coming from behind to win 3-2 away at Astana in Kazakhstan.
A last minute goal from Mikel Oyarzabal secured Real Sociedad progressed to the Europa League knockout stages with a win at Rosenborg.
Two penalties from Aritz Aduriz and a late strike from Inaki Williams to comeback to defeat Hertha Berlin and take control in their Europa League group.
Real Sociedad took one step closer to the Europa League knockout stages with a 3-0 victory over Macedonian side Vardar.
Villarreal took full command of their Europa League group with an accomplished two-goal victory away at Slavia Prague.
Aritz Aduriz’s strike twenty minutes from time ensured Athletic Bilbao lived to fight another day in the Europa League campaign.
Gabi has dismissed the value of the Europa League and stated the probability of exiting the Champions League ‘really hurts’ Atletico Madrid.
A last minute strike from substitute Inaki Williams earned Athletic Bilbao a point at Ostersunds but leaves them in precarious position in Group J.
Two goals in the space of four minutes just before the break was enough for Villarreal to fightback and earn a draw at home to Slavia Prague.
Four goals from striker Willian Jose put Real Sociedad on course for a comfortable away win at Macedonian side Vardar in the Europa League.
Denis Cheyshev insists he is now ready to fight for a first-team spot with Villarreal after his recent spell on the sidelines.
Mikel Balenziaga says Athletic Bilbao will be going all out to win when they take on Ostersunds in Sweden on Thursday.
Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo said he took full responsibility for his team’s 5-1 Champions League thrashing by Spartak Moscow.
Real Sociedad were left to rue defensive errors as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat away to Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Europa League.
New Villarreal Coach Javier Calleja was left frustrated in his opening match as his side were held by Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Athletic Bilbao fear losing Iker Munain to a long-term injury after the forward was stretchered off in the 1-0 defeat to Zorya in the Europa League.
Two goals in the space of three minutes late on ensured Villarreal’s Europa League campaign got off to a winning start against Kazakhstani outfit Astana.
Athletic Bilbao started their Europa League group stage campaign with a scoreless draw away at Hertha Berlin.
Real Sociedad continued their strong start to the season with a comfortable 4-0 victory at home to Rosenborg in the Europa League.
Villarreal Coach Fran Escriba has accepted his team must improve and criticism following two successive defeats was valid.
Real Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto admits it would be a ‘dream’ to lift the Europa League trophy at the end of the season.
Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Iago Herrerin believes his side can win the Europa League this season and he is excited for playing his part.
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