Europa League Group Stage Round-up: Arsenal Qualify, Man United hope on Play-Off

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Arsenal have qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League, with other teams dropping to the Conference League after final group stage matches.

Arsenal and Manchester United through to Europa League knockouts

Manchester United failed to make it straight to the round of 16 after they could only manage a narrow 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad in Spain.

The Red Devils needed to win by at least two goals margin if they must qualify to the round of 16 of the competition and escape the playoffs. Hence, United will have to go through the play-offs.

Also, Jose Mourinho’s Conference League champions Roma are subjected to progress in the competition by featuring in the play-offs.

Arsenal, on the hand, topped their groups with 15 points and make it direct to the round of 16, escaping the playoffs.

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Other Europa League teams who finished top of their group and are through to the round of 16 of the competition includes;

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Real Betis

Union Saint-Gilloise

Real Sociedad




Second-placed teams in the second-tier awaiting the unseeded Champions League dropouts include:

Manchester United




PSV Eindhoven



FC Union Berlin

The second-placed team are awaiting the unseeded teams to be fixed in the playoffs for final Europa League round of 16 fixtures.

The unseeded teams (Champions League third-placed teams) include;



Bayer Leverkusen


RB Salzburg


Shakhtar Donetsk

Sporting Lisbon

Meanwhile, down teams finished third in the Europa League and not entirely knocked out of the European club competition for the season.

They will join Conference League in the playoffs and will be seeded against teams that finished second place in each group.

The third-placed team’s dropped to the second-tier include;


AEK Larnaca







When is the Europa League play-off draw?

The draw will be held at 12pm on Monday November 7, at the House of European Football at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland.

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How is the draw conducted?

The eight group runners-up from the Europa League will be seeded to face any of the eight third-placed sides from the Champions League group stages.

When will the matches be played?

The first legs of the last play-off round will be played on February 16, 2023, before the return legs a week later

When will round of 16 draws be conducted?

Arsenal’s automatic progression to the last 16 of this season’s Europa League means they will have to wait for the conclusion of the play-off round before learning who they will face next in the competition.

The draw for the last 16 of the second tier will take place on February 24, 2023, a day after the play-off second legs, with the last-16 ties held on March 9 and March 16, respectively.

Europa League Winner

The winner of the Europa League secures automatic qualification to the Champions Group Stage next year.

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