Europa League preview – African focus

Europa League preview – African focus
AS Roma's Mohamed Salah in action in Madrid

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Feb 23, 2017. 17:30

African players are set to take centre stage this evening when the last 32 round of the UEFA Europa League wraps up with 13 second-leg matches across the continent.

The early match this evening sees Turkish side Osmanlispor, who feature the likes of Pierre Webo and Badou Ndiaye in their squad, host Alaixys Romao’s Olympiacos. The teams are locked at 0-0 from last week’s first leg.

The 20h00 CAT kick offs are headlined by the clash between Mohamed Salah’s Roma and Villarreal, though the Italian side’s 4-0 lead has given manager Luciano Spalletti the luxury of resting the Egyptian for the match.

In the late games, Victor Wanyama’s Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to overturn a 1-0 loss from their first leg against Belgian side Gent when they take to the field at White Hart Lane, while Khouma Babacar’s Fiorentina will look to add to their 1-0 lead against German side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Three teams have already book their places in the next round following matches on Wednesday evening: Eric Bailly’s Manchester United, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting’s Schalke and Charles Kabore’s Krasnodar.

UEFA Europa League fixtures

All times CAT

Thursday 23 February


Osmanlispor v Olympiacos


APOEL v Athletic Bilbao

Ajax v Legia Warsaw

Zenit St Petersburg v Anderlecht

Roma v Villarreal

Besiktas v Hapoel Be’er Sheva

Genk v Astra

FC Copenhagen v Ludogrets

Shakhtar Donetsk v Celta Vigo

Tottenham Hostpur v Gent

Sparta Prague v FC Rostov

Fiorentina v Borussia Monchengladbach

Olympique Lyon v AZ

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