Olympique de Marseille will face Villarreal in the round of 16, Lille will face Sturm Graz in C4

OM will face the Spanish club in the round of 16 of the Europa League, following the draw on Friday. Qualified for the round of 16 of the Europa Conference League (C4), Lille inherited the Austrians from Sturm Graz.

France Télévisions – Sports Editorial



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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates OM's first goal against Shakhtar Donetsk on February 22 in the Europa League play-offs.  (NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP)

The only French club to have survived the Europa League play-offs, thanks to its victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday February 22 at the Vélodrome (3-1, 2-2 in the first leg), Olympique de Marseille now knows its opponent in the round of 16 final: it will be Villarreal, chosen following the draw on Friday February 23 in Nyon (Switzerland).

The first leg at the Vélodrome stadium next Thursday, March 7, and the return match on March 14. Among the favorites, Liverpool will face Sparta Prague, AC Milan will face the other Prague club, Slavia. Bayer Leverkusen will face Qarabag.

OM will try to maintain the precious 5th French place in the UEFA index, since the three other French clubs involved in C3 left on Thursday. Lens, Rennes and Toulouse were eliminated respectively by SC Fribourg, AC Milan and Benfica Lisbon. Olympique de Marseille is therefore the last French club competing in the Europa League, like Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and Lille in the Europa Conference League.

OM finished second in their group in the fall, behind Brighton but ahead of Ajax Amsterdam and AEK Athens. Led by their new coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, chosen to succeed the Italian Gennaro Gattuso, the Marseillais want to regain a positive dynamic thanks to these European deadlines. They will try to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League, which they last experienced in 2017-2018, during their epic journey to the final (lost 3-0 against Atlético de Madrid).

Lille against the Austrians of Sturm Graz

In the Europa Conference League, Lille will face Sturm Graz in the round of 16. The Mastiffs will first move to the Merkur-Arena Graz for the first leg, Thursday March 7, before hosting the Austrians at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on March 14.

Lille finished first in their group in the Europa Conference League this fall, ahead of Slovan Bratislava, Olimpija Ljubljana and KI Klaksvik. Sturm Graz finished third in their Europa League group behind Atalanta Bergamo and Sporting Portugal. The Austrians were transferred to C4 and qualified for the round of 16 by beating Slovan Bratislava in the play-offs (4-1, 1-0).

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