A curious Belgian tête-à-tête in the 1/8th finals of the Europa League: AA Gent and Racing Genk face each other. RSC Anderlecht will find the Cypriot ALAKE Nicosia.
That is the result of the draw in Swiss Nyon.
The 1/8th finals are the first stage in the tournament where two clubs of the same country against each other can be drawn. That AA Gent and Racing Genk meet, also means that at least one Belgian club to the quarter-finals.
The duel, however, has a strange side, because the two clubs are still embroiled in a fierce battle for a ticket for play-off 1 and so European football next season. Both AA Gent and Racing Genk can be located in the remaining three league games, in fact, a misstep can afford and should focus on the Jupiler Pro League.
The dates of the season 1988-1989 that two Belgian teams meet in a European duel. When switched cuphouder KV Mechelen and Anderlecht in the second round of the Cup of winners ‘ cup.
Both for the East-Flemish people and for the People is the first time that they are the eighth-finals of the Europa League to reach. It succeeds the Buffalo’s already two times in the UEFA Cup, the forerunner of the Europa League (1991-1992 and 1986-1987).
AA Gent enlisted in the 1/16th finals surprisingly, the English Tottenham Hotspur, Racing qualified at the expense of the Romanian Astra Giurgiu.
The heenwedstrijd on 9 march in the Ghelamco Arena, the second leg, on 16 march, in the Luminus Arena.
Anderlecht in the last round Zenit St. Petersburg eliminated, with ALAKE Nicosia a little attractive, but sporty and interesting opponent. Already, the team of Igor De Camargo and reservedoelman Urko Pardo Thursday night, however, Athletic Bilbao.
The heenwedstrijd (9/3) takes place in Cyprus, the second leg (16/3) in the Constant Vanden stock stadium.
It is for the first time in the history of the League that three Belgian clubs the 1/8th finals. With three clubs in the last sixteen is our country the best represented at this stage of the tournament.
The six other duels are:
Celta de Vigo (Spa) – Krasnodar (Rus)
Schalke 04 (Ger) – Bor. Mönchengladbach (Ger)
Olympique Lyon (Fra) – AS Roma (Ita)
Rostov (Rus) – Manchester United (Eng)
Olympiacos (Gre) – Besiktas (Tur)
Copenhagen (Den) – Ajax (Ned)
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