How will the Europa League knockout stage work? When is the final? Who will Manchester United face?


The UEFA Europa League will return this week with the tournament set to get decided in a one-off way.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European competition was forced to halt back in March.

Now it will return for a quick-fire few weeks of action to decide where the trophy will go.

Manchester United are among the favourites to win it but plenty of Europe’s elite will be challenging them.

Manchester United are among the favourites to win the Europa League

Manchester United are among the favourites to win the Europa League

Europa League: How will the knockout stage work?

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the tournament has been on hold for five months and has now been revamped to get it done and dusted this season.

The final knockout rounds will be held in a mini ‘World Cup’ format held in Germany this month.

It will be a straight knockout tournament and all ties will be single-leg fixtures, once the Round of 16 has been played.

Inter Milan vs Getafe and Sevilla vs Roma did not start their Round of 16 ties in March so these will be decided as single-leg ties, also played in Germany.

Those two matches and then from the last-8 onwards will be split between the following four venues: Stadion Koln, Duisburg’s MSV Arena, The Dusseldorf Arena and Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen.

There are three British teams involved in the Round of 16 – Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers – and they will look to book their trips to Germany this week.

United smashed Austria’s LASK 7-1 and will take on FC Copenhagen in the next round while Wolves will look to join them by beating Olympiacos with their tie level at 1-1 on aggregate.

Rangers have it all to do to reach the next stage, with Steven Gerrard’s side 3-1 down against Bayer Leverkusen and playing away in the second leg.

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Europa League: What are the key dates?

Round of 16 ties

  • Copenhagen 3-1 (agg) Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 (agg) VfL Wolfsburg
  • Manchester United 7-1 (agg) LASK
  • Inter Milan 2-0 Getafe – single-leg tie
  • Wolves (1) vs (1) Olympiacos – August 6, Molineux – LIVE on talkSPORT
  • Bayer Leverkusen (3) vs (1) Rangers – August 6, BayArena  – LIVE on talkSPORT 2
  • Basel (3) vs (0) Eintracht Frankfurt – August 6, St Jakob-Park
  • Sevilla vs Roma – August 6, MSV-Arena, Duisburg (Single leg tie)


  • Manchester United vs Copenhagen – August 10, RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne
  • Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen or Rangers – August 10, Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel or Eintracht Frankfurt – August 11, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
  • Wolves or Olympiacos vs Sevilla or Roma – August 11, MSV-Arena, Duisburg


  • Semi-final 1 – August 16, RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne
  • Semi-final 2 – August 17, Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf


  • August 21, RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne

Europa League: When is the 2020/21 competition?

The qualifying rounds for NEXT season’s Europa League will start later this month before this term’s final has been played.

The preliminary round of matches start on Thursday, August 20 with the main qualifying getting underway on Thursday, August 27.

The competition proper is set to begin on October 22. The group stage draw will be conducted on Friday, October 2.

Wolves have been brilliant in the Europa League this season

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Wolves have been brilliant in the Europa League this season

Europa League: Radio coverage and how to watch

talkSPORT will bring you coverage of the rest of the Europa League this season.

We’ll bring you the Round of 16 action from Wolves, Rangers and Inter Milan this week.

talkSPORT will then be in Germany for the big games plus the Champions League final.

Meanwhile, BT Sport have the TV rights for the rest of the tournament.

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