The 2022 Europa League quarter-finals feature multiple continental powerhouses as the tournament progresses to the last eight. The March 18 draw offered some tasty clashes.
Tournament Favorite Barcelona will face the Bundesliga team in 9th place Eintracht Frankfurt. The German club have already eliminated their Spanish opponents, Real Betis, in the round of 16. Barcelona will host the second leg of the series.
Premier League side West Ham earned a tough draw against a talented French side Lyons, which is underperforming in Ligue 1 (9th place), but which has a star-studded workforce. A Hammers run to the final would include a potential semi-final against Barcelona if both teams progress to the last four.
RB Leipzigwho received a bye to the quarter-finals after the ban imposed on Russian clubs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, will face the Italian team Atalanta in what should turn out to be a high octane match.
Rangers will love their chances to continue their magical European run against Sporting Bragawho surprisingly eliminated AS Monaco in the round of 16 and recently beat Benfica in the Portuguese league.
Europa League quarter-final schedule and results
The quarter-finals will be played on April 7 (first leg) and April 14 (return leg).
|Date||Match||Time (ET)||tv channels||Flow|
|Thursday, April 7||RB Leipzig v Atalanta||12:45 p.m.||TUDN||fuboTVParamount+|
|Thursday, April 7||Eintracht Frankfurt v Barcelona||3 p.m.||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTVParamount+|
|Thursday, April 7||West Ham v Lyon||3 p.m.||Galavision||fuboTVParamount+|
|Thursday, April 7||Sporting Braga v Rangers||3 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTVParamount+|
|Date||Match||Time (ET)||tv channels||Flow|
|Thursday April 14||Atalanta v RB Leipzig||12:45 p.m.||To be determined||fuboTVParamount+|
|Thursday April 14||Barcelona vs Eintracht Frankfurt||3 p.m.||To be determined||fuboTVParamount+|
|Thursday April 14||Lyon v West Ham||3 p.m.||To be determined||fuboTVParamount+|
|Thursday April 14||Rangers v Sporting Braga||3 p.m.||To be determined||fuboTVParamount+|
Europa League semi-finals
The semi-finals will be played on Thursday April 28 (first leg) and Thursday May 5 (return leg).
|First leg host||Rematch Host|
|RB Leipzig / Atalanta||vs.||Braga / Rangers|
|West Ham / Lyon||vs.||Frankfurt / Barcelona|
Additionally, whichever team emerges from the second semi-final (West Ham, Lyon, Eintracht Frankfurt or Barcelona) has been named as the home team for the Europa League final on May 18, although that match will be played on the neutral site of Seville, Spain.
Designating the home team facilitates administrative considerations such as bench assignments, jersey assignments, and other competition-related matters.
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How to watch the Europa League quarter-finals
The Europa League Round of 16 is broadcast in the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish) on a number of television and streaming platforms. DAZN is the exclusive broadcaster in Canada.
- Appointment: Thursday April 7 and Thursday April 14
- American TV channels: TUDN, UniMas, Galavision, TUDNxtra
- Distribution in the United States: fuboTVParamount+, PrendeTV, TUDN.tv, TUDN app
- Canadian broadcast: DAZN
UNITED STATES: CBS Sports offers live pre-game, halftime and post-game shows, broadcast on Paramount+.
Every Europa League quarter-final game is available to stream on fuboTVwhich offers a free trial for new subscribers. The streaming platform carries CBS Sports Network and the entire Univision family of channels: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision and TUDNxtra.
Canada: The Europa League is carried exclusively by DAZN in Canada with matches available live and on demand.
The teams qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League
The Europa League Round of 16 ended on March 17, the day before the quarter-final draw.
The eight teams that qualified from the Round of 16 were included in the quarter-final draw.
Schedule and results of the round of 16
|Round of 16||1st run||Return match||Qualified team|
|Rangers v Red Star Belgrade||3-0||1-2||Rangers (Scotland)|
|Braga against Monaco||2-0||1-1||Braga (Portugal)|
|Porto against Lyon||0-1||1-1||Lyon, France)|
|Atalanta v Bayer Leverkusen||3-2||1-0||Atalanta (Italy)|
|Sevilla v West Ham||1-0||0-2 (aet)||West Ham (England)|
|Barcelona vs Galatasaray||0-0||2-1||Barcelona, Spain)|
|RB Leipzig v Spartak Moscow||cancel.||cancel.||RB Leipzig (Germany)|
|Real Betis vs Eintracht Frankfurt||1-2||1-1 (aet)||Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)|
UEFA Europa League quarter-final schedule
As Europa League matches are played on Thursdays, all four quarter-final home and away matches are scheduled on the same dates.
The first legs will take place on April 7, while the return matches will take place on April 14.
The semi-finals will follow, with the first leg of this phase also taking place on Thursday April 28 and the second leg a week later on May 5.
The final will take place just under two weeks after the conclusion of the semi-finals on May 18 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville.
- Quarter-finals: April 7 (first leg) & April 14 (return match)
- Semi-finals: April 28 (first leg) & May 5 (return match)
- Final: May 18 in Seville, Spain
Was the Europa League quarter-final draw seeded?
There was no seed at the quarter-final stage of the competition. It was an open draw with no country protection, no seeds and no other conditions imposed.
Teams were seeded in earlier rounds, based on qualification (e.g. group winners, group runners-up, playoff winners or Champions League knockout), but from the quarter-finals any team could be drawn against any other team.
The seeding was considered in the round of 16, with the group stage winners in a pot drawn against the teams that qualified in the round of 16 playoffs.
Could teams from the same country have met in the quarter-finals?
From the quarter-finals, there was no longer any “protection of the country” as expressed by UEFA. In other words, clubs in the same league could have been drawn against each other.
The only two teams in the quarter-finals from the same country are from Germany: RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt could have faced each other in the quarter-finals, but they were not drawn. They could still face each other in an all-German final.
Given the variety of teams present in the Europa League, a draw between two teams from the same country is not common. That hasn’t happened in the past two seasons.
The last time this happened was during the 2018-19 competition. Valencia were drawn against Villarreal at the quarter-final stage, and they won 5-1 on aggregate.
When was the 2022 Europa League quarter-final draw?
The draw for the remainder of the 2022 UEFA Europa League tournament bracket took place on Friday 18th March. It happened just a day after the round of 16 second leg.
- Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
- Weather: 8:30 a.m. ET (1:30 p.m. CET)
- Diffusion: Headquarters of CBS Sports (USA), DAZN (Canada), UEFA.tv
The draw took place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. It was broadcast live on UEFA.tv.
UNITED STATES: CBS Sports HQ host Poppy Miller and analysts Ian Joy and Luis Garcia provided analysis of the UEFA Europa League draw.
Canada: The Europa League draw was worn by DAZN in Canadahome of the three European Cup competitions.
It was the last Europa League draw of this 2021-22 season. Indeed, the semi-final draw also took place at the same time.
This ensured that each team now knew their potential opponents every step of the way to lifting the trophy.