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AC Milan lost and advanced to the Europa League top 16

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Europa League Play-offs Conclude with 16 Qualifying Teams

The Europa League play-offs came to an end in the early morning of February 23rd, Beijing time, resulting in 8 qualifying teams, including AC Milan, Roma, Marseille, Benfica, Sporting CP, Freiburg, Karabakh, and Sparta Prague. Additionally, 8 European teams also secured their spots in the next round, including Liverpool, Bayer Leverkusen, Brighton, West Ham, Atalanta, Villarreal, Glasgow Rangers, and Slavia Prague.

The 1/8 finals draw ceremony will take place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on February 13th at 19:00 Beijing time. The 8 Europa League group toppers will become the seeded teams and be given first-come-first-served in the 1/8 finals.

The first place teams in the Europa League group will directly enter the top 16. The Europa League play-offs consisted of the 8 second place teams in the Europa League group and the 8 third place teams in the Champions League group competing for the remaining eight tickets to the top 16.

In a surprising turn of events, AC Milan lost to Rennes 2-3 in the second leg of the play-offs, although they had previously defeated Rennes 3-0 at home. Despite the loss, AC Milan still managed to advance with a total score of 5-3.

In another game, Marseille defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 at home and advanced with a total score of 5-3. Star forward Aubameyang scored a goal in each of the two rounds and became the hero of Marseille’s advancement.

The stage is now set for the Europa League 1/8 finals draw, and fans are eagerly awaiting the matchups for the next round of the competition. The draw ceremony will determine the match-ups for the next phase of the Europa League, adding to the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming games.

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Reporter: Liu Yi
Editor: Long Xi

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