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The 2017–18 UEFA Europa League knockout phase was a knockout stage which began on 13 February and ended on 16 May 2018 with the last game at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, France, to decide the champions of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League. A total of 32 teams compete in the knockout stage.

Round and draw dates

The schedule of the knockout phase was as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland).

Round Draw First leg Second leg
Round of 32 11 December 2017 15 February 2018 22 February 2018
Round of 16 23 February 2018 8 March 2018 15 March 2018
Quarter-finals 16 March 2018 5 April 2018 12 April 2018
Semi-finals 13 April 2018 26 April 2018 3 May 2018
Final 16 May 2018 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu

Matches where also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the normal Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

Qualified teams

Europa League group stage winners and runners-up

Group Winners
(seeded in round of 32 draw)
Runners-up
(unseeded in round of 32 draw)
A Spain Villarreal Kazakhstan Astana
B Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Serbia Partizan
C Portugal Braga Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
D Italy Milan Greece AEK Athens
E Italy Atalanta France Lyon
F Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Denmark Copenhagen
G Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň Romania FCSB
H England Arsenal Serbia Red Star Belgrade
I Austria Red Bull Salzburg France Marseille
J Spain Athletic Bilbao Sweden Östersund
K Italy Lazio France Nice
L Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg Spain Real Sociedad

Champions League group stage third-placed teams

Seed Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Seeding
1 A Russia CSKA Moscow 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9 Seeded in round of 32 draw
2 C Spain Atlético Madrid 6 1 4 1 5 4 +1 7
3 G Germany RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7
4 D Portugal Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 8 9 −1 7
5 F Italy Napoli 6 2 0 4 11 11 0 6 Unseeded in round of 32 draw
6 E Russia Spartak Moscow 6 1 3 2 9 13 −4 6
7 B Scotland Celtic 6 1 0 5 5 18 −13 3
8 H Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 0 2 4 7 13 −6 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Wins; 6) Away wins; 7) Disciplinary points; 8) Club coefficient (UCL Regulations Article 16.04).

Round of 32

<section begin=R32 /> The draw for the round of 32 was held on 11 December 2017, 13:00 CET.<section end=R32 />

Summary

<section begin=R32 /> The first legs were played on 13 and 15 February, and the second legs were played on 21 and 22 February 2018.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Borussia Dortmund Germany 4–3 Italy Atalanta 3–2 1–1
Nice France 2–4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2–3 0–1
Copenhagen Denmark 1–5 Spain Atlético Madrid 1–4 0–1
Spartak Moscow Russia 3–4 Spain Athletic Bilbao 1–3 2–1
AEK Athens Greece 1–1 (a) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 0–0
Celtic Scotland 1–3 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–0 0–3
Napoli Italy 3–3 (a) Germany RB Leipzig 1–3 2–0
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 0–1 Russia CSKA Moscow 0–0 0–1
Lyon France 4–1 Spain Villarreal 3–1 1–0
Real Sociedad Spain 3–4 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–2 1–2
Partizan Serbia 1–3 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 1–1 0–2
FCSB Romania 2–5 Italy Lazio 1–0 1–5
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 0–4 Italy Milan 0–3 0–1
Astana Kazakhstan 4–6 Portugal Sporting CP 1–3 3–3
Östersund Sweden 2–4 England Arsenal 0–3 2–1
Marseille France 3–1 Portugal Braga 3–0 0–1

<section end=R32 />

Matches

15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
19:00
Borussia Dortmund Germany 3–2 Italy Atalanta Westfalenstadion, Dortmund
Attendance: 62,500
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
Report
  • Iličić Goal 51'56'
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
21:05
Atalanta Italy 1–1 Germany Borussia Dortmund Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia
Attendance: 17,492
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
  • Tolói Goal 11'
Report
  • Schmelzer Goal 83'

Borussia Dortmund won 4–3 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
19:00
Nice France 2–3 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Allianz Riviera, Nice
Attendance: 16,918
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
Report
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
17:00
Lokomotiv Moscow Russia 1–0 France Nice RZD Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 18,104
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
Report

Lokomotiv Moscow won 4–2 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
21:05
Copenhagen Denmark 1–4 Spain Atlético Madrid Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 34,912
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Report
  • Saúl Goal 21'
  • Gameiro Goal 37'
  • Griezmann Goal 71'
  • Vitolo Goal 77'
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
19:00
Atlético Madrid Spain 1–0 Denmark Copenhagen Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Attendance: 44,035
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
  • Gameiro Goal 7'
Report

Atlético Madrid won 5–1 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
19:00
Spartak Moscow Russia 1–3 Spain Athletic Bilbao Otkritie Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 43,145
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
  • Luiz Adriano Goal 60'
Report
  • Aduriz Goal 22'39'
  • Kutepov Goal 45+1' (o.g.)
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
21:05
Athletic Bilbao Spain 1–2 Russia Spartak Moscow San Mamés, Bilbao
Attendance: 36,873
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
  • Etxeita Goal 57'
Report
  • Luiz Adriano Goal 44'
  • Melgarejo Goal 85'

Athletic Bilbao won 4–3 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
21:05
AEK Athens Greece 1–1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 30,518
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
  • Ajdarević Goal 80'
Report
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
19:00
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 0–0 Greece AEK Athens NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev
Attendance: 27,024
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Report

1–1 on aggregate. Dynamo Kyiv won on away goals.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
21:05
Celtic Scotland 1–0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 56,743
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
  • McGregor Goal 78'
Report
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
19:00
Zenit Saint Petersburg Russia 3–0 Scotland Celtic Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 50,492
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Report

Zenit Saint Petersburg won 3–1 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
21:05
Napoli Italy 1–3 Germany RB Leipzig Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,554
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
  • Ounas Goal 52'
Report
  • Werner Goal 61'90+3'
  • Bruma Goal 74'
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
19:00
RB Leipzig Germany 0–2 Italy Napoli Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
Attendance: 36,163
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Report

3–3 on aggregate. RB Leipzig won on away goals.

CSKA


13 February 2018 (2018-02-13)
18:00
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 0–0 Russia CSKA Moscow Red Star Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 35,642
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
Report
21 February 2018 (2018-02-21)
18:00
CSKA Moscow Russia 1–0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade VEB Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 18,753
Referee: Jorge Sousa (Portugal)
Report

CSKA Moscow won 1–0 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
21:05
Lyon France 3–1 Spain Villarreal Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
Attendance: 46,846
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Report
  • Fornals Goal 63'
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
19:00
Villarreal Spain 0–1 France Lyon Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal
Attendance: 17,028
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)
Report
  • Traoré Goal 85'

Lyon won 4–1 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
19:00
Real Sociedad Spain 2–2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg Anoeta, San Sebastián
Attendance: 19,790
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
Report
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
21:05
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 2–1 Spain Real Sociedad Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim
Attendance: 13,912
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Report
  • Navas Goal 28'

Red Bull Salzburg won 4–3 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
21:05
Partizan Serbia 1–1 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň Partizan Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 17,165
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
  • Tawamba Goal 58'
Report
  • Řezník Goal 81'
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
19:00
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic 2–0 Serbia Partizan Doosan Arena, Plzeň
Attendance: 10,185
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
  • Krmenčík Goal 67'
  • Čermák Goal 90+4'
Report

Viktoria Plzeň won 3–1 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
21:05
FCSB Romania 1–0 Italy Lazio Arena Națională, Bucharest
Attendance: 33,455
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
  • Gnohéré Goal 29'
Report
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
19:00
Lazio Italy 5–1 Romania FCSB Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 27,597
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
  • Immobile Goal 7'42'71'
  • Bastos Goal 35'
  • Felipe Anderson Goal 51'
Report
  • Gnohéré Goal 82'

Lazio won 5–2 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
19:00
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 0–3 Italy Milan Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad
Attendance: 7,887
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Report
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
21:05
Milan Italy 1–0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 17,453
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
  • Borini Goal 21'
Report

Milan won 4–0 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
17:00
Astana Kazakhstan 1–3 Portugal Sporting CP Astana Arena, Astana
Attendance: 29,737
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
  • Tomasov Goal 7'
Report
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
19:00
Sporting CP Portugal 3–3 Kazakhstan Astana Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
Attendance: 30,456
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
Report
  • Tomasov Goal 37'
  • Twumasi Goal 80'
  • Shomko Goal 90+4'

Sporting CP won 6–4 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
19:00
Östersund Sweden 0–3 England Arsenal Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund
Attendance: 7,665
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (Spain)
Report
  • Monreal Goal 13'
  • Papagiannopoulos Goal 24' (o.g.)
  • Özil Goal 58'
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
21:05
Arsenal England 1–2 Sweden Östersund Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 58,405
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
  • Kolašinac Goal 47'
Report
  • Aiesh Goal 22'
  • Sema Goal 23'

Arsenal won 4–2 on aggregate.


15 February 2018 (2018-02-15)
19:00
Marseille France 3–0 Portugal Braga Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 21,731
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
Report
22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
21:05
Braga Portugal 1–0 France Marseille Estádio Municipal, Braga
Attendance: 9,016
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
  • R. Horta Goal 31'
Report

Marseille won 3–1 on aggregate.

Round of 16

<section begin=R16 /> The draw for the round of 16 was held on 23 February 2018, 13:00 CET.<section end=R16 />

Summary

<section begin=R16 /> The first legs were played on 8 March, and the second legs were played on 15 March 2018.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Lazio Italy 4–2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–2 2–0
RB Leipzig Germany 3–2 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 2–1 1–1
Atlético Madrid Spain 8–1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 3–0 5–1
CSKA Moscow Russia 3–3 (a) France Lyon 0–1 3–2
Marseille France 5–2 Spain Athletic Bilbao 3–1 2–1
Sporting CP Portugal 3–2 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 2–0 1–2 (aet)
Borussia Dortmund Germany 1–2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–2 0–0
Milan Italy 1–5 England Arsenal 0–2 1–3

<section end=R16 />

Matches

8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
21:05
Lazio Italy 2–2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 21,562
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
Report
15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
19:00
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 0–2 Italy Lazio NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev
Attendance: 52,639
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Report
  • Lucas Goal 23'
  • De Vrij Goal 83'

Lazio won 4–2 on aggregate.


8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
21:05
RB Leipzig Germany 2–1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
Attendance: 19,877
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
Report
  • Criscito Goal 86'
15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
19:00
Zenit Saint Petersburg Russia 1–1 Germany RB Leipzig Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 44,092
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
  • Driussi Goal 45+1'
Report
  • Augustin Goal 22'

RB Leipzig won 3–2 on aggregate.


8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
19:00
Atlético Madrid Spain 3–0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Attendance: 40,767
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
Report
15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
17:00
Lokomotiv Moscow Russia 1–5 Spain Atlético Madrid RZD Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 22,041
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
  • Rybus Goal 20'
Report

Atlético Madrid won 8–1 on aggregate.


8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
19:00
CSKA Moscow Russia 0–1 France Lyon VEB Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 13,990
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Report
  • Marcelo Goal 68'
15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
21:05
Lyon France 2–3 Russia CSKA Moscow Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
Attendance: 38,622
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
Report

3–3 on aggregate. CSKA Moscow won on away goals.


8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
21:05
Marseille France 3–1 Spain Athletic Bilbao Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 37,657
Referee: Jorge Sousa (Portugal)
  • Ocampos Goal 1'57'
  • Payet Goal 14'
Report
  • Aduriz Goal 45+3' (pen.)
15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
19:00
Athletic Bilbao Spain 1–2 France Marseille San Mamés, Bilbao
Attendance: 40,580
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
  • Williams Goal 74'
Report

Marseille won 5–2 on aggregate.


8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
21:05
Sporting CP Portugal 2–0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
Attendance: 26,090
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Report
15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
19:00
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic 2–1
(a.e.t.)
Portugal Sporting CP Doosan Arena, Plzeň
Attendance: 9,370
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
  • Bakoš Goal 6'65'
Report
  • Battaglia Goal 105+2'

Sporting CP won 3–2 on aggregate.


8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
19:00
Borussia Dortmund Germany 1–2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg Westfalenstadion, Dortmund
Attendance: 53,700
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Report
15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
21:05
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 0–0 Germany Borussia Dortmund Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim
Attendance: 29,520
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
Report

Red Bull Salzburg won 2–1 on aggregate.


8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
19:00
Milan Italy 0–2 England Arsenal San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 72,821
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Report
15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
21:05
Arsenal England 3–1 Italy Milan Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 58,973
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Report

Arsenal won 5–1 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals

<section begin=QF /> The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 16 March 2018, 13:00 CET.<section end=QF />

For the first time since the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, all the eight teams at this stage represented different national associations.

Summary

<section begin=QF /> The first legs were played on 5 April, and the second legs were played on 12 April 2018.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
RB Leipzig Germany 3–5 France Marseille 1–0 2–5
Arsenal England 6–3 Russia CSKA Moscow 4–1 2–2
Atlético Madrid Spain 2–1 Portugal Sporting CP 2–0 0–1
Lazio Italy 5–6 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 4–2 1–4

<section end=QF />

Matches

5 April 2018 (2018-04-05)
21:05
RB Leipzig Germany 1–0 France Marseille Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
Attendance: 34,043
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Report
12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
21:05
Marseille France 5–2 Germany RB Leipzig Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 61,882
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Report
  • Bruma Goal 2'
  • Augustin Goal 55'

Marseille won 5–3 on aggregate.


5 April 2018 (2018-04-05)
21:05
Arsenal England 4–1 Russia CSKA Moscow Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 58,285
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
Report
  • Golovin Goal 15'
12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
21:05
CSKA Moscow Russia 2–2 England Arsenal VEB Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 29,284
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
  • Chalov Goal 39'
  • Nababkin Goal 50'
Report

Arsenal won 6–3 on aggregate.


5 April 2018 (2018-04-05)
21:05
Atlético Madrid Spain 2–0 Portugal Sporting CP Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Attendance: 53,301
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Report
12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
21:05
Sporting CP Portugal 1–0 Spain Atlético Madrid Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
Attendance: 28,437
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Report

Atlético Madrid won 2–1 on aggregate.


5 April 2018 (2018-04-05)
21:05
Lazio Italy 4–2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 42,538
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
Report
12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
21:05
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 4–1 Italy Lazio Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim
Attendance: 29,520
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Report

Red Bull Salzburg won 6–5 on aggregate.

Semi-finals

<section begin=SF /> The draw for the semi-finals was held on 13 April 2018, 12:00 CEST.<section end=SF />

Summary

<section begin=SF /> The first legs were played on 26 April, and the second legs were played on 3 May 2018.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Marseille France 3–2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–0 1–2 (aet)
Arsenal England 1–2 Spain Atlético Madrid 1–1 0–1

<section end=SF />

Matches

26 April 2018 (2018-04-26)
21:05
Marseille France 2–0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 62,312
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
Report
3 May 2018 (2018-05-03)
21:05
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 2–1
(a.e.t.)
France Marseille Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim
Attendance: 29,520
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
  • Haidara Goal 53'
  • Sarr Goal 65' (o.g.)
Report
  • Rolando Goal 116'

Marseille won 3–2 on aggregate.


26 April 2018 (2018-04-26)
21:05
Arsenal England 1–1 Spain Atlético Madrid Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,066
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Report
3 May 2018 (2018-05-03)
21:05
Atlético Madrid Spain 1–0 England Arsenal Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Attendance: 64,196
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Report

Atlético Madrid won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final

<section begin=Final />

The final was played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu on 16 May 2018. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

16 May 2018 (2018-05-16)
20:45
Marseille France 0–3 Spain Atlético Madrid Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
Attendance: 55,768
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Report

<section end=Final />

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