Borussia Dortmund against RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig against Zenit St. Petersburg: The two German Bundesliga sides have been spared a tough fight in the round of 16 of the Europa League like Arsenal or Atlético Madrid.
The German runner-up Leipzig plays first at home against St. Petersburg. The Russians had made up for their 1-0 defeat at Celtic Glasgow in the second leg on Thursday night. The BVB receives the Salzburg in the first leg in Signal Iduna Park. This resulted in the draw in Nyon. The Austrian champions prevailed against Real Sociedad San Sebastián.
The round of the 16 best teams will take place on the 8th and 15th of March. The finale will take place on 16 May in Lyon, France. BVB had reached the last 16 by a lucky 1-1 (0: 1) at the Italian Serie A club Atalanta Bergamo. The Dortmund had previously failed as well as Leipzig in the group matches of the Champions League.
The round of 16 of the Europa League in the overview
The RB team had also trembled in the second round to progress, in the end reached the league fifth of the Bundesliga but also a 0-2 defeat against the Italian leader SSC Naples, after the first leg was won 3-1.
Since the introduction of the Europa League 2009/2010 as the successor competition to the UEFA Cup, no German team has won the trophy. Record winner is the Sevilla FC with three triumphs between 2014 and 2016. Last Manchester United won the Cup. The last German team to win the UEFA Cup in 1997 were Schalke 04 Eurofighters.