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Uefa Europa League 2015-16 round of 16 draw:

  • Manchester United paired with fierce rivals Liverpool
  • Tottenham handed a tough test against Thomas Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund
  • Basel will have to beat holders and four-time winners Sevilla if they are to move one step closer to the final at St. Jakob-Park
  • Gary Neville's Valencia set for an all-La Liga tie with Athletic Club
  • Ties to be played on 10 and 17 March
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The 2015/16 Europa League final will be held at St. Jakob-Park in Basel on 18 May AFP

That is all for this particular live blog, but stay with IBTimes UK as we round up the draw and bring you the latest reaction. Goodbye.

It's a tough draw for Basel, who must past four-time winners Sevilla if they are to reach the quarter-finals.

Gary Neville's reward for guiding Valencia to a record 10-0 aggregate drubbing of Rapid Vienna is an all-Spanish affair with Athletic Club.

Wow. That certainly did not disappoint.

No prizes for guessing the headline tie of the round as Manchester United go toe-to-toe with fierce domestic rivals Liverpool. Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham is also a potential corker.

Fenerbahce vs Braga

Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham

Sparta Prague vs Lazio

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Athletic Club vs Valencia

Villarreal vs Bayer Leverkusen

FC Basel vs Sevilla

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Anderlecht

With the technical jargon explained, we are ready to go. Hold on to your hats, folks.

Former Basel and Borussia Dortmund striker Alexander Frei will help conduct the draw. The 36-year-old, who retired in 2013, is Switzerland's all-time record goalscorer after notching 42 times in 86 international caps.

It just would not be a proper Uefa draw without a nifty montage or two, would it?

No Gianni Infantino today, of course, as the organisation's general secretary has the small matter of a Fifa presidential election to contest over at the Hallenstadion in Zurich.

Uefa head of club competitions Michael Heselschwerdt has taken the stage and we should be underway shortly, after the usual explanation concerning exactly how the draw will function.

Basel's most famous fan, 17-time tennis grand-slam winner Roger Federer, is ready to go...


Sevilla are the current Europa League holders, having won the tournament for the second time in succession courtesy of a 3-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Warsaw.

Unai Emery's side remain in the running once again despite a surprising 1-0 second-leg defeat to Molde. Other notable teams include Basel, who have extra incentive to reach the final given that it is being held at their St. Jakob-Park home on Wednesday 18 May.

As ever, the draw is taking place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

A reminder that there are NO seeding or country restrictions in the knockout stages, meaning that two of the English teams involved could theoretically be drawn together.

Here is the full list of teams involved in today's draw:

Braga, Valencia, Liverpool, Sparta Prague, Lazio, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Club, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Fenerbahçe, Anderlecht, Manchester United, Sevilla, Villarreal, Basel

The last-16 ties will take place on 10 and 17 March.

It's the morning after the night before for the 2015-16 Europa League's 16 surviving teams, who have had preciously little time to dwell on the outcome of those last-32 second-leg results before discovering their next opponents in today's draw.

The Premier League is strongly represented, with Manchester United bouncing back from a disappointing defeat in Denmark to thrash FC Midtjylland 5-1 at Old Trafford in a match that featured a debut brace from Marcus Rashford, who only started as a result of a hamstring injury sustained by Anthony Martial in the warm-up.

A James Milner penalty secured Liverpool's progress at the expense of Bundesliga outfit Augsburg, while Tottenham turned in a highly professional performance to beat Fiorentina 4-1 on aggregate.

Proceedings are expected to get underway at approximately 12.00 GMT (13.00 CET), so stay tuned to IBTimes UK for live updates throughout...