By FRANCO PANIZO
Before the weekend action arrives, the UEFA Europa League returns to the spotlight with the first legs of it Round of 16.
Thirty-two teams enter the second round of the knockout phase of the competition on Thursday, and there are several mouthwatering match-ups that will be worth watching. That includes FC Porto’s clash with Napoli, Juventus’ battle with fellow Serie A club Fiorentina, and Tottenham’s home game vs. Portuguese powerhouse Benfica.
From an Americans Abroad perspective, Aron Johannsson will try and add to his dream season when AZ Alkmaar host Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. Johannsson scored twice over the weekend, so the U.S. Men’s National Team forward should be full of confidence in the opening leg.
If you will be watching any of today’s games, please feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play and analysis in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (full schedule after the jump).
1:55pm – FC Basel vs. SV Salzburg – Fox Sports Net/ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go
2pm – FC Porto vs. Napoli – ESPN Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go
2pm – Ludogorets vs. Valencia – Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Soccer 2Go
4pm – Tottenham vs. Benfica – ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go
4pm – Lyon vs. Viktoria Pizen – ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go
4:05pm – Juventus vs. Fiorentina – Fox Soccer Plus/ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go
4:05pm – AZ Alkmaar vs. Anzhi Makhachkala – Fox Soccer 2Go
4:05pm – Sevilla vs. Real Betis – ESPN Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go