The Europa League field will be down to 16 teams Thursday, as a slate of 15 second-leg matches will determine who moves on to the next round of the knockout stage.
Benfica took care of business by eliminating Hertha Berlin 4-0 (5-1 aggregate) on Tuesday.
Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and the rest of Everton will look to hold on to their 2-1 edge at Sporting Lisbon at 3:05 p.m. EST (DirecTV channel 462), hoping that a late penalty that yielded an away goal last week won't make the difference in their tie.
The other matches that kick off at 3:05 are:
- Fenerbahce vs. Lille (DirecTV 467, Lille leads 2-1)
- Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Rubin Kazan (DirecTV 464, Rubin Kazan leads 3-0)
- Juventus vs. Ajax (GOLTV, Juventus leads 2-1)
- SV Salzburg vs. Standard Liege (DirecTV 468, Standard Liege leads 3-2)
- Valencia vs. Club Brugge (DirecTV 465, Club Brugge leads 1-0)
- VfL Wolfsburg vs. Villarreal (DirecTV 463, teams tied 2-2)
- Werder Bremen vs. Twente Enschede (DirecTV 466, Twente leads 1-0)
Earlier Thursday, the following teams advanced to the Round of 16:
- Anderlecht (defeated Athletic Bilbao 4-0, 5-1 aggregate)
- Panathinaikos (defeated AS Roma 3-2, 6-4 aggregate)
- Marseille (defeated FC Copenhagen 3-1, 6-2 aggregate)
- Liverpool (defeated Unirea Uziceni 3-1, 4-1 aggregate)
- Atletico Madrid (defeated Galatasaray 2-1, 3-2 aggregate)
- Fulham (drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk, 3-2 aggregate)
- Hamburg SV (lost to PSV Eindhoven 3-2, 3-3 aggregate, advanced on away goals)
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