By AVI CREDITOR
Get out your brackets. It's UEFA Europa League time.
The Europa League will be whittled down from 16 teams to eight by day's end as the second legs will all be played Thursday afternoon.
No team has more to overcome in the early games than Panathinaikos, which yielded three away goals in a 3-1 loss to Standard Liege in the first leg. Their first kick is set for 2 p.m. EST (DirecTV 464).
Clint Dempsey and Fulham also have to overcome a 3-1 deficit – but own an away goal – as they welcome Juventus to Craven Cottage (2 p.m., GOLTV/DirecTV 465).
Here are the other second-leg matchups:
- Marseille vs. Benfica (1-1 aggregate, 2 p.m., DirecTV 462)
- Werder Bremen vs. Valencia (1-1 aggregate, 2 p.m., DirecTV 463)
- Liverpool vs. Lille (Lille leads 1-0, 4:05 p.m., DirecTV 462)
- Anderlecht vs. Hamburg SV (Hamburg leads 3-1, 4:05 p.m., DirecTV 463)
- VfL Wolfsburg vs. FK Rubin Kazan (1-1 aggregate, 4:05 p.m., DirecTV 464)
- Sporting Lisbon vs. Atletico Madrid (0-0 aggregate, 4:05 p.m., GOLTV/DirecTV 465)
Which game are you looking forward to the most? If you will be watching any or all of the Europa League games, please feel free to share thoughts, opinions and play-by-play in the comments section below.