2018–19 UEFA Europa League

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2018–19 UEFA Europa League
Baku Olympic Stadium panorama 1.JPG
The Olympic Stadium in Baku hosted the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
26 June – 30 August 2018
Competition proper:
20 September 2018 – 29 May 2019
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total: 158+55 (from 55 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Chelsea (2nd title)
Runners-upEngland Arsenal
Tournament statistics
Matches played205
Goals scored565 (2.76 per match)
Attendance5,145,474 (25,100 per match)
Top scorer(s)France Olivier Giroud (11 goals)

The 2018–19 UEFA Europa League will be the 48th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 10th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The final was played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan,[1] between English sides Chelsea and Arsenal — which was the first Europa League final to feature two teams from one city. As winners, Chelsea will play against the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. And they would also have been qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage, but since they had already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved was given to the third-placed team of the 2018–19 Ligue 1, the 5th-ranked association according to next season's access list.[2]

Format changes[change | change source]

On 9 December 2016, UEFA confirmed the changing of plans for the UEFA Champions League for the 2018–2021 cycle, which was announced on 26 August 2016.[3][4] As per new rules, all teams that are eliminated in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds will get a second chance in the Europa League.

Round and draw dates[change | change source]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[5]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary Preliminary round 12 June 2018 28 June 2018 5 July 2018
Qualifying First qualifying round 19 June 2018 12 July 2018 19 July 2018
Second qualifying round 26 July 2018 2 August 2018
Third qualifying round 23 July 2018 9 August 2018 16 August 2018
Play-off Play-off round 6 August 2018 23 August 2018 30 August 2018
Group stage Matchday 1 31 August 2018
(Monaco)
20 September 2018
Matchday 2 4 October 2018
Matchday 3 25 October 2018
Matchday 4 8 November 2018
Matchday 5 29 November 2018
Matchday 6 13 December 2018
Knockout phase Round of 32 17 December 2018 14 February 2019 21 February 2019
Round of 16 22 February 2019 7 March 2019 14 March 2019
Quarter-finals 15 March 2019 11 April 2019 18 April 2019
Semi-finals 19 April 2019 2 May 2019 9 May 2019
Final 29 May 2019 at Olympic Stadium, Baku

Matches in the qualifying (including preliminary and play-off) and knockout rounds may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

Group stage[change | change source]

Location of teams of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Green pog.svg Green: Group B; DeepPink pog.svg Deep Pink: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D;.
Red pog.svg Red: Group E; Cyan pog.svg Cyan: Group F; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group G; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group H;.
Pink pog.svg Pink: Group I; Turquoise pog.svg Turquoise: Group J; SpringGreen pog.svg Spring Green: Group K; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group L.

The draw for the group stage will be held on 31 August 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The 48 teams are drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients.

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays are 20 September, 4 October, 25 October, 8 November, 29 November, and 13 December 2018.

A total of 48 teams play in the group stage: 17 teams which enter in this stage, the 21 winners of the play-off round (eight from Champions Path, thirteen from Main Path), the six losers of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path), and the four League Path losers of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Group A[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LEV ZUR AKL LUD
1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 16 9 +7 13 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 4–2 1–1
2 Switzerland Zürich 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 3–2 1–2 1–0
3 Cyprus AEK Larnaca 6 1 2 3 6 12 −6 5 1–5 0–1 1–1
4 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 6 0 4 2 5 7 −2 4 2–3 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group B[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAL CEL RBL ROS
1 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6 6 0 0 17 6 +11 18 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 1–0 3–0
2 Scotland Celtic 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9 1–2 2–1 1–0
3 Germany RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7 2–3 2–0 1–1
4 Norway Rosenborg 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1 2–5 0–1 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group C[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZEN SLP BOR KOB
1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 3 2 1 6 5 +1 11 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 2–1 1–0
2 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 6 3 1 2 4 3 +1 10 2–0 1–0 0–0
3 France Bordeaux 6 2 1 3 6 6 0 7 1–1 2–0 1–2
4 Denmark Copenhagen 6 1 2 3 3 5 −2 5 1–1 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group D[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DZG FEN SPT AND
1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 6 4 2 0 11 3 +8 14 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 3–1 0–0
2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–0 2–0 2–0
3 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 6 2 1 3 4 7 −3 7 1–2 1–0 1–0
4 Belgium Anderlecht 6 0 3 3 2 7 −5 3 0–2 2–2 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group E[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARS SPO VOR QRB
1 England Arsenal 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10 16 Advance to knockout phase 0–0 4–2 1-0
2 Portugal Sporting CP 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 13 0–1 3-0 2–0
3 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3[a] 0–3 1–2 0–1
4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 6 1 0 5 2 13 −11 3[a] 0–3 1–6 0–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Goal difference in all group matches: Vorskla Poltava –9, Qarabağ –11.

Group F[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BET OLY MIL DUD
1 Spain Real Betis 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 1–1 3–0
2 Greece Olympiacos 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 10[a] 0–0 3–1 5–1
3 Italy Milan 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10[a] 1–2 3–1 5–2
4 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 6 0 1 5 3 16 −13 1 0–0 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Goal difference in all group matches: Olympiacos +5, Milan +3.

Group G[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIL RW RAN SPM
1 Spain Villarreal 6 2 4 0 12 5 +7 10[a] Advance to knockout phase 5–0 2–2 2–0
2 Austria Rapid Wien 6 3 1 2 6 9 −3 10[a] 0–0 1–0 2–0
3 Scotland Rangers 6 1 3 2 8 8 0 6 0–0 3–1 0–0
4 Russia Spartak Moscow 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 5 3–3 1–2 4–3
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head points: Villarreal 4, Rapid Wien 1.

Group H[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FRA LAZ APL MAR
1 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 6 6 0 0 17 5 +12 18 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 2–0 4–0
2 Italy Lazio 6 3 0 3 9 11 −2 9 1–2 2–1 2–1
3 Cyprus Apollon Limassol 6 2 1 3 10 10 0 7 2–3 2–0 2–2
4 France Marseille 6 0 1 5 6 16 −10 1 1–2 1–3 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group I[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GNK MAL BES SRP
1 Belgium Genk 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–1 4–0
2 Sweden Malmö FF 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 2–2 2–0 1–1
3 Turkey Beşiktaş 6 2 1 3 9 11 −2 7 2–4 0–1 3–1
4 Norway Sarpsborg 08 6 1 2 3 8 13 −5 5 3–1 1–1 2–3
Source: UEFA

Group J[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SEV KRA STL AKH
1 Spain Sevilla 6 4 0 2 18 6 +12 12[a] Advance to knockout phase 3–0 5–1 6–0
2 Russia Krasnodar 6 4 0 2 8 8 0 12[a] 2–1 2–1 2–1
3 Belgium Standard Liège 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 10 1–0 2–1 2–1
4 Turkey Akhisarspor 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1 2–3 0–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head goal difference: Sevilla +2, Krasnodar –2.

Group K[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DKV REN AST JAB
1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 2–2 0–1
2 France Rennes 6 3 0 3 7 8 −1 9 1–2 2–0 2–1
3 Kazakhstan Astana 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–1 2–0 2–1
4 Czech Republic Jablonec 6 1 2 3 6 8 −2 5 2–2 0–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group L[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHL BATE VID PAOK
1 England Chelsea 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 16 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 1–0 4–0
2 Belarus BATE Borisov 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9 0–1 2–0 1–4
3 Hungary MOL Vidi 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7 2–2 0–2 1–0
4 Greece PAOK 6 1 0 5 5 12 −7 3 0–1 1–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase[change | change source]

In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final.


Bracket[change | change source]

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final (29 May – Baku)
 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 2 0 2  
 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1 3 4      Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1 0 1  
 Turkey Galatasaray 1 0 1    Portugal Benfica (aet) 0 3 3  
 Portugal Benfica 2 0 2        Portugal Benfica 4 0 4  
 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2 1 3        Germany Eintracht Frankfurt (a) 2 2 4  
 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 2 4 6      Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 0 1 1
 Austria Rapid Wien 0 0 0    Italy Inter Milan 0 0 0  
 Italy Inter Milan 1 4 5        Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1 1 2 (3)  
 Italy Lazio 0 0 0        England Chelsea (p) 1 1 2 (4)  
 Spain Sevilla 1 2 3      Spain Sevilla 2 3 5  
 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0 4 4    Czech Republic Slavia Prague (aet) 2 4 6  
 Belgium Genk 0 1 1        Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0 3 3
 Sweden Malmö FF 1 0 1        England Chelsea 1 4 5  
 England Chelsea 2 3 5      England Chelsea 3 5 8
 Greece Olympiacos 2 0 2    Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0 0 0  
 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2 1 3        England Chelsea 4
 France Rennes 3 3 6        England Arsenal 1
 Spain Real Betis 3 1 4      France Rennes 3 0 3  
 Belarus BATE Borisov 1 0 1    England Arsenal 1 3 4  
 England Arsenal 0 3 3        England Arsenal 2 1 3  
 Switzerland Zürich 1 0 1        Italy Napoli 0 0 0  
 Italy Napoli 3 2 5      Italy Napoli 3 1 4
 Belgium Club Brugge 2 0 2    Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0 3 3  
 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1 4 5        England Arsenal 3 4 7
 Turkey Fenerbahçe 1 1 2        Spain Valencia 1 2 3  
 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 0 3 3      Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1 1 2  
 Portugal Sporting CP 0 1 1    Spain Villarreal 3 2 5  
 Spain Villarreal 1 1 2        Spain Villarreal 1 0 1
 Scotland Celtic 0 0 0        Spain Valencia 3 2 5  
 Spain Valencia 2 1 3      Spain Valencia 2 1 3
 Russia Krasnodar (a) 0 1 1    Russia Krasnodar 1 1 2  
 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0 1 1  

Round of 32[change | change source]

The draw for the round of 32 was held on 17 December 2018.[6] The first legs were played on 12 and 14 February, and the second legs were played on 20 and 21 February 2019.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic 2–4 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–1 0–3
Club Brugge Belgium 2–5 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–1 0–4
Rapid Wien Austria 0–5 Italy Inter Milan 0–1 0–4
Slavia Prague Czech Republic 4–1 Belgium Genk 0–0 4–1
Krasnodar Russia 1–1 (a) Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0–0 1–1
Zürich Switzerland 1–5 Italy Napoli 1–3 0–2
Malmö FF Sweden 1–5 England Chelsea 1–2 0–3
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 3–6 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 2–2 1–4
Celtic Scotland 0–3 Spain Valencia 0–2 0–1
Rennes France 6–4 Spain Real Betis 3–3 3–1
Olympiacos Greece 2–3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–2 0–1
Lazio Italy 0–3 Spain Sevilla 0–1 0–2
Fenerbahçe Turkey 2–3 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–0 1–3
Sporting CP Portugal 1–2 Spain Villarreal 0–1 1–1
BATE Borisov Belarus 1–3 England Arsenal 1–0 0–3
Galatasaray Turkey 1–2 Portugal Benfica 1–2 0–0


Round of 16[change | change source]

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 22 February 2019.[7] The first legs were played on 7 March, and the second legs were played on 14 March 2019.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Chelsea England 8–0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 3–0 5–0
Eintracht Frankfurt Germany 1–0 Italy Inter Milan 0–0 1–0
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 1–3 Portugal Benfica 1–0 0–3 (aet)
Napoli Italy 4–3 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 3–0 1–3
Valencia Spain 3–2 Russia Krasnodar 2–1 1–1
Sevilla Spain 5–6 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 2–2 3–4 (aet)
Rennes France 3–4[upper-alpha 1] England Arsenal 3–1 0–3
Zenit Saint Petersburg Russia 2–5 Spain Villarreal 1–3 1–2

Notes

  1. Order of legs reversed after original draw, in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv match in the same city.

Quarter-finals[change | change source]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 15 March 2019.[8] The first legs were played on 11 April, the second legs were played on 18 April 2019.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Arsenal England 3–0[upper-alpha 1] Italy Napoli 2–0 1–0
Villarreal Spain 1–5 Spain Valencia 1–3 0–2
Benfica Portugal 4–4 (a) Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 4–2 0–2
Slavia Prague Czech Republic 3–5 England Chelsea 0–1 3–4

Notes

  1. Order of legs reversed after original draw, in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Chelsea v Slavia Prague match in the same city.

Semi-finals[change | change source]

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 15 March 2019 (after the quarter-final draw).[8] The first legs were played on 2 May, and the second legs were played on 9 May 2019.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Arsenal England 7–3 Spain Valencia 3–1 4–2
Eintracht Frankfurt Germany 2–2 (3–4 p) England Chelsea 1–1 1–1 (aet)


Final[change | change source]

The final was held on 29 May 2019 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws.[8]

29 May 2019 (2019-05-29)
21:00 CEST
Chelsea England 4–1 England Arsenal Olympic Stadium, Baku
Attendance: 51,370[9]
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
report

References[change | change source]

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