Europa League Last 32, 1st leg, Feb 14
February 14, 2019 -- Europa League Round of 32 first leg matches include a contest between Galatasaray and Benfica, both currently lying in second place in the Turkish and Portuguese leagues respectively. The second leg matches takes place on February 21.
Galatasaray is one of eight teams to drop into the tournament after being eliminated from the Champions League, Europe’s premier club competition. Others include Internazionale, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia, and Napoli who, like Galatasaray, have all won the Europa League trophy in the past.
The 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League is the 48th season of Europe’s secondary club football tournament. The final will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29, 2019.
The winners automatically qualify for the 2019-20 Champions League group stage, and earn the right to play against the winners of the 2018-2019 Champions League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup.
Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national league and cup competitions.