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UEFA Europa League round of 16 facts and links

The round of 16 will mean a return to AS Roma for ACF Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella and two of his midfielders, plus another all-Spanish tie for Sevilla FC.

Sevilla left it late to get the better of Villarreal earlier in the season
Sevilla left it late to get the better of Villarreal earlier in the season ©AFP/Getty Images

Everton FC (ENG) v FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
• Everton drew 1-1 at home to FC Metalist Kharkiv before winning the return leg 3-2 in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round.
• Dynamo's record in 22 games against English clubs is: W4 D7 L11 (W0 D2 L9 in England).
• Everton's Romelu Lukaku is the top scorer among the 16 sides left in the UEFA Europa League with six goals since the start of the group stage.

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR) v AFC Ajax (NED)
• Dnipro have a good record against Dutch teams in UEFA competition: W4 D1 L1.
• Ajax overcame Dynamo Kyiv 3-2 on aggregate in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League play-offs in their only previous European encounter with Ukrainian opponents.
• Of the sides left in the competition, Dnipro have committed the most fouls this season: 142 in total. They are also the most-fouled team, with 137 infringements against them.

FC Zenit (RUS) v Torino FC (ITA)
• Torino striker Maxi López netted nine goals in 22 Russian Premier-Liga outings for FK Moskva in the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.
• Torino lost 2-1 on aggregate to FC Dinamo Moskva in their sole previous meeting with Russian opposition, in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup second round.
• Zenit succumbed 2-1 overall to Udinese Calcio in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 16.

Stuart expecting tough test for Everton

VfL Wolfsburg (GER) v FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
• Wolfsburg have yet to win in three matches against Serie A representatives (D1 L2); Inter's record versus German sides is W16 D8 L11.
• Wolfsburg are the least experienced club in the round of 16, with just 58 European games to their name. Inter have the most impressive pedigree with 387 European matches.
• Along with Juventus, Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC, Inter are one of four teams to have won this competition three times, their last success coming in 1998.

Villarreal CF (ESP) v Sevilla FC (ESP)
• Villarreal's Marcelino coached Sevilla in 2011 and 2012, losing his job after a 2-1 defeat by his current employers.
• Sevilla scored twice in the last three minutes as they came from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1 earlier this term.
• The last two seasons in which Sevilla faced Spanish rivals in two-legged UEFA Europa League ties (v CA Osasuna in 2006/07 and v Real Betis Balompié and v Valencia CF in 2013/14), they went on to lift the trophy.

Smertin on Dinamo Moskva draw

SSC Napoli (ITA) v FC Dinamo Moskva (RUS)
• Dinamo coach Stanislav Cherchesov took on Napoli as a goalkeeper with FC Spartak Moskva in a 1990/91 European Cup round of 16 tie; both legs ended 0-0, with Spartak edging it 5-3 on penalties.
• Napoli will hope their coach is a lucky charm – Rafael Benítez could equal Giovanni Trapattoni in becoming just the second coach to win the UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League for a third time, having done so with Valencia (2003/04) and Chelsea FC (2012/13).
• Of the sides that started in the group stage, only three remain unbeaten: Dinamo (W7 D1), Club Brugge KV (W5 D3) and Inter (W4 D4).

Club Brugge KV (BEL) v Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
• Beşiktaş triumphed 2-1 in Istanbul when the clubs locked horns in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage.
• Right-back Serdar Kurtuluş is the sole player in the current Beşiktaş squad who figured in the above victory. 
• Of the round of 16 contenders who began their campaigns in the group phase, Club Brugge and Napoli have the best defensive records with a mere three goals conceded in eight outings.

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ACF Fiorentina (ITA) v AS Roma (ITA)
• Fiorentina trainer Vincenzo Montella was on Roma's books for a decade until 2009, scoring 94 goals in 215 games and landing the 2000/01 Scudetto. He launched his coaching career with the Giallorossi too, on an interim basis in 2011.
• Roma took four points from their two league fixtures with the Viola this term, winning 2-0 on 30 August and drawing 1-1 in Florence on 25 January. Fiorentina gained some revenge in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, prevailing 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on 3 February.
• Montella aside, Fiorentina have Giallorossi connections in Rome-born Alberto Aquilani and fellow midfielder David Pizarro. Adem Ljajić left Fiorentina for Roma after three and a half seasons in August 2013.

Final ambassador Jerzy Dudek on the round of 16 draw

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