By FRANCO PANIZO
March Madness might garner a lot of attention stateside, but there is a European-based competition resuming that is worth some of the spotlight as well.
The UEFA Europa League is set continue on Thursday afternoon as the second legs of the Round of 16 are played, including Napoli’s home game against FC Porto. Napoli are down, 1-0, on aggregate after losing last week and will look to overturn that deficit at the intimidating Stadio San Paolo.
AZ Alkmaar are also holding a 1-0 advantage in their series after Aron Johannsson converted a penalty kick vs. Anzhi Makhachkala last Thursday, and they will try and protect that lead when they visit the Russian club. Johannsson is on a good run of form as of late, so Anzhi will need to be wary of him to avoid suffering elimination.
If you will be watching any of today’s matches, please feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play and analysis in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (full schedule after the jump).
1pm – Anzhi Makhachkala vs. AZ Alkmaar – DirecTV/Fox Soccer 2Go
2pm – Benfica vs. Tottenham – ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go
2pm – Valencia vs. Ludogorets – Fox Soccer 2Go/Fox Sports 2 USA
2pm – Firoentina vs. Juventus – ESPN Deportes/Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Soccer 2Go
2pm – Viktoria Pizen vs. Lyon – ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go
4:05pm – Napoli vs. FC Porto – ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go
4:05pm – SV Salzburg vs. FC Basel – DirecTV/Fox Soccer Plus/ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go
4:05pm – Real Betis vs. Sevilla – ESPN Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go