Quietly slipping into second gear, the Europa League moved into its last 16 stage last night, as interest begins to peak.
Shock of the last round probably goes to Viktoria Plzen who destroyed Napoli—second in Italy's Serie A—5-0 on aggregate over the two legs.
Liverpool fell short of a remarkable turnaround against Zenit St Petersburg, but Steaua Bucharest managed to overcome a 2-0 first leg defeat to beat Ajax on penalties.
The constituents of the next round are made up of 11 different nations: England and Russia boast three representatives, Italy two and no other country more than one.
Each side already knows who they will face in the next round, so that will play some part in the following rankings...