Champions League

Chelsea to face Malmo in Europa League last 32

2018-12-17 19:53
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Nyon - Former champions Chelsea will face Malmo in the last 32 of the Europa League while Arsenal will lock horns again with BATE Borisov.

The two sides met in the Europa League last season, the Gunners hammering the Belarussian side 6-0 at the Emirates.

Five-time champions Sevilla, currently second in La Liga, face a difficult tie against Lazio, beaten finalists in this competition in 1998, who are fifth in Serie A.

The 2004 champions Valencia will have to overcome Celtic if they are to progress to the round of 16 for the first time in three years.

The Scottish side's coach Brendan Rogers says he has been impressed by the Spanish club in Europe this season after they finished third in a Champions League group including Manchester United and Juventus.

"I saw them this season against Manchester United, I thought when they played at Old Trafford they played like a typical Spanish team, technically very good and they have some very good players," he said.

"We have the first game at home and we would like to bring some sort of advantage into the second leg," the Northern Irishman added.

Another Spanish side Villarreal, currently hovering just above the Liga relegation zone, face an Iberian battle when they take on Sporting.

Napoli, demoted to the Europa League after they were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage, face Zurich.

Portuguese giants Benfica, three times runners-up, tackle Turkish side Galatasaray, UEFA Cup winners in 2000, and Inter Milan, another team who failed to progress to the Champions League knockout stage, will play Rapid Vienna.

The ties will take place on February 12-14 and February 20-21.

Full draw for the Europa League last 32 on Monday:

Rennes v Betis 

BATE Borisov v Arsenal

Malmo v Chelsea 

Viktoria Plzen v Dinamo Zagreb

Club Brugge v Salzburg

Rapid Vienna v Inter Milan

Slavia Prague v Genk

Krasnodar v Bayer Leverkusen

Zurich v Napoli

Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt

Celtic v Valencia

Olympiakos v Dynamo Kiev

Lazio v Sevilla

Fenerbahce v Zenit Saint Petersburg

Sporting Lisbon v Villarreal

Galatasaray v Benfica

First legs to be played February 14 with return legs on February 21

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