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Europa League draw as it happened

Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle and Liverpool in the draw for the last 32

  • Draw for the Europa League...

    Napoli or Viktoria Plzen v BATE Borisov or Fenerbache

    Leverkusen or Benfica v Dynamo Kiev or Bordeaux

    Anzhi Makhachkala or Hannover v Newcastle or Metalist

    Stuttgart or Genk v Monchengladbach or Lazio

    Tottenham or Lyon v Inter Milan or Cluj

    Levante or Olympiakos v Atletico Madrid or Rubin Kazan

    Basel or Dniprov v Zenit St Petersburg or Liverpool

    Ajax or Steaua Bucharest v Sparta Prague or Chelsea

    Click here to see all the teams and seedings for today's draw

    Which British team will advance furthest? Take part in our poll
    12/20/2012 12:40:25 PM
  • There are two pots at this stage of the competition. In pot one go the 12 group winners (including Liverpool) and the four best-performing Champions League sides. They will face, away leg first, the remaining 12 runners up from the group stage (Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur) and the other four Champions League sides. At the last-32 stage, no side can play a team that they faced in the Europa League group stage or one from their own country.

    For Chelsea they could face Madrid, but it will be Atletico. They could face Milan, but it will be Internazionale. Bayer Leverkusen, Zenit St Petersburg and Ajax are also potential opponents. Liverpool could end up, among others, with either Inter or Napoli, who boast the tournament's top scorer in Edinson Cavani.

    Newcastle would probably prefer to avoid any of the fallen Champions League teams – Olympiakos, Benfica or Cluj. Those three are potential opponents for Tottenham as well, but at least the Spurs manager, Andre Villas-Boas, knows that, unlike Alan Pardew, he will not be running the risk of Lazio being drawn against his side today.
    12/20/2012 12:39:15 PM
  • Seeded teams (12 group winners + four best Champions League drop-outs):

    Liverpool, Viktoria Plzen, Fenerbahce, Bordeaux, Steaua Bucharest, Dnipro, Genk, Rubin Kazan, Lyons, Lazio, Metalist Kharkiv, Hannover, Chelsea, CFR Cluj, Olympiakos, Benfica.

    Unseeded teams (12 group runners-up + four worst drop-outs):

    Anzhi Makhachkala, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Newcastle, Stuttgart, Napoli, Basle, Internazionale, Sparta Prague, Tottenham, Bayer Leverkusen, Levante, Zenit St Petersburg, BATE Borisov, Dynamo Kiev, Ajax.
    12/20/2012 12:40:33 PM
  • Zenit fans might have already prepared a letter to request Liverpool not to wear black kit
  • Spurs fan and I'm well pleased with the draw, get Lyon and Inter out the way. Nice one.
    12/20/2012 2:00:03 PM
  • 12/20/2012 2:30:44 PM
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