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UEFA Europa League: Lyon Face Villarreal, Arsenal Up Against Östersund
Lyon has been drawn to face Villarreal in the First leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 32. The pair meets for the first time in the competition history.
The draw took place on Monday at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
Arsenal will travel to Sweden to play Östersund FK who qualified from a group featuring Athletic Bilbao and Hertha Berlin, finishing level on 11 points with Bilbao.
“Fantastic draw! I wanted to get a really big team. I think it’s really cool to be going home to England and meeting one of the best teams in the Premier League. Now we are really underdogs.” Östersund coach, Graham Peter said on meeting Arsenal.
Gatuso’s AC Milan will be hoping to overturn a poor season start as they travel to Bulgaria to play PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.
Celtic, who finished third in their Champions League group, will host the Russian club in the first leg.
Meanwhile, 2010 winners Atletico Madrid will play FC Copenhagen, Napoli face RB Leipzig and German club Borussia Dortmund play Italian side Atalanta, who defeated Everton twice in the group stage.
The first leg will be played on 15th of February, while the return legs will be played on 22 February 2018.
The Full Draw:
Dortmund VS Atalanta
Nice VS Lokomotiv Moskva
København VS Atlético
Spartak Moskva VS Athletic
AEK VS Dynamo Kyiv
Celtic VS Zenith
Napoli VS Leipzig
Crvena zvezda VS CSKA Moskva
Lyon VS Villarreal
Real Sociedad VS Salzburg
Partizan VS Plzeň
FCSB VS Lazio
Ludogorets VS AC Milan
Astana VS Sporting CP
Östersund FK VS Arsenal
Marseille VS Braga
Stade de Lyon, a venue for UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will stage the 2018 UEFA Europa League final.