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Champions League and Europa League Draw - As it happened
Published : 16 Dec 2011 16:44:45Rss feed
Lets have a recap on todays European draw as English clubs found out their fate in the next stages of the Champions League and Europa League.
10:20: There are five English teams in todays European draw.
Chelsea and Arsenal await to find out who they will face in the Champions League, meanwhile Stoke and the two Manchester clubs will so find out their fate in the Europa League.
10:23: Who will the English clubs hope to face? Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has already stated that he would like to avoid AC Milan.
10:27: Chelsea can play Napoli, CSKA Moscow, Basel, Lyon, Marseille, Zenit St Petersburg, or AC Milan. Last season, they reached the quarter-finals. This is their 10th straight season in the competition and their best finish is runners-up.
10:28: Arsenal can play Napoli, CSKA Moscow, Basel, Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Zenit St Petersburg or AC Milan. They reached the last 16 in 2010 and this is their 14th straight season in the Champions League, with a best finish as runners-up.
10:55: The lineup contains seven past European Cup winners as well as four teams new to the knockout stage. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Marseille and Benfica have all lifted the trophy, while Basel, Napoli, Zenit St Petersburg and Apoelhave never been so far. In fact, Apoel are the first Cypriot representatives to reach this phase.
11:16: Here we go:
Lyon vs Apoel FC
Napoli vs Chelsea
AC Milan vs Arsenal
FC Basel vs Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen vs Barcelona
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Benfica
Marseille vs Inter Milan
11:29: And that concludes the 2011-12 Champions League last-16 draw. Lyon v Apoel, Napoli v Chelsea, AC Milan v Arsenal, Basel v Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona, CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg v Benfica, Marseille v Benfica.
Strong opponents for both Arsenal and Chelsea, two big Italian clubs that certainly wont be easy fixtures for the London clubs.
11:40: The Europa League draw is expected just after 12:00, stay tuned to see the draw as it happens.
Europa League draw:
Porto vs Man City
Ajax vs Man United
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Athletic Bilbao
FC Salzburg vs Metalist Kharkiv
Stoke City vs Valencia
Rubin Kazan vs Olympiakos
AZ Alkmaar vs Anderlecht
Lazio vs Athletico Madrid
Steaua Bucharest vs FC Twente
Viktoria Plzen vs Schalke 04
Wisla Krakow vs Standard Liege
FC Braga vs Besiktas
Udinese vs Paok
Braga vs Besiktas
Trabzonspor vs PSV
Hannover vs Brugge
Legia Warsaw vs Sporting Lisbon
Once again the three English clubs have come across tough opponents, both Manchester clubs will face the top sides from Portugal and Holland, Porto and Ajax.
Stoke City will face Spanish giants Valencia, who finished behind Chelsea in their Champions League group.
14:11: Who will play who in the following round?
SV Salzburg/Metalist v Rubin K/Olympiakos
Legia W/Sporting v Porto/Man City
Steaua/Twente v Plzen/Schalke
Wisla K/Standard L v Hannover/Club Brugge
Stoke/Valencia v Trabzonspor/PSV
Az Alkmaar/Andrelecht v Udinese/PAOK
Lazio/Atletico M v SC Braga/Besiktas
Ajax/Man Utd v Lokomotiv M/Ahtletic B
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