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EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW: Arsenal face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 (See full fixtures and date)




EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW: Arsenal face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 (See full fixtures and date)

Seven-times European champions AC Milan will face Arsenal in the standout last-16 tie in the Europa League after the draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.

It will be the first time the two clubs have met since Milan won 4-3 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals in 2012 where they lost to Barcelona.

Spanish favourites Atletico Madrid take on Lokomotiv Moscow while Milan’s Serie A rivals Lazio will face Dinamo Kiev.

Borussia Dortmund, another club having to settle for Europe’s secondary club competition after falling out of the Champions League, face Austria’s FC Salzburg.

French club Olympique Lyonnais, whose ground will host the final, play CSKA Moscow while former European champions Olympique de Marseille face Athletic Bilbao.

The remaining two ties are RB Leipzig against Zenit St Petersburg and Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon versus Viktoria Plzen.

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW: Arsenal face AC Milan in Europa League last 16 (See full fixtures and date)

Although Milan, playing in Europe after a three-year absence, have improved under former player Gennaro Gattuso who has taken them on an 11-match unbeaten run, they are adrift in the race for Champions League places, lying seventh in Serie A.

Arsenal, who failed to qualify for the Champions League this season for the first time for 20 years, look unlikely to get back in via a top-four finish in the Premier League.

With a Champions League spot up for grabs for the Europa League winners, the clash between the two powerhouses takes on added significance.

The six previous matches between the sides have seen both win twice, Arsenal prevailing 3-0 in the most recent clash at The Emirates having lost 4-0 in the San Siro in the first leg of their 2012 Champions League tie.

Arsenal reached the last 16 despite losing 2-1 at home to Swedish club Ostersunds on Thursday. Milan beat Bulgarian side Ludogorets. --REUTERS

 The draw:


Lazio (ITA) v Dynamo Kiev (UKR)

RB Leipzig (GER) v Zenit Saint-Petersburg (RUS)

Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)

CSKA Moscow (RUS) v Lyon (FRA)

Marseille (FRA) v Athletic Bilbao (ESP)

Sporting Lisbon (POR) v Plzen (CZE)

Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Salzburg (AUT)

AC Milan (ITA) v Arsenal (ENG)

Matches to be played on 8 March and 15 March

Europa League calendar:


Quarter-final draw, March 16

Quarter-finals first leg, April 5

Quarter-finals second leg, April 12

Semi-finals draw, April 13

Semi-finals first leg, April 26



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