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Chelsea land Sparta Prague, Tottenham paired with Lyon in Europa League Round of 32 draw


The draw for the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 was completed on Thursday, and there are quality matches aplenty.

Chelsea-Sparta Prague, Zenit St Petersburg-Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen-Benfica are just some of the marquee games set to take place in the first round of the knockout phase of the competition. Other intriguing matches that came as a result of Thursday’s draw include Atletico Madrid-Rubin Kazan and Borussia Moenchengladbach-Lazio.

As for the Americans Abroad contingent, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 will take on Samuel Eto’o and Anzhi Makhachkala while Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham will face Lyon.

Here is the full list of all the Round of 32 games:

BATE Borisov v Fenerbahce

Inter Milan v CFR Cluj

Levante v Olympiakos

Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool

Dynamo Kiev v Bordeaux

Bayer Leverkusen v Benfica

Newcastle United v Metalist Kharkiv

VfB Stuttgart v Genk

Atletico Madrid v Rubin Kazan

Ajax v Steaua Bucuresti

FC Basel v Dnipro

Anzhi Makhachkala v Hannover

Sparta Prague v Chelsea

Borussia Moenchengladbach v Lazio

Tottenham v Lyon

Napoli v Viktoria Pizen


What do you think of these matches? Which are you looking forward to the most? Which big team do you see failing to move on from this round?

Share your thoughts below.

    • The Imperative Voice

      Is Lloris allowed to celebrate if he plays and saves a shot? [You know, if former players are in etiquette not supposed to celebrate goals against old teams, what about GKs?]

      Far as Tottenham goes, how the heck do you get handed this roster and you are in 4th in the EPL and had 4 draws in the group stage? They have 3 of the better GKs in Europe….Friedel, Lloris, and Gomes….AVB is brutal.


  • sly

    Depends on the transfer market but Liverpool vs Zenit. Great match up could go either way. Only if Hulk stays.

    Im a ljLiverpool fan so whoever they play is all good but what a game. So excited.


    • The Imperative Voice

      The Zenit one actually looks like trouble to me….enthusiastic English fans….a Russian fanbase that won’t like the Reds’ multiculti roster….


      • Eurosnob

        Evra is wondering if Suarez will join the Russian fanbase in their chants?


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