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Man United And Spurs Learn Their Fate In The Europa League Knockout Stages

Gavin Cooney
By Gavin Cooney
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The draw for the Champions League Last 16 was made earlier, and if you've missed it, Arsenal have somehow managed to top their group and draw Bayern Munich. 

After a brief pause on behalf of UEFA in order to take down the Champions League branding in order to replace it with the garish orange of the Europa League, the governing body got round to doing the draw.

The 'Road to Cardiff' signs became 'Together to Stockholm', while Ruud Gullit, who did the draw for the Champions League, was replaced by Patrick Andersson, who once played for Bayern Munich.


The teams making the drop down from the Champions League were seeded, while those who came through the attrition of the group stages were unseeded.

United drew Saint-Etienne of France, whom they faced in the 1977 Cup Winners' Cup. Oddly, they hosted the second leg in Plymouth. United's hooligans went on the rampage in the first leg in France and the club were chucked out of the competition - only to be reinstated on appeal on condition that they played their home leg 200km from Old Trafford.

Spurs, meanwhile, drew Gent. Not to be confused with Genk.

Athletic Bilbao v Apoel Nicosia

Legia Warsaw v Ajax

Anderlecht v Zenit St Petersburg

FC Astra Giurgiu v Genk

Manchester United v Saint-Etienne

Villareal v Roma

Ludogorets v FC Copenhagen

Celta Vigo v Shaktar

Olympiakos v Osmanlispor

Gent v Spurs

FC Rostov v Sparta Prague

FC Krasnador v Fenerbache

Borussia Monchengladbach/A German Team v Fiorentina

AZ Alkmaar v Lyon

Hapoel Beer Sheva v Besiktas

PAOK v Schalke


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