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Europa League last 16: LaLiga clubs handed favourable draw

LaLiga trio Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal all avoided the biggest clubs in Friday lunchtime's draw for the Europa League last 16 in Nyon.

Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 Draw - Nyon, Switzerland - February 22, 2019   General view of the Europa League trophy before the draw   REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The three LaLiga clubs left in the 2018/19 Europa League all avoided the biggest names in the hat in Friday's last-16 draw at UEFA headquarters.

With the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli in the pot in Nyon, all three Spanish representatives faced the possibility of a tie against a side among the favourites to lift the trophy in Baku on 29 May.

Sevilla draw Slavia Prague in last 16

However, five-time winners Sevilla - who are chasing a fourth Europa League triumph in six years - were handed a clash with Czechs Slavia Prague.

Valencia, Villarreal both given Russian tests

Meanwhile, Valencia and Villarreal will both face Russian opposition, having been paired with Krasnodar and Zenit St Petersburg, respectively.

Former Sevilla player Andrés Palop draws the LaLiga club out of the hat in Friday's draw.
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Former Sevilla player Andrés Palop draws the LaLiga club out of the hat in Friday's draw.FABRICE COFFRINIAFP

The last-16 ties are scheduled to be played on 7 and 14 March.

2018/19 Europa League last-16 draw in full*:

Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Inter Milan

Dinamo Zagreb vs Benfica

Napoli vs RB Salzburg

Valencia vs Krasnodar

Sevilla vs Slavia Prague

Arsenal vs Rennes

Zenit St Petersburg vs Villarreal

*First team in each tie at home in the opening leg.

Europa League last-16 draw: as it happened

Europa League last-16 draw: preview

The three remaining LaLiga clubs in the 2018/19 Europa League are to learn the identity of their next opponents in this lunchtime's last-16 draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

LaLiga dominates last-16 hat

After seeing off Lazio, Celtic and Sporting CP, respectively, Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal all take their place in a hat in which Spain has more representatives than any other league.

Also in the last-16 pot are: Arsenal (ENG), Benfica (POR), Chelsea (ENG), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), Dynamo Kiev (UKR), Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) Inter Milan (ITA), Krasnodar (RUS), Napoli (ITA), RB Salzburg (AUT), Rennes (FRA), Slavia Prague (CZE), Zenit St Petersburg (RUS).

Open draw in Switzerland

Due to get underway at 13:00 CET, the draw will be unseeded and will feature no country protection - other than UEFA's decision to keep Russian and Ukrainian sides apart.


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