Arsenal face Rennes in Europa League final 16, Chelsea draw Dynamo Kiev – The Punch


Arsenal will face French facet Rennes within the final 16 of the Europa League, whereas Chelsea have been paired with Dynamo Kiev in Friday’s draw.

Each Premier League golf equipment have been initially drawn to be at dwelling within the first leg on Thursday, March 7.

Nevertheless, so as to keep away from two video games in London on the identical evening, Arsenal will now journey to France for the primary leg, earlier than internet hosting Rennes on the Emirates Stadium on March 14.

Arsenal’s draw signifies that their veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech will return to face the membership he represented for 2 seasons earlier than becoming a member of Chelsea in 2004.

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“When a goalkeeper makes the draw good issues occur,” tweeted Cech after former Sevilla ‘keeper Andres Palop carried out the draw at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland.

The Gunners overturned a 1-Zero first-leg deficit to qualify for the final 16 by beating BATE Borisov of Belarus 3-Zero on Thursday.

In the meantime, Rennes reached the final 16 for the primary time of their historical past with a nice 3-1 win away to Actual Betis in Spain, a outcome that gave them a 6-Four combination triumph.

The Brittany membership completed fifth in Ligue 1 final season and are presently in mid-table, however have impressed because the 38-year-old Julien Stephan was appointed as coach in December.

Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery — who received the Europa League three years operating as coach of Sevilla — is accustomed to Rennes from his two seasons in command of Paris Saint-Germain.

London rivals Chelsea, the opposite Premier League membership nonetheless within the competitors, may additionally view profitable the Europa League as their most certainly route into subsequent season’s Champions League.

After beating Swedish facet Malmo 5-1 on combination, they could discover the going more durable towards Ukrainian giants Dynamo although.

The golf equipment met within the group stage of the Champions League in 2015-16, drawing 0-Zero in Kiev earlier than Chelsea received 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Sevilla, who’ve received the trophy 5 occasions together with twice in its former guise because the UEFA Cup, will face Slavia Prague.

Extensively-fancied Napoli will tackle the Austrian champions Salzburg, who reached the semi-finals final season.

Former European Cup finalists and UEFA Cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt have been drawn towards Inter Milan, who received the UEFA Cup 3 times within the 1990s.

Benfica face Dinamo Zagreb, whereas Valencia’s reward for knocking out Celtic is a tie towards FC Krasnodar of Russia.

That’s certainly one of two ties between Russian and Spanish sides, with Zenit Saint Petersburg drawn towards Villarreal.

The ultimate of this season’s Europa League will likely be performed in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on Might 29.

(AFP)

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