THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published — Friday 21 December 2012
Last update 21 December 2012 2:45 am
NYON, Switzerland: Champions League winner Chelsea was drawn to play Sparta Prague in the last 32 of the second-tier Europa League yesterday.
Zenit St. Petersburg, the 2008 UEFA Cup winner, will face Liverpool, and Tottenham will play Lyon.
Three-time winner Inter Milan was paired with Cluj, and Ajax plays Steaua Bucharest in a meeting of former European champions.
The draw included eight third-place teams from the Champions League groups, and 24, which advanced from Europa League groups.
First-leg matches are played on Feb. 14, and return games on Feb. 21.
UEFA also drew the last-16 pairings late yesterday.
Defending champions Atletico Madrid of Spain were drawn to play Russian side Rubin Kazan.
The games will be played on February 14 and 21.