Chelsea to face Dynamo Kiev in Europa League last 16

Chelsea to face Dynamo Kiev in Europa League last 16

The two Premier League sides still in the Europa League were handed home games in the first leg of their respective last-16 ties, with Chelsea to face Dynamo Kiev and Arsenal up against Rennes after the draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.

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REUTERS: Chelsea will face Dynamo Kiev at home in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie, while London rivals Arsenal will travel to Rennes following Friday's draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

Both Premier League teams were initially handed home ties after the draw, but Arsenal subsequently confirmed they would play their first leg away to avoid UEFA's city-clash rule.

UEFA rules governing European competition allow for ties to be rearranged if more than one club from a particular city is taking part, to prevent multiple games being held in the same city at the same time.

Chelsea, who won the Europa League in 2013, beat Malmo 5-1 on aggregate in the last round while Arsenal triumphed 3-1 over BATE Borisov over two legs.

Italy's Inter Milan are at Eintracht Frankfurt in their first leg, while Dinamo Zagreb host Portugal's Benfica, with Napoli taking on Austria's FC Salzburg.

Friday's draw was not protected by seeding, but teams from Russia and Ukraine were kept apart.

Russian side Krasnodar travel to Valencia for their first leg, while Zenit St Petersburg have also been drawn against Spanish opposition and host La Liga strugglers Villareal.

Sevilla, the third Spanish side still in this year's competition, have been drawn against Slavia Prague.

The first legs of the last-16 ties will be held on March 7 with the reverse fixtures scheduled for March 14.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Pritha Sarkar)

Source: Reuters

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