Liverpool handed tough Zenit draw

20 December 2012 09:24:09 EST

Liverpool will play the 2008 winners Zenit St Petersburg in the last 32 of the Europa League while Spurs face Lyon and Chelsea play Sparta Prague.

Newcastle United will have to prepare for a long trip to Ukraine as they have been drawn to face Metalist Kharkiv.

Zenit, 1212/1 to win this season's Europa League, beat Rangers 2-0 in the 2008 final, which was held in Manchester, and won the Russian League in the 2011-12 season, finishing two points clear of second-placed CSKA Moscow.

If Brendan Rodgers' side can beat Zenit, they will face either Basel or Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the last 16.

Meanwhile, Spurs, 1212/1 to win this season's Europa League, face a tricky tie after being drawn to face a Lyon side that finished fourth in the French League last term. They won seven successive domestic titles between 2002 and 2008 and have been Champions League regulars in the last decade.

Chelsea, having failed to qualify from a Champions League group that also included Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk, should progress in the Europa League after being drawn to play a Sparta Prague side that were runners-up to Slovan Liberec in the Czech League last term.

Newcastle's last-32 opponents, Metalist, came third in the Ukrainian League in the 2011-12 campaign.

Last 32:

BATE Borisov v Fenerbahce
Inter Milan v Cluj
Levante v Olympiacos
Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool
Dynamo Kyiv v Bordeaux
Bayer Leverkusen v Benfica
Newcastle United v Metalist Kharkiv
Stuttgart v Genk
Atletico Madrid v Rubin Kazan
Ajax v Steaua Bucharest
Basel v Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Anzhi Makhachkala v Hannover 96
Sparta Prague v Chelsea
Borussia Monchengladbach v Lazio
Tottenham Hotspur v Lyon
Napoli v Viktoria Plzen

Last 16:

Napoli/Viktoria Plzen v BATE Borisov/Fenerbahce
Bayer Leverkusen/Benfica v Dynamo Kyiv/Bordeaux
Anzhi Makhachkala/Hannover 96 v Newcastle United/Metalist Kharkiv
Stuttgart/Genk v Borussia Monchengladbach/Lazio
Tottenham Hotspur/Lyon v Inter Milan/Cluj
Levante/Olympiacos v Atletico Madrid/Rubin Kazan
Basel/Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v Zenit St Petersburg/Liverpool
Ajax/Steaua Bucharest v Sparta Prague/Chelsea

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