WION Web Team Paris, France
Feb 23, 2018, 04.24 PM
The official draw for round of 16 of UEFA Europa League is out as the second Leg was concluded on Thursday but with some bittersweet memories. A lot of things happened in the Leg 2 of the round of 32. On one hand, some mediocre clubs fought their ways back and entered last 16 but on the other hand, one Basque police officer died on Thursday as security forces clashed with fans of Russian club Spartak Moscow in the Spanish city of Bilbao. Arsenal, the north London giants survived entry to Leg 2 because of a 4-2 win on aggregate despite 2-1 second-leg defeat by Ostersunds. The Swedish club displayed a quality run and gave a tough fight Arsenal. Here is the result of draw:
Lazio VS Dynamo Kyiv
RB Leipzig VS Zenit Saint-Petersburg
Atletico Madrid VS Lokomotiv Moscow
Lyon VS CSKA Moscow
Athletic Club VS Marseille
Sporting CP VS Plzen
Borussia Dortmund VS Salzburg
Arsenal VS AC Milan
Arsenal, the last surviving British club, on Friday drew seven-time European champion AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Arsenal struggled to overcome Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last round, being booed off by their fans at the Emirates after losing 2-1 on Thursday but going through 4-2 win on aggregate.
Atletico Madrid and French striker Antoine Griezmann were paired with Lokomotiv Moscow.
Bilbao will face 1993 European champions Marseille for the matches on March 8 and 15.
Another French side, Lyon, must overcome CSKA Moscow to keep alive their hopes of appearing in the final which will be played at their own stadium on May 16.
Lyon were comfortable 4-1 aggregate winners over Villarreal in the round of 32 and former club stalwart Bernard Lacombe welcomed the draw which sees the second leg played in France.
"We qualified well against Villarreal, who is a good club. Obviously, it would be fantastic to play in our own stadium (in the final) but there are high-level opponents left in the competition and we have to respect that," he told beIN Sports.
RB Leipzig, who dropped into the competition after being eliminated from the Champions League, will play Zenit Saint-Petersburg, who won the Europa League in 2008.
Borussia Dortmund meanwhile faces potentially the weakest team in the last 16, Czech side Plzen.