Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Chelsea was drawn to play Sparta Prague in the round of 32 in soccer’s Europa League.
The winner of that matchup will play Ajax or Steaua Bucharest in the round of 16.
Chelsea won the elite Champions League in May but this month became the first winner to be eliminated in the next season’s group stage.
Today’s televised draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland, where European soccer’s governing body is based.
Round of 32: BATE Borisov vs Fenerbahce Inter Milan vs Cluj Levante vs Olympiacos Zenit St. Petersburg vs Liverpool Dynamo Kiev vs Bordeaux Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica Newcastle vs Metalist Kharkiv Stuttgart vs Genk Atletico Madrid vs Rubin Kazan Ajax vs Steaua Bucharest Basel vs Dnipropetrovsk Anzhi Makhachkala vs Hannover Sparta Prague vs Chelsea Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Lazio Tottenham vs Lyon Napoli vs Viktoria Plzen Round of 16: Napoli/Plzen vs BATE/Fenerbahce Bayer Leverkusen/Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev/Bordeaux Anzhi Makhachkala/Hannover vs Newcastle/Metalist Kharkiv Stuttgart/Genk vs Borussia Moenchengladbach/Lazio Tottenham/Lyon vs Inter Milan/Cluj Levante/Olympiacos vs Atletico Madrid/Rubin Kazan Basle/Dnipropetrovsk vs Zenit St Petersburg/Liverpool Ajax/Steaua Bucharest vs Sparta Prague/Chelsea
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