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Published: 0252 GMT August 31, 2018

2018 finalist Marseille drawn with Lazio, Frankfurt in Europa League

2018 finalist Marseille drawn with Lazio, Frankfurt in Europa League

Marseille, last season's beaten Europa League finalist, was drawn with Lazio and Eintracht Frankfurt in a strong Europa League group on Friday.

Arsenal was handed a seemingly easier task against Sporting Lisbon, Azerbaijani club Qarabag and Vorskla of Ukraine, AFP wrote.

The other English club in Europe's second-tier competition, Chelsea, will play PAOK Salonika, BATE Borisov from Belarus and Hungarians Vidi.

Scottish champion Celtic is in a group that includes the two Red Bull-owned clubs — Salzburg, a beaten semifinalist last season, and Leipzig — as well as Rosenborg of Norway.

Rangers, a fourth seed, faces a tough task progressing on its return to Europe against Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow.

Dudelange, the first club from Luxembourg to reach the group stage of the competition, was handed a trip to the San Siro to play AC Milan, which has won eight European trophies, and will also face Real Betis and Olympiakos.

Antoine Griezmann, who scored twice in last season's final as Atletico Madrid beat Marseille 3-0, was named the Europa League player of last season.

Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France, also finished fourth in the UEFA player of the season award announced on Thursday and won by Croatian Luka Modric, a winner in the Champions League final and runner-up in the World Cup.

The first round of matches will be played on Thursday, September 20.


Resource: AFP
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