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Barcelona and Napoli meet in crunch Europa League draw



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thursday 17 february

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Barcelona and Napoli would both prefer to compete in the Champions League, but will clash in the last 16 of the Europa League after both received a tough draw. More details on www.soccer6.co.za

M1 APOEL Nicosia vs Anorthosis Famagusta: Anorthosis are unbeaten in their last seven games against APOEL in both league and cup competition in Cyprus.

M2 Barcelona vs Napoli: Barcelona find themselves in uncharted territory as they make their UEFA Europa League debut against Napoli, who appear for a record-matching ninth time in the knockout stages of the competition.

M3 Borussia Dortmund vs Rangers: Rangers have had the upper hand in previous encounters between the clubs, winning three of Dortmund’s eight matches, although the Bundesliga’s lone win came in the most recent encounter.

M4 Fenerbahce vs Slavia Prague: Fenerbahçe finished third in Europa League Group D, while Slavia, who played in all three European club competitions this season, came in second through their Europa Conference League section

M5 FC Midtjylland vs PAOK Saloniki: Midtjylland and PAOK meet for the first time in European competition as they face each other in the knockout round of the Europa Conference League.

M6 PSV Eindhoven vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: PSV are four matches unbeaten against Israeli opposition. Maccabi has a positive record of three wins, one draw and two defeats against Dutch clubs.

M7 Rapid Vienna vs Vitesse: Rapid took third place in Europa League Group H with a 1-0 win over Genk. Vitesse was second to Rennes in the UEFA Europa Conference League Group G with 10 points.

M8 Sheriff Tiraspol vs Sporting Braga: Sheriff defeated Real Madrid in their Champions League group but finished third to withdraw to the Europa League. Braga is playing in the European club competition for the 17th time in 18 years.

M9 Zenit Saint Petersburg vs Real Betis: Russian champion Zenit appears for the seventh time in the knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League to host Real Betis, one of two clubs from Seville and four from Spain participating in the play- knockout round offs.

M10 Porto vs Lazio: This is only the second time the clubs have come together in the UEFA competition. The first was in the semi-finals of the 2002–03 UEFA Cup, when Porto beat Jose Mourinho against Roberto Mancini’s Lazio.

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