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Europa League last 16 draw in full: Arsenal and Chelsea both face second leg trips but avoid giant ties

Arsenal and Chelsea have both been drawn at home in the first legs of their Europa League last 16 ties.

Chelsea will take on Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv while Arsenal face French team Stade Rennais. Both London clubs will play their first legs at home on Thursday, March 7 and face their trips to the continent a week later on Thursday, March 14.

Arsenal progressed from the round of 32 with a 3-1 aggregate win over BATE Borisov, overturning a first-leg loss in Belarus with a 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

Chelsea, meanwhile, defeated Malmo, winning the second leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to add to a 2-1 away triumph in Sweden.

Both clubs will be pleased to have avoided the other European giants among the bookies' favourites to win the tournament with the likes of Valencia, Sevilla and Napoli still in the draw.

Friday's draw was not protected by any seeding, but teams from Russia and Ukraine were kept apart. Dynamo Kiev were first out and drew Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany were paired with Serie A side Inter Milan, Dinamo Zagreb will play Portuguese outfit Benfica, while Napoli tackle Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg.

Valencia, who knocked out Celtic, have been pitted against Russian club Krasnodar, while former winners Sevilla face Slavia Prague and Zenit St Petersburg play Villarreal.

The final is due to be played in Baku on Wednesday, May 29.

Europa League round of 16 draw in full

Chelsea v Dinamo Kyiv

Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter Milan

Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica

Napoli v Salzburg

Valencia v Krasnodar

Sevilla v Slavia Prague

Arsenal v Stade Rennais

Zenit v Villarreal

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