AC Milan, Arsenal learn Europa League group-stage opponents

August 26, 2017
Arsenal players pose with the trophy after winning the English Community Shield football match recently. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

 

MONACO (AP):

Seven-time European champion AC Milan's bid for a first Europa League title continues in a group with Austria Vienna, Croatian champion Rijeka and AEK Athens.

Milan return to UEFA competitions after a three-year absence, and avoided long travel for Thursday games that lurk in the 48-team draw.

Arsenal, however, will go to Belarus to face BATE Borisov, and also play Cologne and Red Star Belgrade. A

Arsene Wenger's team last played in the second-tier competition in 2000 when it was UEFA Cup runner-up.

Tough groups included the pool of Lyon, Everton, Atalanta and Apollon Limassol, and top-seeded Lazio with Nice, Zulte Waregem and Vitesse.

Zenit St Petersburg, the 2008 UEFA Cup winner, were grouped with Real Sociedad, Rosenborg which eliminated Ajax in the play-offs on Thursday - and Vardar of Macedonia.

The top two teams in each group advance to a Round of 32, which include eight third-place teams from Champions League groups.

Games kick off September 14, and Lyon host the final on May 16.

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