Europa League draw: Seven-time European champions A.C. Milan in groups with Celtic, Sparta Prague, Lily

Europa League Draw: Seven-time European champions AC Milan placed in group with Celtic, Sparta Prague, Lille

AC Milan, who last won the Champions League in 2007, are among the third-ranked teams. Scottish champions Celtic were the top ranked team.

AC Milan have qualified for the Europa League main competition on penalties. A.P.

Geneva: Seven-time European champion A.C. Milan drew with Europa League Group H Celtic, Sparta Prague and Lille on Friday.

Milan were the last of the 48 teams to reach the group stage after a wild, 24-penalty shootout in Portugal against Rio Ave.

In a rain-soaked shootout, three Rio Ave players failed to reach the penalty spot to win the match. Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donaruma later made a decisive save that led to the victory.

Milan, who last won the Champions League in 2007, are among the third-ranked teams. Scottish champions Celtic were the top ranked team.

Arsenal, runners-up in the Europa League in 2019, are the highest ranked team in the competition and were grouped with Rapid Vienna, Molde and Dundalk. North London rivals Tottenham will face LASK, Ludogorets Razgrad and Royal Antwerp.

Roma are the top-ranked team in the group of two clubs that started the season in the Champions League – Young Boys and Claus. CSKA Sophia is also in that group.

Spanish club Villarreal are facing the most demanding travel terms, facing Azeri club Kurba, Israeli team Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Turkish club Sivaspor.

The group stage begins October 22 and runs through December 10. The UEFA said last week that games postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic could be resumed by January 28.

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Games can be sent to a neutral country if a virus case or travel restrictions prevent the home team from taking the host or distant team to the actual location. Domestic fans can participate in up to 30% of the stadium’s capacity with the approval of domestic public authorities, the UEFA said on Thursday. Distant teams will not receive a ticket.

Prior to the draw at UEFA headquarters, Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku was named Europa League Player of the Year last season. Lukaku scored seven goals in six matches, including a 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in the final.

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