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neon: The draw for the group stage of the European Football League (Europa League) competition for the 2020-2021 season, which was withdrawn Friday at the headquarters of the Confederation of the World Football Association (WEFA) in Nyon, Switzerland, resulted in easy and difficult confrontations for the English teams against Naples and Milan, the Italians.
Napoli will be drawn in Group F alongside Real Sociedad, Spain’s Alkmaar and Croatian Rijeka, while Milan will have to face Scottish Celtic, French Lille and Sparta Prague in Group H competitions.
Milan, the seven-time Champions League holder, narrowly qualified it Thursday to the group stage after winning a penalty shootout 9-8 over Portuguese Rio, after they tied 1-1 in normal time and 2-2 in extra time, knowing that the second equalizer for the Italian team came in Minute 120 + 2 from a penalty kick through Turkish Hakan Jalhanoglu.
The English trio, Arsenal, Leicester and Tottenham, were more fortunate, as they fell into groups considered relatively easy.
Arsenal signed with Austrian Rapid Vienna, born of the Norwegian and Dundalk of Ireland, while Tottenham will meet with Bulgarian Ludogorets, Austrian Lusk Linz and Antwerp of Belgium, and Leicester face Portuguese Braga, Greek Ike Athena and Zoria Luhansk of Ukraine.
At the level of Spanish clubs, Villarreal’s group can be described as easy and the newcomer Granada is balanced, as the latter came in the fifth group with Eindhoven of the Netherlands, Pauke, Greece, and Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus, while Villarreal will play with Karabakh Azerbaijan, the Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv and Turkish Sivaspor in the ninth group.
The drawing of the lottery began with the announcement of the Belgian star Romelu Lukaku in the Italian team Inter Milan as the best player in the last year’s edition of the competition after leading his team to the final match, before losing 2-3 to Sevilla.
Lukaku played a distinguished season with the “Niratsuri”, as he scored 34 goals in all competitions, including seven in the European competition. His 23 domestic goals also contributed to Inter’s securing second place in the Italian league, just one point behind Juventus, the defending champion in the past nine seasons.
Lukaku competed for the title with Manchester United’s Portuguese player, Bruno Fernandes, who is currently the top scorer of the competition with eight goals, and Argentine Ever Banega, title holder with the Spanish team.
Lukaku got 270 points, compared to 128 for Fernandes and 118 for Banega.
The group stage draw came as follows:
– Group A: Roma of Italy, Young Boys of Switzerland, Cluj of Romania, Ceska Sofia of Bulgaria
Group Two: English Arsenal, Austrian Rapid Vienna, Moldy The Norwegian, Irish Dundalk
Group C: Bayer Leverkusen, Czech Republic, Slavia Prague, Hapoel Beersheba, Israel, Nice, France.
Group D: Benfica of Portugal, Belgian Standard Liege, Rangers of Scotland, Lech Poznan of Poland
Group E: Dutch Eindhoven, Greek PAOK, Granada of Spain, Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus
Group F: Italian Napoli, Real Sociedad, Dutch Alkmaar, and Croatian Rijeka
Group G: Braga of Portugal, Leicester City of England, AEK Athens of Greece, Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine.
Group H: Celtic, Sparta Prague, Czech Republic, Milan, Italy, Lille, France
– Group Nine: Villarreal of Spain, Karabakh of Azerbaijan, Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel, Sivaspor of Turkey
Group Ten: English Tottenham, Bulgarian Ludogorets, Austria’s Lask Linz, Belgium’s Antwerp
Group Eleven: Russian CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Zagreb of Croatia, Dutch Feyenoord, Austrian Wolfsburg.
– Group 12: The Belgian sang, the Serbian Red Star, the German Hoffenheim, and the Czech Slovan Liberec
The first round will be held on October 22, the second on the 29th, the third on the fifth of November, the fourth on the 26th, the fifth on the third of December and the sixth on the tenth.