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Chelsea drawn to play Sparta Prague in Europa League last 32; Zenit faces Liverpool

Chelsea FC's Fernando Torres controls the ball against Corinthians during the final of the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

NYON, Switzerland – Champions League winner Chelsea was drawn to play Sparta Prague in the last 32 of the second-tier Europa League on Thursday.

Zenit St. Petersburg, the 2008 UEFA Cup winner, will face Liverpool, and Tottenham will play Lyon.

Three-time winner Inter Milan was paired with Cluj, and Ajax plays Steaua Bucharest in a meeting of former European champions.

The draw included eight third-place teams from the Champions League groups, and 24 which advanced from Europa League groups.

First-leg matches are played on Feb. 14, and return games on Feb. 21.

UEFA also drew the last-16 pairings late Thursday.