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Spurs draw Dnipro in Europa; Juventus heads back to Turkey

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The Canadian Press
12/16/2013 9:36:03 AM
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NYON, Switzerland -- Tottenham will face Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the last 32 of the Europa League without the coach who led the team to an unbeaten record in the group stage.

Tottenham was drawn against the Ukrainian side on Monday, an hour after Andre Villas-Boas was fired as manager following a 5-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League. Dnipro is coached by Juande Ramos, who was also fired by Tottenham, in 2008.

After its controversial Champions League exit in Turkey, Juventus will again travel there for the second leg against Trabzonspor.

Juve dropped down to the Europa League after losing 1-0 to Galatasaray in atrocious weather and pitch conditions in a match that was suspended and later completed almost 18 hours after it kicked off. The loss left the Italian side last in in its Champions League group.

"I'm not very happy about going back to Turkey, it didn't go well for us recently," Juve director Pavel Nedved said. "It will be a long and hard trip. We will have to find the right motivation to approach the game as Juventus should."

One incentive for Juventus is that the May 14 final will be played in its home stadium in Turin.

Napoli, which also dropped out of the Champions League, was drawn to play away first against Premier League side Swansea.

Viktoria Plzen plays Shakhtar Donetsk in a pairing of teams which started the season in the Champions League.

Porto, which won the 2011 Europa League with Villas-Boas as coach, will play Eintracht Frankfurt.

Dynamo Kyiv hosts Valencia, the 2004 winner. Sevilla, which won in 2006 and '07, is away to Maribor.

First-leg matches are played Feb. 20, with return legs on Feb. 27.

UEFA also drew the last-16 pairings which will be played in March.

Juventus can potentially face Serie A rival Fiorentina, Sevilla could play fellow La Liga club Real Betis, and Tottenham could face Benfica.

Andros Townsend (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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