The German Bundesliga’s four representatives in the last 32 of the Europa League have been handed tough ties in the next round after the draw was made on Thursday.
VfB Stuttgart will be considered Germany’s best chance of progression into the next round when they face Belgian Pro League club KRC Genk. Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hannover 96 were all handed much sterner tests.
Bayer Leverkusen are the only Bundesliga side who will face a Champions League drop out in the next round. The Werkself have been pitted against Portuguese giants SL Benfica who finished third in their group, behind FC Barcelona and Glasgow Celtic.
Bundesliga and Germany legend Miroslav Klose will be coming back to Germany in the round of the last 32 as his Lazio side were drawn to face Lucien Favre’s Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Hannover 96 are to face current Russian Premier League leaders and wealthy spending Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Europa League round of 32 draw in full:
FC BATE Borisov vs Fenerbahce
Internazionale vs CFR Cluj
Levante vs Olympiacos
Zenit St Petersburg vs Liverpool
Dynamo Kyiv vs Bordeaux
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs SL Benfica
Newcastle United vs Metalist Kharkiv
VfB Stuttgart vs KRC Genk
Atletico Madrid vs Rubin Kazan
Ajax vs Steaua Bucharest
FC Basel vs Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Anzhi Makhachkala vs Hannover 96
Sparta Prague vs Chelsea
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Lazio
Tottenham Hotspur vs Olympique Lyonnais
Napoli vs Viktoria Plzen
Round of 16:
Napoli/Viktoria Plzen vs BATE Borisov/Fenerbahce
Bayer Leverkusen/Benfica vs Dynamo Kyiv/Bordeaux
Anzhi Makhachkala/Hannover 96 vs Newcastle/Metalist Kharkiv
VfB Stuttgart/KRC Genk vs Borussia Mönchengladbach/Lazio
Tottenham Hotspur/Olympique Lyonnais vs Internazionale/CFR Cluj
Levante/Olympiakos vs Atletico Madrid/Rubin Kazan
FC Basel/Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk vs Zenit St Petersburg/Liverpool
Ajax/Steaua Bucharest vs Sparta Prague/Chelsea