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Milan And Lazio Discover Europa League Opponents

Milan are drawn Olympiacos and Real Betis in their Europa League group, while Lazio get Kevin Strootman’s Olympique Marseille.

Milan and Lazio both qualified for the group stage automatically, although Atalanta’s playoff defeat to FC Copenhagen leaves the Rossoneri and Aquile as Italy’s only representatives in the competition.

Joining the Diavolo in Group F are Olympiacos, the former Greek champions who beat Premier League side Burnley in the playoffs, as well as Luxembourgish debutants Dudelange and Real Betis – back in Europe after five years away.

As for Lazio, they have been placed in Group H alongside Eintracht Frankfurt, Cypriot club Apollon Limassol and last season’s runners-up Marseille, who recently signed Kevin Strootman from the Aquile’s arch-rivals Roma.

The draw for the Europa League group stage also saw Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann crowned as the competition’s best player of 2017-18.

Europa League groups in full:

Group A: Bayer Leverkusen, Ludogorets, FC Zurich, AEK Larnaca

Group B: Red Bull Salzburg, Celtic, RB Leipzig, Rosenborg

Group C: Zenit St Petersburg, FC Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Slavia Prague

Group D: Anderlecht, Fenerbahce, Dinamo Zagreb, Spartak Trnava

Group E: Arsenal, Sporting CP, Qarabag, Vorskla

Group F: Olympiacos, Milan, Real Betis, Dudelange

Group G: Villarreal, Rapid Vienna, Spartak Moscow, Rangers

Group H: Lazio, Olympique Marseille, Eintracht Frankfurt, Apollon Limassol

Group I: Besiktas, Racing Genk, Malmo, Sarpsborg

Group J: Sevilla, Krasnodar, Standard Liege, Akhisar Belediyespor

Group K: Dynamo Kiev, Astana, Stade Rennais, Jablonec

Group L: Chelsea, PAOK, BATE Borisov, MOL Vidi