The draw for the first knockout stage of the Europa League has taken place with Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and Celta Vigo all involved.

Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao will face Cypriot side APOEL who topped their group ahead of Olympiakos and Young Boys Bern.

Celta Vigo were handed a tough assignment against Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donestk who were impressive in the group stages by winning all six of their games against Gent, Braga and Konyaspor, and have not lost in any competition since August.

Villarreal also did not get a favourable draw as they were tied with Serie A’s AS Roma who breezed into the next round of the competition as group winners.

The tournament has won by Sevilla in each of the last three seasons but they will not retain their trophy this year as they qualified for the last sixteen of the Champions League.

The first legs will be played on Thursday, 16 February, with the return legs on Thursday, 23 February.

Full draw:

Athletic Bilbao v Apoel FC

Legia Warsaw v Ajax

Anderlecht v Zenit St Petersburg

Astra Giurgiu v Genk

Manchester United v St Etienne

Villarreal v Roma

Ludogorets v FC Copenhagen

Celta Vigo v Shakhtar Donetsk

Olympiakos v Osmanlispor

Gent v Tottenham

FC Rostov v Sparta Prague

Krasnodar v Fenerbahce

Borussia Monchengladbach v Fiorentina

AZ Alkmaar v Lyon

Hapoel Beer Sheva v Besiktas

PAOK v Schalke