Europa League last 16: Brighton land Roma as Liverpool get Sparta Prague

<span>A screen at Uefa headquarters shows the draw from the Europa League last 16.</span><span>Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images</span>
A screen at Uefa headquarters shows the draw from the Europa League last 16.Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool will face Sparta Prague in the last 16 of the Europa League, while Brighton face another glamour tie against Roma.

Liverpool travel to the Czech capital for a first leg on 7 March, before a return at Anfield a week later in a competition Liverpool have won three times.

Brighton’s maiden European campaign takes them to the Italian capital after they topped Group B containing Marseille, Ajax and AEK Athens.

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West Ham, the Europa Conference League holders, face the German team Freiburg, whom they beat twice in this season’s group stage, while Rangers are up against the two-time European champions Benfica from Portugal.

Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen have been drawn against the Azerbaijani club Qarabag and in the other ties Marseille play Villarreal, Milan face Slavia Prague and Sporting go up against Atalanta. The Europa League final will take place in Dublin on 22 May.

Aston Villa were drawn to face Dutch giants Ajax in the last 16 of the Europa Conference League. Villa progressed as Group E winners and now face the Amsterdam club, who have been champions of Europe four times.

Ajax signed England midfielder Jordan Henderson last month, although he did not feature as they beat Norwegian side Bodø/Glimt in extra time to progress from the knockout play-off round. The first leg will be played in Amsterdam on 7 March, with the return at Villa Park on 14 March. The Conference League final takes place in Athens on 29 May.