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Schembri's Apollon drawn to face Lazio

Andre Schembri (right) in action for Apollon Limassol against Basel. Photo: Thema Sports

Andre Schembri (right) in action for Apollon Limassol against Basel. Photo: Thema Sports

Andre Schembri's Apollon Limassol are set to be involved in another challenging Europa League campaign after they were drawn in Group H alongside Italian side Lazio, Olympique Marseille of France and Germany's Eintracht Frankfurt. 

Apollon, in their second straight group stage appearance, eliminated Swiss giants Basel after defeating them 1-0 on home soil to qualify on away goals.

Schembri was deployed from the starting XI as he played 62 minutes before being subbed off. 

They started this year's competition from the first qualifying round where they eliminated Stumbras of Lithuania with a 2-1 aggregate.

In the following two rounds, the Cyprus side had a far more comfortable journey as they saw off Zeljeznicar of Bosnia (5-2 aggregate) and Belarus' Dinamo Brest (4-1 aggregate).

Meanwhile, Bundesliga side RB Leipzig and Austrian outfit Salzburg, both closely identified with the Red Bull energy drink brand, will meet for the first time in competitive matches after being drawn in same Europa League group on Friday.

Seven-times European champions Milan, who won an appeal against a decision to kick them out of the competition for breaking UEFA's break even rule, will meet Olympiakos and Real Betis as well as surprise package FC Dudelange from Luxemburg.

English Premier league side Arsenal were handed a logistical challenge when they were pitted against Ukraine's Vorskla Poltava and Azeri side Qarabag as well as Portugal's Sporting in Group E.

Chelsea will also have some travelling to do after they drew Belarus side BATE Boris, Hungarians Vidi and Greek side PAOK in Group L.

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