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Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 12:36 GMT

Sport: Football

Leeds return to Moscow

The much-travelled Harry Kewell returns to Moscow later this month

Leeds United face a second successive trip to the Russian capital after being drawn with Spartak Moscow in the third round of the Uefa Cup.

BBC Football Correspondent Mike Ingham analyses the Uefa Cup draw
Newcastle were handed a tough trip to Italy's capital to face AS Roma, while Arsenal will be favourites against out-of-form Nantes from north-west France.

Scotland's last hope in Europe, Rangers must overcome 1997 Champions League winners Borussia Dortmund, if they are to make it into the later stages.

That draw pairs two of the sides to drop out of the senior competition this week after finishing third in their league groups.

Spartak Moscow also arrived at this stage via this route, and follow neighbours Lokomotiv to Elland Road, although unlike in the last round Leeds travel to Russia for the first leg.

The team were fancied as one of the dark horses in the Champions League, and although they failed to live up to that promise, they will provide tougher opponents than Lokomotiv, who Leeds beat 7-1 on aggregate.

Magpies Italian journey

Newcastle boss Bobby Robson will need to call on his vast experience for the trip to Roma, although as with their two previous successes this season, the Magpies enjoy the slight advantage of hosting the second leg.

Arsenal's consolation for finishing third in their Champions League group looks an easy one on paper, with a trip to Nantes following the first leg at Highbury - and not their previous temporary European home of Wembley.

The Gunners could have drawn Juventus or Atletico Madrid, but manager Arsene Wenger will be happy with a trip to his home country to face a side with a string of league defeats this season.

However Rangers will be less than impressed by being pulled out of Uefa's glass bowls alongside anout Champions League refugee.

Dortmund may not be the side that won Europe's biggest prize three seasons ago, but they will provide a stern test of the Scots' European improvement this year.

The second leg gives Dick Advocaat's side a return to Germany after their unlucky exit from the senior competition in Munich on Wednesday.


Parma (Ita) v Sturm Graz (Aut)
Lyon (Fra) v Werder Bremen (Ger)
Panathinaikos (Gre) v D Coruna (Spa)
Bologna (Ita) v Galatasaray (Tur)
Udinese (Ita) v Bayern Leverkusen (Ger)
Lens (Fra) v Kaiserslautern (Ger)
Spartak Moscow (Rus) v Leeds United (Eng)
Ajax (Ned) v Real Mallorca (Spa)
Rangers (Sco) v Borussia Dortmund (Ger)
Roma (Ita) v Newcastle United (Eng)
AEK Athens (Gre) v Monaco (Fra)
Celta Vigo (Spa) v Benfica (Por)
Olympiakos (Gre) v Juventus (Ita)
Wolfsburg (Ger) v Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Arsenal (Eng)v Nantes (Fra)
Slavia Prague (Cze) v Steaua Bucharest (Rom)

First-named teams at home for first leg ties on Thursday 25 November
Second legs to be played 9 December

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