Villa and Ajax meet in clash of former Euro giants

By James Regan.

FORMER European Cup winners Aston Villa will face four times European champions Ajax in one of the plum ties of the Europa Conference League round of 16.

The clash of the former European champions in Uefa’s third tier competition was set up after the Dutch giants finished third in the Europa League and dropped down to the Conference.

Villa, meanwhile, topped their Conference group.

All roads in Brighton’s first journey in European football lead to Rome for a clash with Daniele di Rossi’s team.

Liverpool will face Czech Republic side Sparta Prague, who secured their qualification Thursday night after beating Galatasaray 6-4 on aggregate.

Last years Conference League winners West Ham will travel to Germany where they take on SC Freiburg, who finished fifth last year in the Bundesliga.