Uefa Europa League Draw: Everton Face Lille, Celtic and Dinamo Zagreb Clash

The Uefa Champions League draw was concluded on Thursday and it was the turn of the Uefa Europa League at the same venue in Monaco.

All 48 qualified teams were placed in one of four pots to form 12 groups, with One team from either of four pot drawn in each group. No two sides from the same country were drawn together.

The winners of this year’s Europa League will enter the qualifying stages of next season’s Champions League.

The two English teams in the competition this year, Everton and Tottenham, got a difficult draw more-or-less- the former in terms of tougher opponents while the latter face a grueling traveling schedule, with the trips to Besiktas, Partizan Belgrade and Asteras Tripolis totaling over 10,000 miles of travel.

However, Maurico Pochettino’s men will take solace in the fact that their previous visit to Besiktas’ Ataturk Stadium in the group phase of the UEFA Cup in 2006, produced a 2-0 outcome in their favour courtesy of goals from Hossam Ghaly and Dimitar Berbatov.

Everton, placed in pot three, have a tough draw in Group H, where they play a Lille outfit, which has Nigeria international Vincent Enyeama in goal, and Bundesliga club Wolfsburg as well as a tricky journey to Russia’s Krasnodar.

Everton’s best performance in the Europa Cup was reaching the last 16 in 2008, when they lost to Fiorentina on penalties.

Another Nigerian Efe Ambrose and Celtic avoided meeting Legia Warsaw, the side who they controversially beat in Champions League qualifying due to a technicality. The Scottish champions take the second seed in Group D alongside Red Bull Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Astra Giurgiu.

The Hoops last faced Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League second qualifying round in 1998, losing 3-1 on aggregate after scoring the only goal at Parkhead but losing 3-0 on the road.

And on meeting Salzburg, Celtic have only won two of eight games against Austrian opponents.

Full Europa Draw

Group A

Villarreal

Borussia Monchengladbach

FC Zurich

Apollon Limassol

Group B

FC Copenhagen

Club Brugge

Torino

HJK Helsinki

Group C

Tottenham

Besiktas

Partizan Belgrade

Asteras Tripolis

Group D

Red Bull Salzburg

Celtic

Dinamo Zagreb

Astra Giurgiu

Group E

PSV Eindhoven

Panathinaikos

Estoril Praia

Dinamo Moscow

Group F

Inter Milan

Dnipro

Dnipropetrovsk

Saint-Etienne

Qarabag

Group G

Sevilla

Standard Liege

Feyenoord

Rijeka

Group H

Lille

Wolfsburg

Everton

Krasnodar

Group I

Napoli

Sparta Prague

Young Boys

Slovan Bratislava

Group J

Dynamo Kiev

Steaua Bucharest

Rio Ave

Aalborg

Group K

Fiorentina

PAOK Salonika

Guingamp

Dinamo Minsk

Group L

Metalist Kharkiv

Trabzonspor

Legia Warsaw

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