Liverpool face a long trip to Russia after being drawn with Rubin Kazan in the Europa League group stages, while Tottenham face a tricky pool with Monaco, Anderlecht and another journey east – to Azerbaijani side Qarabag.
The Reds also face Bordeaux and FC Sion as boss Brendan Rodgers aims to better his last campaign in the competition, which ended in a last-32 away goals defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in 2013.
Group A saw Celtic being drawn with Molde, Dutch giants Ajax and Turkish powerhouses Fenerbahce, while Thomas Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund take on Paok Thessaloniki, Krasnodar and Gabala.
The the Europa League group stage begins on September 17 and ends on December 10.
German side Borussia Dortmund crushed Odds BK 7-2 on Thursday to win a place in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League group stage.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 27, 2015
Coupled with a 4-3 win for Thomas Tuchel’s men last week, Dortmund ran out comfortable 11-5 winners on aggregate.
Marco Reus scored a hat-trick for the Bundesliga side, who were sparked into action after going down 1-0 in the first half. Shinji Kagawa netted twice, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan added one goal each.
Ole Jorgen Halvorsen gave Odds a short-lived lead with a 19th-minute header, and Oliver Berger added a second-half consolation.
Southampton were sent crashing out of Europe courtesy of a strike from FC Midtjylland‘s very own ‘Big Dunc’.
14 – Southampton scored from just one of their 14 shots on target over the two legs, while the Danes scored with two from four. Difference.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 27, 2015
Former Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen was given the nickname ‘Duncan’ during his early years with AGF Aarhus as he reminded a coach of former Everton forward Duncan Ferguson with the Denmark international even sporting the moniker on the back of his shirt.
Southampton fell foul of poor refereeing decisions as their European adventure ended prematurely, according to their manager Ronald Koeman.
But instead of blaming his players, who have yet to taste victory in the Premier League this season, Koeman focused more on the officiating across both legs as he vented his frustrations at what he perceived to be poor decisions that hampered Southampton’s chances.
Europa League results summary for 27 August:
|Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|Borussia Dortmund||7-2||Odds BK|
The draw for the Champions League group stages will be consist of 32 teams from around Europe, making up eight groups of four. Teams have been sorted into four pots, with one team from each pot going into each group.
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Pot 1: Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern München, Juventus, Benfica, Paris, Zenit, PSV Eindhoven
Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atlético, Porto, Arsenal, Manchester United, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester City
Pot 3: Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla, Lyon, Dynamo Kiev, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow, Galatasaray, Roma
Pot 4: BATE Borisov, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg, Dynamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Gent, Malmö, Astana