Europa draw: Reds face Rubin , Spurs take on Monaco

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Liverpool are among the Europa League favourites.

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. 

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Europa League: Dortmund smash Odds, Southampton shown exit

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Marco Reus celebrates scoring a Europa League hat-trick.

German side Borussia Dortmund crushed Odds BK 7-2 on Thursday to win a place in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League group stage.

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’.

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:

Kairat 2-1 Bordeaux  
Jablonec 0-0 Ajax  
Qarabag 3-0 Young Boys  
Rubin 1-0 Rabotnicki  
Videoton 0-1 Lech  
HJK 0-0 Krasnodar  
Thun 3-3 Sparta Prague  
St.-Etienne 1-0 Milsami  
Rosenborg 0-1 Steaua  
Hajduk Split 0-1 Liberec  
Fenerbahce 3-0 Atromitos  
Home Team Score Away Team  
Panathinaikos 2-2 Qabala  
AZ 2-0 Astra  
Brondby 1-1 PAOK  
Borussia Dortmund 7-2 Odds BK  
Salzburg 2-0 Dinamo Minsk  
Standard Liege 3-1 Molde  
Vojvodina 0-2 Plzen  
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Zilina  
Midtjylland 1-0 Southampton  
Legia 3-2 Zorya  
Belenenses 0-0 Altach  

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