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Celtic face Inter test, Liverpool face Besiktas in Europa League

15 December 2014, 21:29

Paris - Celtic face a tricky Europa League last-32 tie after being drawn Monday against Italy's Inter Milan as Liverpool take on gritty Turkish side Besiktas.

For former European heavyweights Liverpool it will be a return to Istanbul, the scene of their memorable 2005 Champions League final victory over AC Milan in which current skipper Steven Gerrard scored.

However Celtic face a difficult clash against a side who have won Europe's second-tier competition three times.

Liverpool, also three-time winners, who were dumped out of the Champions League by Swiss side Basel last week, won their last meeting with Besiktas 8-0 in the 2007-08 elite European competition.

Also read: UCL draw: Arsenal escape Madrid

Titleholders Sevilla will be up against Borussia Moenchengladbach, fourth in the Bundesliga, in a tie between teams who have won the competition, or its predecessor the UEFA Cup, five times between them.

English side Tottenham will take on Italy's Fiorentina while Everton were drawn against Swiss side Young Boys in the first tie out of the UEFA pots in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday.

Spanish side Villarreal have drawn Salzburg, who they met in the 2009-10 group stage with the Austrian outfit winning both games.

Guingamp, the only French club left in the competition, will play Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev as they look to continue their fairytale run following their first qualification for the Europa League last 32 by ending Paris Saint-Germain's unbeaten Ligue 1 run this season on Sunday.

Russian side Dynamo Moscow will play modest Belgian side Anderlecht as Germany's Wolfsburg take on Sporting Lisbon, and Ukrainian side Dniepropetrovsk have drawn Olympiakos of Greece.

The first-leg matches will be played on February 19, with the return fixtures seven days later.



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