Europa League play-offs: Hull earn Lokeren test and Spurs draw Limassol
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Friday 08 August 2014
Tottenham Hotspur were drawn against the Cypriot club AEL Limassol in the Europa League play-offs yesterday. Spurs reached the last 16 of the competition last season before losing to the eventual finalists and runners-up, Benfica.
Hull City’s debut season in European competition will continue with a tie against the Belgian side Lokeren, after they defeated Slovakian club AS Trencin 2-1 in the second leg of their third qualifying round on Thursday. The first leg had finished goalless.
Steve Bruce’s side had qualified for the tournament’s preliminary rounds as runners-up in last season’s FA Cup final.
Both English clubs will play their first legs away on 21 August, with the return legs a week later.
Legia Warsaw were drawn away to Kazakhstan’s Aktobe after being thrown out of the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player during their win over Celtic.
Everton, who qualified by virtue of their fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season, go straight into the group stages, which start next month. An added carrot to this season’s competition is the prize of a Champions League place for the winners.
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