EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW: Liverpool face Dan Petrescu's Unirea, while Everton and Fulham are handed tricky last 32 ties

By Sportsmail Reporter
Last updated at 3:07 PM on 18th December 2009


Liverpool have drawn Dan Petrescu's Unirea Urziceni in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Fulham face holders Shakhtar Donetsk, while Everton also face a tricky tie against Sporting Lisbon.

Former Chelsea defender Petrescu led Unirea to their first ever Romanian League title last season and missed out on making the Champions League knockout stage by a single point this season, finishing third in Rangers' group behind Sevilla and Stuttgart.

Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun (left)

Happy days: Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun (left) will be happy with Liverpool's draw

Former England and Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren saw his FC Twente side land Werder Bremen, who lost to Shakhtar in the final of last season's UEFA Cup, the pre-cursor to this competition.

Ajax will meet Juventus in the most prestigious tie of the round. The two clubs have twice contested European Cup finals, with Ajax winning 1-0 in 1973 and Juve getting their revenge on penalties in 1996 after a 1-1 draw.

UEFA also drew the round of 16 in Nyon. If Liverpool get through they would face the winner of Lille v Fenerbahce. Similarly, Everton would face either Atletico Madrid or Galatasaray, while Fulham's future opponents would be Ajax or Juventus.

Fulham FC's Zoltan Gera, (L), celebrates after scoring with team mates Stephen Kelly (C) and Danny Murphy (R)

Eurostars: Fulham's Zoltan Gera, (left), Stephen Kelly (centre) and Danny Murphy celebrate during their victory over Basel in Switzerland this week

DRAW IN FULL - LAST 32

Shakhtar Donetsk's Jadson

Holders: Jadson lifts the trophy after Shakhtar's victory in last season UEFA Cup final against Werder

Rubin Kazan v Hapoel Tel Aviv

Athletic Bilbao v Anderlecht

Copenhagen v Marseille

Panathinaikos v Roma

Atletico Madrid v Galatasaray

Ajax v Juventus

Club Brugge v Valencia

FULHAM v Shakhtar Donetsk

LIVERPOOL v Unirea Urziceni

Hamburg v PSV

Villarreal v Wolfsburg

Standard Liege v Salzburg

Twente v Werder Bremen

Lille v Fenerbahce

EVERTON v Sporting Lisbon

Herthan Berlin v Benfica

(First leg: Feb 18; second leg: Feb 25)

DRAW IN FULL - LAST 16

Hamburg or PSV v Athletic Bilbao or Anderlecht 

Rubin Kazan or Hapoel Tel Aviv v Villarreal or VfL Wolfsburg 

Atletico Madrid or Galatasaray v EVERTON or Sporting 

Hertha Berlin or Benfica v FC Copenhagen or Marseille 

Panathinaikos or Roma v Standard Leige or SV Red Bull Salzburg 

Lille or Fenerbahce v LIVERPOOL or Unirea Urziceni 

Ajax or Juventus v FULHAM or Shakhtar Donetsk 

Club Brugge or Valencia v FC Twente or Werder Bremen

(First leg: Mar 11; second leg: Mar 18)

 

 

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