Friday August 10 2012
Inter, Lazio learn Europa fate

The Europa League Play-off round draw has taken place today and pits Inter against Vaslui and Lazio against Mura 05.

Inter qualified for this round after narrowly overcoming Hajduk Split in the third qualifying round last night. Lazio automatically enter the Play-off round after finishing fourth in last season’s Serie A campaign.

In a faster draw process, the 62 teams in the pot were already assigned into groups of five seeded or unseeded clubs. Seeded groups were then each paired with unseeded groups. Today’s draw determined which seeded and unseeded teams from each group would then face each other in this Play-off round.

Inter will face Romanian side Vaslui, with the first leg to be played at the Liga I runners-up’s home, whilst Lazio are up against Slovenian outfit Mura 05, with the first leg to be played in Rome.

The Nerazzurri’s opponents Vaslui faced Lazio in last season’s Europa League and held them to two draws in the group stages. Mura 05, meanwhile, have already played three qualifying rounds to get to this stage.

That run includes defeating CSKA Sofia in the Second qualifying round and beating Arsenal Kyiv in the Third qualifying round thanks in part to a 3-0 win awarded in the first leg by UEFA, after the Ukrainians were deemed to have fielded an ineligible player.

The ties will be played on August 23 and August 30. The 31 winners will then enter the group stage draw of the competition, alongside 10 losers from the Champions League Play-off round and seven automatically qualified clubs. This latter group includes last season’s competitions winners Atletico Madrid and Italian representatives Napoli.

Full Europa League Play-off round draw

Anzhi vs. AZ Alkmaar

APOEL vs. Neftchi Baku

Atromitos vs. Newcastle United

Tromso vs. Partizan

Vaslui vs. Inter

Hearts vs. Liverpool

Athletic Bilbao vs. HJK

Maritimo vs. winner of Anorthosis-Dila Gori

Debrecen vs. Club Brugge

Molde vs. Heerenveen

Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Marseille

Trabzonspor vs. Videoton

Midtjylland vs. Young Boys

Dinamo Bucuresti vs. Metalist Kharkiv

Slask Wroclaw vs. Hannover 96

Horsens vs. Sporting CP

Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. F91 Dudelange

Feyenoord vs. Sparta Prague

Red Star Belgrade vs. Bordeaux

Motherwell vs. Levante

Lokeren vs. Viktoria Plzen

Lazio vs. Mura 05

AIK vs. CSKA Moscow

Bursaspor vs. Twente

Legia Warsaw vs. Rosenborg

Steaua Bucuresti vs. Ekranas

Sloven Liberec vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Stuttgart vs. Dynamo Moscow

PAOK vs. Rapid Wien

Luzern vs. Genk

Zeta vs. PSV Eindhoven

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