Haifa and Tel Aviv avoid big guns

By Danny Caro, August 30, 2013

Israel's two Europa League entrants avoided the big guns in Friday's draw for the group stages.

Maccabi Haifa were rewarded for a 3-1 aggregate win over Astra with a place in Group L, alongside AZ Alkmaar, PAOK Thessaloniki and Shakhter Karagandy, who were edged out 3-2 by Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers.

Maccabi Tel Aviv have been drawn in Group F against Bordeaux, APOEL and Eintracht.

Full Europa League draw:

Group A: Valencia, Swansea, Kuban Krasnodar, St Gallen.

Group B: PSV Eindhoven, Dinamo Zagreb, Chornomorets Odesa, Ludogorets Razgrad.

Group C: Standard Liege, Salzburg, Elfsborg, Esbjerg

Group D: Rubin Kazan, Wigan, Maribor, Zulte Waregem

Group E: Fiorentina, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Pacos Ferreira, Pandurii Targu Jiu

Group F: Bordeaux, APOEL, Eintracht, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Group G: Dynamo Kiev, Genk, Rapid Vienna, Thun

Group H: Sevilla, Freiburg, Estoril, Slovan Liberec

Group I: Lyon, Real Betis, Guimaraes, Rijeka

Group J: Lazio, Trabzonspor, Legia Warsaw, Apollon Limassol

Group K: Tottenham, Anzhi Makhachkala, Sheriff, Tromso

Group L: AZ Alkmaar, PAOK Thessaloniki, Maccabi Haifa, Shakhter Karagandy

Last updated: 2:42pm, August 30 2013