Haifa and Tel Aviv avoid big guns

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