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Sevilla gets Feyenoord in Europa League groups

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 29, 2014 at 8:32 am •  Published: August 29, 2014

MONACO (AP) — Title-holder Sevilla will play another former champion in Feyenoord in the group stage of the Europa League, which now rewards the trophy winner with a Champions League place.

The two teams were drawn along with Standard Liege and HNK Rijeka in the 48-team group draw Friday for UEFA's second-tier competition.

Inter Milan, also a three-time winner, returns after a one-year absence from UEFA competitions in a group with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Saint-Etienne and Qarabag.

"The Europa League is a very important competition. It's more prestigious" because of the rule change, said Inter official Javier Zanetti, who captained the club to win the 2010 Champions League.

Tottenham, a two-time champion, has Besiktas, Partizan and Asteras in its group.

Napoli is favored to advance from a group including Sparta Prague, Young Boys and Slovan Bratislava.

Legia Warsaw and Celtic avoided a repeat of their controversial Champions League matches. Legia was eliminated this month after forfeiting a second-leg victory for fielding a suspended player.

Celtic was drawn with Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Astra after then losing in the Champions League qualifying playoffs.

Legia was grouped with Metalist Kharkiv, Trabzonspor and Lokeren.

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