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Liverpool Draw Augsburg in Europa League Round of 32, Everything Is Not the Worst

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Liverpool avoid the heavy-hitters and draw German relegation-battlers Augsburg for their Round of 32 tie in the Europa League.

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Jürgen Klopp will make his return to Germany to face Augsburg. The draw could be considered a lucky one for the Reds, as the Bundesliga side currently sits just above the relegation zone in 16th.

Augsburg also have the dubious distinction of being the last team to qualify for the knockout rounds, with a 89th minute goal on Thursday night being the difference between qualification and elimination. Regardless of their opponent's continental and domestic struggles, Liverpool will need to be fully prepared and concentrated in order to advance, as a single away goal is often the difference in European ties.

Tottenham will likely face a more difficult task, drawing Italian side Fiorentina. Manchester United, on the other hand, drew the Danish dynamite FC Midtjylland and broke my heart. The football gods giveth, and the football gods taketh away.

As for other interesting non-English match-ups, Dortmund will face off against FC Porto, Lazar Markovic and Fenerbahce will travel to Russia to face Lokomotiv Moscow, and Shakhtar Donetsk will match up against Schalke. The rest of the Europa League fixtures are below:

  • Valencia vs. Rapid Wien
  • Anderlecht vs. Olympiacos
  • Sparta Praha vs. FC Krasnodar
  • Galatasaray vs. Lazio
  • FC Sion vs. Braga
  • Marseille vs. Athletic Club
  • Sevilla vs. Molde
  • Sporting CP vs. Bayer Leverkusen
  • Villareal vs. Napoli
  • St-Etienne vs. Basel

The Europa League draw wasn't the only one on tap today, as a little known competition the "Champions League" also got their draw on. Chelsea will have to balance their domestic relegation fight with a couple of games against Paris St. Germain. Arsenal will look to continue their streak 5-year streak of Round of 16 exits as they face off against Barcelona. And Manchester City and Bayern drew Dynamo Kiev and Juventus, respectively.

The other Champions League ties are:

  • Gent vs. Wolfsburg
  • Roma vs. Real Madrid
  • PSV Einhoven vs. Athletico Madrid
  • Benfica vs. Zenit