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Europa League play-off draw: West Ham face Romanian club Astra Giurgiu

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first_imgWest Ham have been drawn against Astra Giurgiu of Romania in the Europa League play-off round.The Hammers beat Slovenian side NK Domzale 4-2 on aggregate following a 3-0 victory in the first competitive match at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night.After finishing seventh in the Premier League, Slaven Bilic’s men will be aiming to join Manchester United and Southampton in the group phase of Europe’s second-tier competition.It is the second season in a row that West Ham have been paired with Astra, who knocked them out in the third qualifying round in 2015.The Romanians had started their European campaign this year in the Champions League qualifiers, but earlier this week lost out to Copenhagen in the third round.Elsewhere in Friday’s draw, Fenerbahce of Turkey were given a tie against Swiss side Grasshoppers while Danish team Brondby tackle Panathinaikos of Greece and Czechs Slavia Prague meet Belgian outfit Anderlecht.The play-offs will be over two legs on August 18 and 25.DRAW IN FULL:Astana v BATEFC Midtjylland v OsmanlisporAS Trencin v Rapid ViennaArouca v OlympiacosLokomotiva Zagreb v GenkVojvodina v AZDinamo Tbilisi v PAOK SalonikaAEK v LiberecFK Austria Vienna v RosenborgBeitar Jerusalem v St EtienneAA Gent v ShkendijaIstanbul Basaksehir v Shakhtar DonetskFC Astra Giurgiu v West HamSonderjyske v Sparta PragueFenerbahce v GrasshoppersSassuolo v Crvena ZvezdaBrondby v PanathinaikosIFK Goteborg v FK KarabakhKrasnodar v Partizani TiranaMaccabi Tel-Aviv v Hajduk SplitSlavia Prague v AnderlechtMaribor v Gabala 1 Romanian side Astra knocked Slaven Bilic’s side out of the Europa League at the same stage last term last_img read more