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Europa League: 3 Historic Match-Ups in the Round of 32

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by Aleks V@aleksvee

Although the Round of 32 in this season's UEFA Europa League will feature mostly new match-ups, three of the 16 games that will be played on Thursday, February 19 will be a blast from the recent - and distant - past.

All games below kick off at 21:05 CET (3:05pm ET).

Villarreal - Red Bull Salzburg

Salzburg's Andreas Ulmer in 2009. Photo:
The only sides in the Round of 32 to have previously met in the tournament, Villarreal and Salzburg last clashed in the group stage of the 2009-10 Europa League. Salzburg won 3-0 on aggregate, but both teams went on to the Round of 32. One Villarreal and three Salzburg players remain from the sides that played the 2nd leg that year. Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano has an unspecified injury. Salzburg defenders Christian Schwegler and Andreas Ulmer are fit, while Christoph Leitgeb is doubtful due to a knee injury.

Liverpool - Besiktas 
Liverpool last met Besiktas in the 2007-08 Champions League group stage, winning 9-2 on aggregate. After losing the first leg 2-1, the Reds, under then-coach Rafael Benitez, pummeled Besiktas 8-0 at Anfield. The loss remains not only Besiktas' biggest European defeat, but the biggest loss in any stage of the Champions League. Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is the only returning player from that historic match.

Liverpool went on to the semi-finals of the 2007-08 UCL, losing 4-3 to Chelsea in extra time.

Celtic - Inter
Perhaps one of the biggest match-ups in the Round of 32, Celtic and Inter have waited over four decades to face each other in European competition. They'll play the first leg at Celtic Park, which hosted the semi-final of the 1971-72 European Cup (Champions League), a showdown that ended in a victory for Inter after a penalty shootout. The Italians went on to lose 2-0 to Ajax in the final. Celtic beat Inter at the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon to win the final of the 1966-67 European Cup, becoming the first British club to win the tournament.

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