West Ham given Astra Europa League rematch

Paris (AFP) – Premier League side West Ham United will face Romanians Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League play-off round later this month after Friday’s draw.

The ties on August 18 and August 25 will be a repeat of the tie last season when Astra beat the Hammers in the third qualifying round.

Slaven Bilic’s West Ham reached this stage with a 3-0 win over Slovenian outfit NK Domzale, 4-2 on aggregate, in their first game at the Olympic Stadium, now called the London Stadium. 

2009 champions Shakhtar Donetsk, who reached the semi-finals last season, take on Istanbul Basaksehir.

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