Turkey’s Fenerbahce to face Russian team in Europa League

Turkey’s Fenerbahce to face Russian Lokomotiv Moscow in last 32 of UEFA Europa League matches amid tension between the countries

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Fenerbahce players pose for a team photo prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A soccer match between Fenerbahce SK and Celtic FC at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on December 10, 2015.

Updated Dec 16, 2015

Turkish football team Fenerbahce on Monday was drawn against Russian Lokomotiv Moscow in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 amid political tensions between the two countries.

The teams are set to meet in Istanbul on Feb. 16, which will be followed by a second match in Moscow a week later.

There was no immediate comment from either side on whether political considerations would affect the match.

Since Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on the Syrian border on Nov. 24 for violating Turkish airspace despite repeated warnings, Russia has imposed economic sanctions and warned against Russians visiting Turkey on holiday.

Russian volleyball clubs pulled out of fixtures against Turkish sides at the end of November.

Galatasaray, the other Turkish side in the final 32, having dropped down from the Champions League, are to take on Italian club Lazio in a less controversial match.

The last 32 of the UEFA Europa League

Valencia (Spain) vs Rapid Wien (Austria)

Fiorentina (Italy) vs Tottenham Hotspur (England)

Borussia Dortmund (Germany) vs Porto (Portugal)

Fenerbahce (Turkey) vs Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)

Anderlecht (Belgium) vs Olympiacos (Greece)

Midtjylland (Denmark) vs Manchester United (England)

Augsburg (Germany) vs Liverpool (England)

Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) vs Krasnodar (Russia)

Galatasaray (Turkey) vs Lazio (Italy)

Sion (Switzerland) vs Braga (Portugal)

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs Schalke 04 (Germany)

Olympique Marseille (France) vs Athletic Bilbao (Spain)

Sevilla (Spain) vs Molde (Norway)

Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) vs Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

Villarreal (Spain) vs Napoli (Italy)

Saint-Etienne (France) vs Basel (Switzerland)

First matches to be played in February

First leg matches will be played on Feb. 18 (with the exception of the Fenerbahce game, which is to be played two days earlier to avoid a clash with the Galatasaray fixture).

The second leg games will be played on Feb. 25.

The final will be played at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland, on May 18.