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Dortmund drawn against Norwegian side Odds in Europa League playoff

The UEFA Europa League trophy is displayed ahead of the draw for the UEFA Europa League quarter-final football matches at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The UEFA Europa League trophy is displayed ahead of the draw for the UEFA Europa League quarter-final football matches at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

NYON, Switzerland --

Borussia Dortmund was drawn against Odds of Norway in the Europa League playoff round on Friday.

Ajax, which was eliminated in Champions League qualifying this week, must beat Czech club Jablonec to advance to the Europa League group stage.

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Southampton was paired with Midtjylland, and Athletic Bilbao will travel first to face Zilina of Slovakia.

UEFA paired 22 playoffs, including Atromitos of Greece against Fenerbahce.

First-leg matches are on Aug. 20, and return matches on Aug. 27.

Winners advance to the 48-team group-stage draw on Aug. 28 in Monaco.

The groups will include 10 teams which transfer to the second-tier competition after losing in the Champions League playoff round.