With such an underwhelming record in Europe under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool FC were grateful to receive a relatively kind group stages draw for the 2015-16 Europa League - one which the Northern Irishman must ensure his team finish first in to assure his doubters he can manage the club in European competitions.
Manchester City have been handed yet another tough draw in this season's Champions League - with last term's runners-up Juventus, Europa League winners Sevilla and Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach all in Group D.
CSKA Moscow looked lost for the majority of the playoff tie against Sporting Lisbon but they made the most of their opportunities in the second half in this match, scoring three times and completing a spectacular comeback that qualified them for the UEFA Champions League Group Stage.
Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb had little problem finishing the job in their Champions League play-off against Skënderbeu Korcë. After winning in the first leg they closed the tie with a 4-1 victory at home, clinching them a berth in the competition's group stage for the third time in the last five years.