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Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round Draw

With the second round fixtures being completed last night we now know the lineup for the third round draw. After finally disposing of Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps, Celtic now face a trickier tie in the way of Kazakhstan’s Astana. The hoops haven’t reached the group stages of the competition since the 2013-14 and Brendan Rodgers will be looking to be the man who returns them to Europe’s top club competition. Not qualifying for this competition ultimately seem to be the undoing of former manager Ronny Delia so Rodgers certainly won’t want to make his time at Celtic any more difficult than it needs to be.

Irish champions Dundalk are rewarded for their efforts in Iceland last night with a tie against Belarus’ BATE Borisov. BATE are regular qualifiers for the group stages so Dundalk are certainly going to have their work cut out if they are to progress any further. The New Saints conquerors APOEL Nicosia are faced with Norwegian side Rosenborg while Copenhagen who thumped Northern Ireland’s Crusaders 9-0 on aggregate are paired up with Astra Girugiu of Romania.

This part of the competition also sees 10 sides enter through the League Route – Ajax who stumbled out at this stage last season will go up against PAOK Salonika, while French side Monaco go up against Turkey’s Fenerbahce. Ukrainian giants Shakhtar are pitted against Young Boys of Switzerland.

Here is the draw in full:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Route
Rosenborg Norway Cyprus APOEL 26–27 Jul 2–3 Aug
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 26–27 Jul 2–3 Aug
Olympiacos Greece Israel Hapoel Be’er Sheva 27 Jul 2–3 Aug
Astana Kazakhstan Scotland Celtic 26–27 Jul 2–3 Aug
Trenčín Slovakia Poland Legia Warsaw 26–27 Jul 2–3 Aug
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic Azerbaijan Qarabağ 26 Jul 2–3 Aug
Astra Giurgiu Romania Denmark Copenhagen 27 Jul 2–3 Aug
BATE Borisov Belarus Republic of Ireland Dundalk 26–27 Jul 2–3 Aug
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria Serbia Red Star Belgrade 26–27 Jul 2–3 Aug
Partizani Tirana Albania Austria Red Bull Salzburg 26–27 Jul 2–3 Aug
League Route
Ajax Netherlands Greece PAOK 26 Jul 3 Aug
Sparta Prague Czech Republic Romania Steaua București 26 Jul 2–3 Aug
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine Switzerland Young Boys 26 Jul 3 Aug
Rostov Russia Belgium Anderlecht 26 Jul 3 Aug
Fenerbahçe Turkey France Monaco 27 Jul 3 Aug
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One comment

  1. Very nice article and very useful! Also Sparta Praha will meet Steaua Bucuresti in the third qualifying round of UEFA Champions League played at Generali Arena from Praha. In their last meeting, Steaua Bucuresti won the match with 7-3 at penalty. I wonder if Ščasný’s team prepared us with a surprise for today. Based on the past results of the two teams, I would expect for Steaua Bucuresti to perform well during this meeting and win this game. It should be interesting to see if Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu will score during this match as he has a good average in terms of goals scored/match.

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