The ever-baffling qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League have had the next phases drawn for the forty-seven clubs currently in the competition. Two separate stages have been draw, the Best Placed Third Qualifying Round, and the Third Qualifying Phase. I’d explain the differences but there are ovens I haven’t yet stuck my head into today.
Four matches stand between these sides and the hallowed Group Stage.
Best Placed Third Qualifying Phase Draw First Leg, 31 July - Second Leg, 07 Aug Austria Wien (Austria) v. Club Brugge (Belgium) PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece) v. Galatasaray (Turkey) Odense Boldklub (Denmark) v. FC Twente (Netherlands) Young Boys (Switzerland) v. Zenit St Petersburg (Russia) Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine) v. Saint-Etienne (France)
Third Qualifying Phase Draw First Leg, 31 July - Second Leg, 07 Aug Legia / Valletta v. Jeunesse Esch / Slo. Bratislava Santa Coloma / Partizan v. TNS / Zeljeznicar Metalurg Skopje / M. Haifa v. CSKA Sofia / Ujpest Ekranas / Rudar v. Celtic / Molde Dinamo / Portadown v. Omonoia Dinamo Tblisi / Pyunik v. Rapid Wien BATE / IFK Goteborg v. Ventspils / Sligo Rovers Sparta Prague / Neftci v. Irtysh Pavlodar / Sheriff Basel v. KR / Olimpija Flora / HJK v. Steaua Burcharest / Flamurtari