Forty Second Qualifying Round First Leg ties took place tonight, with the clubs looking to take a step towards meeting side from Europe’s top footballing nations in the Third Qualifying Round, the draw of which was made tonight. Germany’s only representative at this stage, Freiburg, won 2-1 in Croatia at HNK Cibalia.
Big winners on the night were AE Limassol, Kiryat-Shmona, and Rijeka who all won their home matches 4-0 over Borac, Daugava, and Shkendija respectively. The second legs will be played 25 July.
Highlights from the Third Qualifying Round (01 and 08 August) are given below. The winners of this round join the losing clubs from the UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Phase and further teams who begin their European campaigns here.
Europa League Third Qual Round (Selected) First Leg 01 Aug - Second Leg 08 Aug Red Star / Dila Gori v. SpVgg Greuther-Fürth St Mirren / Grasshoppers v. Real Sociedad Met. Rustavi / Maribor v. Cibalia / Freiburg Wigan Athletic v. Shamrock / Beita Jerusalem Napoil v. Hajduk Split / Rabotnicki AZ Alkmaar v. Helsingborg / Levadia Dundee United v. Derry City / Rosenborg