How the third qualifying round is shaping up

19 Jul

The picture for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round is becoming ever clearer after nine teams booked their places on Tuesday. Three Champions route fixtures are now known, with the remaining seven to follow when the second qualifying round concludes on Wednesday.


The third qualifying round takes place on 26/27 July & 2/3 August, with the victors advancing to the play-offs. Defeated sides transfer to the UEFA Europa League play-off round.

  • Champions route

Olympiacos (GRE) v Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Astra Giurgiu (ROU) v FC København (DEN)
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Rosenborg (NOR)/IFK Norrköping (SWE) v APOEL (CYP)
Vardar (MKD)/Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
BATE Borisov (BLR) v Dundalk (IRL)/FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)
Partizani (ALB)/Ferencváros (HUN) v FC Salzburg (AUT)
Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)/Trenčín (SVK) v Legia Warszawa (POL)
Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)/Astana (KAZ) v Lincoln (GIB)/Celtic (SCO)
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v Qarabağ (AZE)/F91 Dudelange (LUX)

  • League route

Ajax (NED) v PAOK (GRE)
Sparta Praha (CZE) v Steaua București (ROU)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Young Boys (SUI)
Rostov (RUS) v Anderlecht (BEL)
Fenerbahçe (TUR) v Monaco (FRA)

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City reached the semis last season

Entering in play-off round (draw 5 August)
Manchester City (ENG)
Porto (POR)
Villarreal (ESP)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER)
Roma (ITA)

  • Bye to group stage (draw 25 August)

Pot 1 (holders & champions of top 7 ranked nations)
Real Madrid (ESP, holders)

Barcelona (ESP)
Leicester City (ENG)
Bayern München (GER)
Juventus (ITA)
Benfica (POR)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
CSKA Moskva (RUS)

2015 final highlights

Other pots
Atlético Madrid (ESP)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Arsenal (ENG)
Sevilla (ESP)
Napoli (ITA)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Basel (SUI)
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Lyon (FRA)
PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Sporting CP (POR)
Club Brugge (BEL)
Beşiktaş (TUR)

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