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This is how qualifying for the Champions League is | UEFA champions league

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Dinamo Zagreb and Ferecnváros managed to win 2-0 in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, while Celtic will have to suffer in the second leg after drawing at home against Midtjylland in a match in which both teams finished with ten players.

The action continues this Wednesday with the Red Star or Olympiacos starting their participation, although the most attractive duel will undoubtedly be the one between PSV Eindhoven and Galatasaray.

All teams that reach the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League will be guaranteed a place in the group stage of one of the three UEFA club competitions.

Second qualifying round matches

First leg matches (league route):

Tuesday July 20
Rapid Vienna – Sparta Prague 2-1
Celtic – Midtjylland 1-1

Wednesday July 21
PSV Eindhoven – Galatasaray

First leg matches (champions route)

Tuesday July 20
Alashkert – Sheriff Tiraspol 0-1
Lincoln Red Imps – CFR Cluj 1-2
Ferencváros – Žalgiris Vilnius 2-0
Dinamo Zagreb – Omonoia 2-0

The debutant Mura won the Shkëndija and will face LudogoretsGetty Images

Wednesday July 21
Kairat Almaty – Red Star
Malmö – HJK Helsinki
Mura – Ludogorets
Slovan Bratislava – Young Boys
Olympiacos – Neftchi
Legia de Warsaw – Flora Tallinn

Return matches (league route):

Wednesday July 28
Midtjylland – Celtic
Galatasaray – PSV Eindhoven
Sparta of Prague – Fast of Vienna

The winners enter the third qualifying round on August 3 and 4. Teams eliminated from the league path advance to the UEFA Europa League main path third qualifying round.

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Return matches (route of the champions):

Tuesday July 27
Omonoia – Dinamo Zagreb
HJK Helsinki – Malmö
Flora Tallinn – Legia de Warsaw
Žalgiris Vilnius – Ferencváros

Wednesday July 28
Neftchi – Olympiacos
Sheriff Tiraspol – Alashkert
CFR Cluj – Lincoln Red Imps
Ludogorets – Mura
Young Boys – Slovan Bratislava
Red Star – Kairat Almaty

The winners enter the third qualifying round on August 3 and 4. Teams eliminated from the Champions Route advance to the UEFA Europa League Champions Route third qualifying round.

Third qualifying round knockouts (August 3/4 and 10)

League route

PSV Eindhoven / Galatasaray – Celtic / Midtjylland
Spartak de Moscúy – Benfica
Genk – Shakhtar Donetsk
Monaco – Vienna Rapid / Prague Sparta

  • Teams that lose the league en route advance to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

Champions route

Dinamo de Zagreb / ​​Omonoia – Legia de Warsaw / Flora Tallinn
Lincoln Red Imps / CFR Cluj – Slovan de Bratislava / Young Boys
Olympiacos / Neftchi – Mura / Ludogorets
Kairat Almaty / Estrella Roja – Alashkert / Sheriff Tiraspol
Malmö / HJK Helsinki – Rangers
Ferencváros / Žalgiris Vilnius – Slavia de Praga

  • Teams that lose on the champions’ route enter the UEFA Europa League play-offs, with the winners reaching the UEFA Europa League group stage and the losers advancing to the UEFA group stage Europa Conference League.

ROUNDS COMPLETED

First qualifying round

Return matches:


Legia beat Bodo / Glimt

Legia beat Bodo / GlimtGetty Images

Wednesday July 14
Kairat Almaty – Maccabi Haifa 2-1 (global: 3-1)
Alashkert – Connah’s Quay Nomads 1-0 (t.p., global: 3-2)
Oilman – Dynamo Tbilisi 2-1 (global: 4-2)
Legia of Warsaw – Bodø / Glimt 2-0 (global: 5-2)

Tuesday July 13
Hibernians – Flora Tallinn 0-3 (global: 0-5)
Riga FC – Malmö 1-1
Lincoln Red Imps – Fola Esch 5-0 (global: 7-2)
Sheriff Tiraspol – Teuta 1-0 (global: 5-0)
Prishtina – Ferencváros 1-3 (global: 1-6)
Mura – Spark 5-0 (global: 6-0)
Borac Banja Luka – CFR Cluj 2-1 (t.p. global: 3-4)
Buducnost Podgorica – HJK Helsinki 0-4 (global: 1-7)
Linfield – Žalgiris Vilnius 1-2 (global: 2-5)
Shamrock Rovers – Slovan Bratislava 2-1 (global: 2-3)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk – Ludogorets 0-1 (global: 0-2)
Value – Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 (global: 2-5)

Sixteen teams successfully passed the first qualifying round. CFR Cluj benefited from the recent lifting of the away goals rule to beat Borac Banja Luka in extra time. Also, Alashkert beat Connah’s Quay Nomads in extra time, which would not have been necessary with the away goal rule.

Defeated teams advance to the UEFA Europa Conference League Champions Route second qualifying round (Shamrock Rovers receive an invitation to advance to the third qualifying round following a one-time draw required to balance the access list)


Zalgiris beat Linfield

Zalgiris beat LinfieldGetty Images

First leg matches:

Wednesday July 7
Dinamo Tbilisi – Neftchi 1-2
Bodø / Glimt – Legia de Varsovia 2-3
Slovan Bratislava Shamrock Rovers 2-0
Ludogorets 1945 – Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1-0
Maccabi Haifa – Kairat Almaty 1-1
Teuta – Sheriff Tiraspol 0-4
Malmö – Riga FC 1-0
Dinamo Zagreb – Valur 3-2
Connah’s Quay Nomads – Alashkert 2-2


Cluj celebrate one of their goals against Bora Banja Luka

Cluj celebrate one of their goals against Bora Banja LukaGetty Images

Tuesday July 6
HJK Helsinki – Buducnost Podgorica 3-1
Flora Tallinn – Hibernians 2-0
Ferencváros – Prishtina 3-0
Žalgiris Vilnius – Linfield 3-1
Fola Esch – Lincoln Red Imps 2-2
Spark – Wall 0-1
CFR Cluj – Borac Banja Luka 3-1

Preliminary round

End: Friday June 25

PRISTINE – Inter Club d’Escaldes 2-0 (Elbasan)

Inter de Escaldes will face whoever loses the first tie between Teuta or Sheriff in the second qualifying round of the route of the European Conference League champions, on July 22 and 29.

Semifinals: Tuesday, June 22

Thunderbolt – PRISTINE 0-2 (Elbasan)

Folgore will face Hibernians on the UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round champions route on 22-29 July.

HB Tórshavn – Inter Club d’Escaldes 0-1 (Durres)

HB will face Budućnost Podgorica in the UEFA Europa Conference League champions’ route second qualifying round on 22-29 July

Special rules for COVID

Please note the special rules applicable to the qualifying and qualifying rounds of the competition due to COVID-19, which can be found here.

Regarding the admission of fans traveling to matches, more information can be found here.

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