Benfica to face Spartak Moscow in Champions League qualifying


Two-time former European champions Benfica have been paired with Spartak Moscow within the third qualifying spherical for this yr’s Champions League, within the attract Nyon, Switzerland on Monday.

Scottish champions Rangers will face Malmo or HJK Helsinki whereas their Glasgow rivals Celtic will play PSV Eindhoven or Galatasaray in the event that they beat Midtjylland within the second qualifying spherical.

In different fixtures Genk meet Shakhtar Donetsk whereas 2004 runners-up Monaco tackle both Fast Vienna or Sparta Prague.

Sides that win on the third qualifying spherical stage progress to the play-off spherical, the draw for which takes place on August 2.

Shedding sides on the third qualifying spherical stage drop into the Europa League play-off spherical.

Champions League third qualifying spherical draw, first legs Aug 3-4, second legs Aug 10:

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) or Omonoia (CYP) v Legia Warszawa (POL) or Flora Tallinn (EST), Lincoln Crimson Imps (GIB) or CFR Cluj (ROU) v Slovan Bratislava (SVK) or Younger Boys (SUI), Olympiacos (GRE) or Neftci (AZE) v Mura (SVN) or Ludogorets (BUL), Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or Crimson Star Belgrade (SRB) v Alashkert (ARM) or Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA), Malmo (SWE) or HJK Helsinki (FIN) v Rangers (SCO), Ferencvaros (HUN) or Zalgiris Vilnius (LTU) v Slavia Prague (CZE), PSV Eindhoven (NED) or Galatasaray (TUR) v Celtic (SCO) or Midtjylland (DEN), Spartak Moscow (RUS) v Benfica (POR), Genk (BEL) v Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Monaco (FRA) v Fast Wien (AUT) or Sparta Praha (CZE)

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