UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw –

Olympiacos vs Ludogorets and PSV Eindhoven vs Midtjylland are among the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round ties taking place on 3/4 and 10 August.

Scottish champions Rangers will face Sweden’s Malmö, while Slavia Praha will start out against Hungary’s Ferencváros. The eventual winners in the champions path will join Salzburg and Brøndby in the play-offs, with four group stage places on offer.

The league path, meanwhile, will bring Spartak Moskva and Benfica back together, the two sides having each claimed home wins when they met in the 2012/13 group stage. The eventual winners in this path will go into the play-offs to vie for the two available group spots.

All teams that play in the third qualifying round are assured of a place in the group phase of one of the three club competitions.

Champions path draw

Tuesday 3 August & Tuesday 10 August
CFR Cluj vs Young Boys
Olympiacos vs Ludogorets
Crvena zvezda vs Sheriff
Malmö vs Rangers

Wednesday 4 August & Tuesday 10 August
Dinamo Zagreb vs Legia Warszawa
Ferencváros vs Slavia Praha

Winners advance to the UEFA Champions League play-offs. Losing teams in the champions path enter the UEFA Europa League play-offs, from which the winners reach the UEFA Europa League group stage and the losers transfer to the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage.

League path draw

Tuesday 3 August & Tuesday 10 August
PSV Eindhoven vs Midtjylland
Genk vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Sparta Praha vs Monaco

Wednesday 4 August & Tuesday 10 August
Spartak Moskva vs Benfica

Winners advance to the UEFA Champions League play-offs. Losing sides in the league path move into the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Which teams were involved in the draw?

Seven teams enter the competition in the third qualifying round, with a further 13 progressing from the second qualifying round.

How the draw worked

  • There were two draws: one for the 12 teams in the champions path, the other for the eight sides in the league path.
  • The draw included some teams taking part in the second qualifying round on 20/21 & 27/28 July. The higher coefficient of the two clubs involved in an undecided tie was used for the purposes of the draw.
  • The teams in each draw were divided equally between seeded and unseeded sides in accordance with the club coefficient rankings.
  • The balls containing the names of the seeded teams were placed in one bowl and the balls containing the unseeded sides were put into another bowl. One ball was taken from each bowl and placed in a large empty bowl in the middle, where they were shuffled. The first team drawn will play the first leg at home.
  • The UEFA administration may form groups for the draw in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee. Clubs from the same association could not be drawn against each other. As decided by the UEFA Executive Committee, teams from Ukraine and Russia must not be drawn together.

Special COVID rules

Please be aware of the special rules applicable to the qualifying phase and play-offs of the competition due to COVID-19, which can be found here.

With regard to travelling fans being admitted to matches, more information can be found here.

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