Benfica and PSV maintain Champions League qualifying slog
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Issued on: 02/08/2021 - 02:12Modified: 02/08/2021 - 02:10
As the battle to determine who controls Europes premier bastinado competition continues, the battle for places in this years Champions League resumes this week as the third qualifying round kicks off.
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While the three Super league holdouts Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona, sustain to argue that the finest clubs must run the Champions league, 20 of the less prime bequeath accomplish battle for a arise to accomplish the lucrative group stage.
They include clubs with a distinguished catalogue in the competition including past winners Benfica and PSV Eindhoven and terminated finalists Monaco, Malmo and Red Star Belgrade.
PSV, who were later in the Dutch cooperative last season, owner Midtjylland, who continued Denmarks strong football summer by eliminating lapsed champions Celtic in the latter round.
While Midtjylland hold already played three league games, PSV set about not kindle their domestic season until following Saturday when they outside champions Ajax in the Johan Cruyff Shield, the Dutch Super Cup. Their only competitive achievement so far this summer was in the previous round, when they thrashed Galatasaray.
With the dilatory revert of players who appeared in the Euros and the European unload deadline not until August 31 for most clubs, much squads are tranquillity in flux.
For Monaco, who outside Sparta Prague, Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland, whose countries reached the last 16 of the Euros, have only valid rejoined the squad. The bastinado is also negotiating to buy and hawk players in a discharge tout that sporting boss Paul Mitchell calls "unprecedented, unsettled and strenuous for a lot of clubs".
Two-time champions Benfica moving to outside Spartak in Moscow on Wednesday having legal added Ukrainian striker Roman Yaremchuk and after a summer of turmoil. Club president Luis Filipe Vieira stood down on July 16 after being arrested on suspicion of fraud.
The 20 clubs are playing on a two-track road. Six of the ties are in what UEFA calls the "Champions path" and four in the "League path". The ony difference is what happens to the losers.
The ten winners movement into the modern 12-team compass of qualifying, the Champions league playoffs, for a dirty in the Group stages. The design for that takes alcove on Monday, with Brondby and Salzburg added to the mix.
The losers in the League lane go lifeless into the Europa League group stages. Those in the Champions path go into a playoff for a Europa League soil with a calling in the renewed Europa Conference League as the consolation prize if they elude again.
Third qualifying round, boon leg fixtures (1800 GMT unless stated)
Malmo (SWE) v Rangers (SCO), Sparta Prague (CZE) v Monaco (FRA), CFR Cluj (ROM) v Young Boys (SUI), Genk (BEL) v Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), PSV Eindhoven (NED) v Midtjylland (DEN), Red Star Belgrade (SER) v Sheriff Tiraspol (MOL) (1900), Olympiakos (GRE) v Ludogorets (BUL) (1900)
Spartak Moscow (RUS) v Benfica (POR), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v Legia Warsaw (POL), Ferencvaros (HUN) v Slavia Prague (CZE)
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