Benfica faces Fenerbahce in Champions League third qualifying round

The Champions League third round qualifying round draw sees Benfica take on Fenerbahce in the standout tie.

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Benfica will face 19-time Turkish champions Fenerbahce in the marquee tie of the Champions League third round qualifying round.

Runner-up in the Primeira Liga last season, Benfica is looking to reach the group stage for the ninth consecutive season, while Fenerbahce will hope to make its first appearance in 10 years. 

It will be the first time the two teams have met since Benfica defeated Fenerbahce over two legs to reach the Europa League final in 2013.

Ajax, which finished second behind PSV in the Eredivisie in 2017-18, faces a tricky tie with Standard Liege, while Red Bull Salzburg, semi-finalist in last season's Europa League, faces either Macedonia's Shkendija or Moldovan champion Sheriff.

Scottish champion Celtic will meet AEK Athens if it gets through their second-round tie with Norway's Rosenborg.

All first legs will be played on August 7/8, with return fixtures contested on August 14.


Full Draw

Benfica v Fenerbahce
Standard Liege v Ajax or Sturm Graz
Slavia Prague v Dynamo KievPAOK or Basel v Spartak Moscow
Celtic or Rosenborg v AEK Athens
Red Bull Salzburg v Shkendija or Sheriff
Red Star Belgrade or Suduva v Legia Warsaw or Spartak Trnava
Kukesi or Qarabag v BATE Borisov or HJK Helsinki 
Astana or Midtjylland v Dinamo Zagreb or Hapoel Beer-Sheva
Cluj or Malmo v Ludogorets Razgrad or Vidi

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