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2021/22 UEFA Champions League Qualifiers


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2021 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round draw

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Group 1
Fola Esch (LUX) vs Lincoln Red Imps (GIB)*
Slovan Bratislava (SVK)* vs Shamrock Rovers (IRL)
Malmö (SWE)* vs Riga FC (LVA)
Bodø/Glimt (NOR) vs Legia Warszawa (POL)*

Group 2
Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL) vs Alashkert (ARM)*
HJK Helsinki (FIN) vs Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)*
CFR Cluj (ROU)* vs Borac Banja Luka (BIH)
Shkëndija (MKD)* vs Mura (SVN)

Group 3
Teuta (ALB) vs Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)*
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)* vs Neftçi (AZE)
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) vs Kairat Almaty (KAZ)*
Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)* vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)

Group 4
Ferencváros (HUN)* vs Winners of the preliminary round**
Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)* vs Linfield (NIR)
Flora Tallinn (EST)* vs Hibernians (MLT)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)* vs Valur (ISL)

*Seeded teams

**One of Folgore (SMR) / Prishtina (KOS) / HB Tórshavn (FRO) / Inter Club d'Escaldes (AND)

The ties will be two legs, with matches taking place on 6/7 and 13/14 July. There will be extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required. Winners advance to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round; all losing sides progress to the UEFA Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round (the losers of Slovan Bratislava vs Shamrock Rovers receive a bye to the third qualifying round following a one-off draw required to balance the access list).

 

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Second Qualifying Round draw is at 12 CET today (11am BST)

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Group 1:
Seeded
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) / Valur (ISL)
Young Boys (SUI)
Bodø/Glimt (NOR) / Legia Warszawa (POL)
Unseeded
Slovan Bratislava (SVK) / Shamrock Rovers (IRL)
Flora Tallinn (EST) / Hibernians (MLT)
Omonoia (CYP)

Group 2:
Seeded
Olympiacos (GRE)
Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Teuta (ALB) / Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)
Unseeded
Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL) / Alashkert FC (ARM)
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) / Neftçi (AZE)
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) / Kairat Almaty (KAZ)

Group 3:
Seeded
Ludogorets 1945 (BUL) / Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)
Malmö (SWE) / Riga FC (LVA)
CFR Cluj (ROU) / Borac Banja Luka (BIH)
Ferencváros (HUN) / Winners of the Preliminary round*
Unseeded
Shkëndija (MKD) / Mura (SVN)
Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) / Linfield (NIR)
HJK Helsinki (FIN) / Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)
Fola Esch (LUX) / Lincoln Red Imps (GIB)

*One of Folgore (SMR) / Prishtina (KOS) / HB Tórshavn (FRO) / Inter Club d'Escaldes (AND)

League path
Seeded
Celtic (SCO)
PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Sparta Praha (CZE)
Unseeded
Rapid Wien (AUT)
Galatasaray (TUR)
Midtjylland (DEN)

 

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Second qualifying round draw

Champions path

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) / Valur (ISL) vs Omonoia (CYP)

Slovan Bratislava (SVK) / Shamrock Rovers (IRL) vs Young Boys (SUI)

Bodø/Glimt (NOR) / Legia Warszawa (POL) vs Flora Tallinn (EST) / Hibernians (MLT)

Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL) / Alashkert FC (ARM) vs Teuta (ALB) / Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)

Olympiacos (GRE) vs Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) / Neftçi (AZE)

Maccabi Haifa (ISR) / Kairat Almaty (KAZ) vs Crvena zvezda (SRB)

Fola Esch (LUX) / Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) vs CFR Cluj (ROU) / Borac Banja Luka (BIH)

Malmö (SWE) / Riga FC (LVA) vs HJK Helsinki (FIN) / Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)

Ferencváros (HUN) / Winners of the Preliminary round* vs Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) / Linfield (NIR)

Shkëndija (MKD) / Mura (SVN) vs Ludogorets 1945 (BUL) / Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)

*One of Folgore (SMR) / Prishtina (KOS) / HB Tórshavn (FRO) / Inter Club d'Escaldes (AND)

League path

Rapid Wien (AUT) vs Sparta Praha (CZE)

Celtic (SCO) vs Midtjylland (DEN)

PSV Eindhoven (NED) vs Galatasaray (TUR)

 

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Starts tomorrow - 

HJK vs Buducnost
Ferencvaros vs Prishtina
Flora vs Hibernians
CFR Cluj vs Borac Banja Luka
Zalgiris vs Linfeld
Fola Esch vs Lincoln Red Imps
Shkendja vs Mura

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And Young Boys, I believe, begin in the next round. Doesn't that seem like one of those teams that might want to suggest a new team name that's less pedo?

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Champions Path

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) / Omonoia FC (CYP) vs Legia Warszawa (POL) / Flora Tallinn (EST)

Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) / CFR Cluj (ROU) vs Slovan Bratislava (SVK) / Young Boys (SUI)

Olympiacos (GRE) / Neftçi PFK (AZE) vs Mura (SVN) / Ludogorets (BUL)

Kairat Almaty (KAZ) / Crvena zvezda (SRB) vs Alashkert (ARM) / Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)

Malmö (SWE) / HJK Helsinki (FIN) vs Rangers (SCO)

Ferencváros (HUN) / Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) vs SK Slavia Praha (CZE)

League Path

PSV Eindhoven (NED) / Galatasaray (TUR) vs Celtic FC (SCO) / Midtjylland (DEN)

Spartak Moskva (RUS) vs Benfica (POR)

Genk (BEL) vs Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

Monaco (FRA) vs Rapid Wien (AUT) / Sparta Praha (CZE)

Not the worst draws for Rangers and Celtic. Rangers should come through fairly comfortable, while it is a winnable tie for Celtic. Still remains to be seen what level of crowds will be allowed for them at home.

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That defence for Celtic looks shaky at best. How Ralston is still at Celtic, never mind starting, is unbelievable.

They'll need to score multiple times tonight, as I can't see a clean sheet happening for them.

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A quality free kick, but yet another bad moment for Barkas. Should be doing much better with it.

Midtjylland showed their quality in rare moments yesterday, but Celtic should have been comfortably ahead throughout the game. A moment of madness from Bitton looks to have cost them dearly. Celtic looked better going forward but, as predicted, their defence looks shaky at best. With a lack of quality with their full backs, they often delayed some good attacking play with no real ability to take on defenders or put in a decent delivery in for Édouard.

Can't register anyone else before the second leg, their centre backs will likely be a 21 year old (who just broke into the team) and an 18 year old. I thought it would be a tough start for Ange, but it's starting even earlier.

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12 minutes ago, Stan said:

Celtic losing in extra-time. CL journey could be over before it's barely even begun.

The winner of the tie faces PSV. Celtic are just cutting out the middle man and going straight to the Europa League now...

Their goalkeeper and back four in this game is bottom half Scottish Premiership standard, at best.

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This is definitely not Postecoglou's making. This goes back to Celtic not sacking Lennon last November, not bringing in a new manager until June, and not having a replacement for Peter Lawwell until this summer either.

They dragged out as much from their players who wanted to leave after Rodgers departure, Edouard was clearly uninterested last night and should have been sold last summer for full value, and have had catastrophic misses with transfer. Eyeing short term over the long term, even with the huge gap they had over Rangers until a couple of years ago.

Now with two, far from straight forward games, to reach the Europa League group stage, it's no certainty that they'll make it. If they had at least beat a very mediocre Midtjylland team, they'd have been guaranteed at least that. That guaranteed cash alone could have seen Celtic being proactive with transfers in the next few weeks, now it's far from certain.

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Let's be honest FCM aren't shit and Celtic had no right to expect to beat them, FCM were actually playing in the Champions League last season and will have access to a better pool of players.

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9 minutes ago, Danny said:

Let's be honest FCM aren't shit and Celtic had no right to expect to beat them, FCM were actually playing in the Champions League last season and will have access to a better pool of players.

Not sure if you watched the games or not but Midtjylland were nowhere near their usual standard.

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11 minutes ago, Danny said:

Let's be honest FCM aren't shit and Celtic had no right to expect to beat them, FCM were actually playing in the Champions League last season and will have access to a better pool of players.

Celtic have a budget 3x that of Midtjylland. As a club, they should easily be better than them. Back in 2019/20, when FCM where last champions, they were comfortable beaten home and away by Rangers (7-3 on aggregate).

Having watched the two games, they really weren't that great. And definitely weren't of a standard that Celtic would throw away leading in both games. 

 

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2 minutes ago, Rab said:

Not sure if you watched the games or not but Midtjylland were nowhere near their usual standard.

Of course they're not, no one is at this point in the season

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For Rangers, at least they've avoided Salzburg and Slavia Prague.

Olympiacos have qualified for the group stages in the last two seasons, so still a very difficult opponent for them.

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