Benfica drawn away to PAOK in Champions League qualifying

Trophy for the winners of the Champions League last soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich is placed on the pitch on the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via AP)

Trophy for the winners of the Champions League last soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich is placed on the pitch on the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via AP)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Two-time European champion Benfica will play in Greece in opposition to PAOK in Monday’s draw for the Champions League third qualifying round.

Benfica’s Stadium of Light in Lisbon hosted the 2020 last last week however won’t watch action yet in this season’s model. UEFA ordered the sizzling qualifying round to be single-leg elimination games thanks to the tight time desk in a virus-delayed season.

In other pairings for the Sept. 15 or 16 games, Dynamo Kyiv will host AZ Alkmaar and qualifying specialist Red Considerable particular person Belgrade turn out to be as soon as drawn away to Omonia of Cyprus. Red Considerable particular person seeks to reach to the groups thru all four qualifying rounds for the third straight season.

Hungarian champion Ferencváros will host Dinamo Zagreb. Hungary said last week it turn out to be as soon as closing its borders to non-residents from Sept. 1 to better modify COVID-19 infections.

All UEFA-organized games are currently being held with out followers in the stadiums.

UEFA made the draw Monday as two clubs own ongoing appeals on the Court of Arbitration for Sport in opposition to their elimination from outdated qualifying rounds.

Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia and Drita of Kosovo had been denied the likelihood to play by local authorities — in the Faeroe Islands and Switzerland, respectively — after having avid gamers test certain for COVID-19 in pre-sport tests required by UEFA. Pressing verdicts are expected from CAS this week.

More teams, along side Salzburg and Olympiakos, enter in the playoff round subsequent month, that would be completed as frail two-leg, dwelling-and-away pairings. That draw would possibly be made Tuesday.

The delayed 32-team community-stage draw is scheduled on Oct. 1 in Athens.

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