Champions League third qualifying round (second legs) – Preview

The Champions League third qualifying round second legs take place next week, with all games scheduled for Tuesday, August 13.

All 10 return legs of the Champions League third qualifying round are scheduled for next Tuesday, as Liverpool and Chelsea face each other in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, August 14.

There are four former European champions in the third round of the Champions League qualifiers this season.

The bracket is separated into two different draws – the Champions Path and the League Path. First, we’ll have a look into each of them separately and then help you decide which game to watch on Tuesday night.

Champions Path

  • Celtic vs CFR Cluj (1:1) – 20:45 (CET)
  • Qarabag vs APOEL (2:1) – 18:30 (CET)
  • Ajax vs PAOK (2:2) – 20:30 (CET)
  • Ferencvaros vs Dinamo Zagreb (1:1) – 20:00 (CET)
  • Copenhagen vs Red Star Belgrade (1:1) – 20:00 (CET)
  • Rosenborg vs Maribor (3:1) – 19:00 (CET)

*the results from the first legs are listed in the brackets

League Path

  • Olympiacos vs Istanbul Basaksehir (1:0) – 20:30 (CET)
  • Porto vs Krasnodar (1:0) – 21:00 (CET)
  • Dynamo Kyiv vs Club Brugge (0:1) – 19:30 (CET)
  • LASK Linz vs Basel (2:1) – 20:30 (CET)

*the results from the first legs are listed in the brackets

Games to watch

As you can see, almost all of the third round encounters have an active result before the start of the second leg.

Rosenborg have the most comfortable lead after winning 3-1 at Maribor, while only Club Brugge noted a home win in the first legs, defeating Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 at the Jan Breydel Stadium.

However, we’ve picked two games that are going to be the most attractive in our opinion and both of them include former European Cup winners.

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Ajax and PAOK played the most entertaining game this week which finished in a 2-2 draw.

Hakim Ziyech opened the result in the 10th minute of the game, but PAOK went on the break with a 2-1 advantage through Chuba Akpom and Leo Matos.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar set the final score early in the second half, as the Dutch champions couldn’t find the winner in the remainder of the game.

However, we’ve witnessed an open and attractive football from both sides in Greece last Tuesday, which gives us the hopes that it will be the same at the Johan Cruyff Arena next week.

PAOK have to score a goal if they want to qualify for the playoffs, while the last season Champions League semi-finalists will head into the decider on the wings of a 5-0 win over Emmen in the domestic league.

Scottish champions Celtic face the winners of the Romanian League, CFR Cluj in the third round of the Champions League qualifiers.

The Celts are big favorites on paper in this fixture, but only came back with a 1-1 draw from their visit to eastern Europe last Wednesday.

However, Cluj proved to be a serious opponent in the first leg and even had better chances to score the winner in the final moments of the game.

They travel to Scotland hoping to continue their pursuit of the Champions League group stage, which would be only their fourth time to play in the most elite football competition. The last time Cluj played in the UCL was back in 2012-13, as they finished third in a group with Manchester United, Braga and Galatasaray.

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