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Celta face Celtic challenge

Published: Saturday 16 November 2002, 0.40CET
One of the highlights of the UEFA Cup third round will be RC Celta de Vigo's tie against Celtic FC.
Published: Saturday 16 November 2002, 0.40CET

Celta face Celtic challenge

One of the highlights of the UEFA Cup third round will be RC Celta de Vigo's tie against Celtic FC.

The three Spanish teams left in the UEFA Cup have been handed tough ties in the third round.

Difficult matches
Real Betis Balompié have been paired with French high-flyers AJ Auxerre, RC Celta de Vigo take on Scottish champions Celtic FC while Málaga CF have a tie against 2001 UEFA Champions League semi-finalists Leeds United AFC, who won the 1971 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Intertoto hopefuls
Málaga were one of three teams to qualify for the UEFA Cup via the UEFA Intertoto Cup with the other two winners, Fulham FC and VfB Stuttgart also still involved. Fulham play Hertha BSC Berlin while Stuttgart meet Club Brugge KV.

Former winners
There are three previous winners of the competition in the third round. FC Schalke 04, who lifted the trophy in 1997, have been drawn against Wisla Kraków, who eliminated Parma AC in the second round, Liverpool FC, three-time winners, are up against Dutch club SBV Vitesse while Belgian side RSC Anderlecht, the 1993 winners, will meet FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Intriguing ties
Other intriguing ties include S.S. Lazio against SK Sturm Graz, Besiktas JK taking on FC Dynamo Kyiv, Paris Saint-Germain FC meeting Boavista FC and FC Porto against FC Lens.

Champions League clubs join
In all 24 teams qualified from the second round, while eight have joined from the UEFA Champions League. The third round first-leg matches will be played on 28 November, with the second legs on 12 December. 

UEFA Cup third round draw
First leg matches: 26/28 November 2002
Second leg matches: 10/12 December 2002
Wisla Kraków (POL) v FC Schalke 04 (GER)
SK Sturm Graz (AUT) v S.S. Lazio (ITA)*
Real Betis Balompié (ESP) v AJ Auxerre (FRA)
Besiktas JK (TUR) v FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA) v Boavista FC (POR)
Club Brugge KV (BEL) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)
Liverpool FC (ENG) v SBV Vitesse (HOL)
FC Slovan Liberec (CZE) v Panathinaikos FC (GRE)*
Denizlispor (TUR) v Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA) v RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
Málaga CF (ESP) v Leeds United AFC (ENG)
FC PAOK Thessaloniki (GRE) v SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
Hertha BSC Berlin (GER) v Fulham FC (ENG)
AEK Athens FC (GRE) v Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR)
FC Porto (POR) v RC Lens (FRA)
Celtic FC (SCO) v RC Celta de Vigo (ESP)

* Fixture reversals

Last updated: 12/03/04 10.30CET

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