European titans learn their destiny

Some well-known sides will be checking their maps of Europe as the end of the first qualifying round decided their upcoming UEFA Champions League adversaries.

Last season's UEFA Cup finalists Rangers enter the second qualifying round
Last season's UEFA Cup finalists Rangers enter the second qualifying round ©Getty Images

High-profile ties
On Tuesday, last season's UEFA Cup runners-up Rangers FC and former European Champion Clubs' Cup finalists Panathinaikos FC were two of the first clubs to discover their opponents for the next round, which begins on 29/30 July and finishes on 5/6 August. Rangers will play Lithuania's FBK Kaunas who defeated Andorra's FC Santa Coloma 7-2 overall, while Panathinaikos face FC Dinamo Tbilisi following the Georgian side's 3-1 aggregate triumph over Faroese contenders NSÍ Runavík.

Fenerbahçe start
Elsewhere, FC Sheriff overturned a 1-0 deficit to FK Aktobe to advance 4-1 over two legs and will encounter AC Sparta Praha next. Two-time UEFA Cup winners IFK Göteborg will face Swiss champions FC Basel 1893 after defeating San Marino's S.S. Murata 9-0 on aggregate, while group stage regulars FC Dynamo Kyiv take on Irish outfit Drogheda United FC following their 3-1 aggregate success against FC Levadia Tallinn. The make up of two more second qualifying round ties was already also known prior to this week's matches. Fenerbahçe SK, who reached the quarter-finals last season, meet Hungarian champions MTK Budapest, and Beitar Jerusalem FC face Wisła Kraków.

Rome final
The second qualifying round winners advance to the third qualifying round, where they will be joined by another 18 teams, with the draw taking place on 1 August. The 32 clubs involved will then compete in 16 ties over two legs for the right to follow the 16 automatic qualifiers into the group stage which begins on 16 September. The final will be played at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on 27 May 2009.

2008/09 UEFA Champions League
First qualifying round 
(Aggregate results and winners for in bold; * denotes victory on away goals)
MatchAggregate result
1 Linfield FC (NIR)1-3NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
2Valetta FC (MLT)0-3FC Artmedia Petržalka (SVK)
3FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)3-1NSÍ Runavík (FRO)
4FC Santa Coloma (AND)2-7FBK Kaunus (LTU)
5 S.S. Murata (SMR)0-9IFK Göteborg (SWE)
6Llanelli AFC (WAL)1-4FK Ventspils (LVA)
7 Anorthosis Famugusta (CYP)3-0FC Pyunik (ARM)
8FK İnter Bakı (AZE)*1-1FK Rabotnicki (MKD)
9 Tampere United (FIN) 3-2FK Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)
10 F91 Dudelange (LUX)0-3NK Domžale (SVN)
11KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB) 1-4FK Modriča (BIH)
12FK Aktobe (KAZ) 1-4FC Sheriff (MDA)
13Drogheda United FC (IRL)3-1FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)
14FC BATE Borisov (BLR)3-0Valur Reykjavík (ISL)

2008/09 UEFA Champions League
Second qualifying round draw
First leg:
29/30 July
Second leg: 5/6 August
Rangers FC (SCO)vFBK Kaunas (LTU)
SK Brann (NOR)vFK Ventspils (LVA)
FK İnter Bakı (AZE)vFK Partizan (SRB)
Tampere United (FIN)vFC Artmedia Petržalka (SVK)
Anorthosis Famugusta (CYP)vSK Rapid Wien (AUT)
NK Domžale (SVN)vNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Panathinaikos FC (GRE)vFC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
IFK Göteborg (SWE)vFC Basel 1893 (SUI)
FC Sheriff (MDA)vAC Sparta Praha (CZE)
Drogheda United FC (IRL)vFC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL)vFC BATE Borisov (BLR)
Beitar Jerusalem FC (ISR)vWisla Kraków (POL)
Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)vMTK Budapest (HUN)
Aalborg BK (DEN) vFK Modriča (BIH)