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Debutants Braga handed Celtic test

Portuguese runners-up SC Braga were paired with Celtic FC in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round and four-time winners AFC Ajax meet PAOK FC after today's draw in Nyon.

UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw ©UEFA.com

Four-time winners AFC Ajax will play PAOK FC in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round and debutants SC Braga meet Celtic FC after the draw was made in Nyon today.

The last two rounds before the group stage run along two lines: the Champions Route for nations whose title winners do not go straight into the competition proper − including the teams progressing from 17 second qualifying round ties which conclude next week − and the League Route. Only three of the 20 places in the Champions Route section of the third qualifying round are therefore decided, though after a 5-1 first-leg win FC BATE Borisov may begin preparing to meet FC København.

The five League Route ties on 27/28 July and 3/4 August are already known. Ajax meet PAOK, Braga encounter Celtic and the other debutants, KAA Gent, have been paired with group-stage regulars FC Dynamo Kyiv. BSC Young Boys take on Fenerbahçe SK, while FC Unirea Urziceni must overcome 2008 UEFA Cup winners FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

Next draw
The winners of the five League Route ties will join AJ Auxerre, Sevilla FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, UC Sampdoria and Werder Bremen in August's play-off round. Similarly, the ten Champions Route winners will meet each other at the same stage, with draws to take place on 6 August and games scheduled for 17/18 and 24/25 August.

In all, ten clubs will join the 22 automatic group-stage entrants, including holders FC Internazionale Milano, nine-time winners Real Madrid CF and Turkish debutants Bursaspor. The 2011 UEFA Champions League final will be held at London's Wembley Stadium on 28 May.

Third qualifying round – League Route draw
First leg: 27/28 July; Second leg: 3/4 August
2FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)vKAA Gent (BEL)
3BSC Young Boys (SUI)vFenerbahçe SK (TUR)
4SC Braga (POR)vCeltic FC (SCO)
5FC Unirea Urziceni (ROU)vFC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
Third qualifying round – Champions Route draw
First leg: 27/28 July; Second leg: 3/4 August
1SK Liepājas Metalurgs (LVA) – AC Sparta Praha (CZE)vFC İnter Bakı (AZE) – KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
2FK Aktobe (KAZ) – FC Olimpi Rustavi (GEO)vHapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) – FK Željezničar (BIH)
3FC Sheriff (MDA) – KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB)vNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – FC Koper (SVN)
4PFC Litex Lovech (BUL) – FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE)vBirkirkara FC (MLT) – MŠK Žilina (SVK)
5FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) – Debreceni VSC (HUN)vFC Basel 1893 (SUI)
6AIK Solna (SWE) – AS Jeunesse Esch (LUX)vLinfield FC (NIR) – Rosenborg BK (NOR)
7FK Partizan (SRB) – FC Pyunik (ARM)vFK Ekranas (LTU) – HJK Helsinki (FIN)
8FC BATE Borisov (BLR) – FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)vFC København (DEN)
9Bohemian FC (IRL) – The New Saints FC (WAL)vRSC Anderlecht (BEL)
10AC Omonia (CYP) – FK Renova (MKD)vFC Salzburg (AUT) – HB Tórshavn (FRO)

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