UEFA Champions League play-off draw made

Manchester United and Valencia will face Club Brugge and Monaco respectively in the UEFA Champions League after the draw for the play-off round was held in Nyon.

Manchester United and Valencia will resume their UEFA Champions League challenges against Club Brugge and Monaco respectively after the play-off draw was made in Nyon.

Both United and Valencia missed out on European competition in 2014/15, when Monaco reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar were both eliminated in the round of 16 last season and start their latest campaigns against Lazio and Rapid Wien respectively while the league route is completed by Sporting CP against CSKA Moskva, a repeat of the 2005 UEFA Cup final.

In the champions route, the highlight is the tie between Celtic, the first British club to lift the trophy in 1967, and Malmö, runners-up in 1979.

Play-off draw
League route
Lazio (ITA) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER) – 18 & 26 August
Manchester United (ENG) v Club Brugge (BEL) – 18 & 26 August
Sporting CP (POR) v CSKA Moskva (RUS) – 18 & 26 August
Rapid Wien (AUT) v Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) – 19 & 25 August
Valencia (ESP) v AS Monaco (FRA) – 19 & 25 August

Champions route
Astana (KAZ) v APOEL (CYP) – 18 & 26 August
Skënderbeu (ALB) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – 19 & 25 August
Celtic (SCO) v Malmö (SWE) – 19 & 25 August
FC Basel (SUI) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) – 19 & 25 August
BATE Borisov (BLR) v Partizan (SRB) – 18 & 26 August

Matches
• All games at 20.45CET except Astana v APOEL on 18 August at 18.00CET.

• The defeated teams will transfer to the UEFA Europa League group stage

Road to Milan: Full season calendar

Bye to group stage draw (Monaco, 27 August): Barcelona (holders), Bayern München, Chelsea, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Zenit, PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, FC Porto, Arsenal, Manchester City, Sevilla, Olympique Lyonnais, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, Galatasaray, AS Roma, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg, KAA Gent

Draw facts:
• If Valencia win their play-off, Spain will be the first nation to have five clubs in the same group stage.
• Borussia Mönchengladbach could be the 11th different German side to compete in the UEFA Champions League group stage, one more than France and behind only Spain on 13.
• Astana are the only remaining European Cup debutants.

Previous winners in play-offs
Manchester United (1968, 1999, 2008), Celtic (1967)

Other UEFA Cup /UEFA Europa League (UEL) or European Cup Winners' Cup (CWC) winners in play-offs
Valencia (2004 UEL, 1980 CWC), Shakhtar Donetsk (2009 IUEL)
Sporting CP (1964 CWC)

Clubs who could be their nation's first group stage representatives
Skënderbeu (ALB), Astana (KAZ)

Clubs that could return to group stage from 2014/15
Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting CP, FC Basel, Shakhtar Donetsk, CSKA Moskva, AS Monaco, BATE Borisov, Malmö, APOEL

Teams remaining from second qualifying round who have previously progressed from there to group stage
BATE Borisov (2008/09, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15), Partizan (2010/11), APOEL (2009/10, 2011/12), Dinamo Zagreb (2011/12, 2012/13), Celtic FC (2013/14), Malmö (2014/15)

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