Champions League play-off draw: Benfica, Celtic learn fate

The UEFA Champions League play-off draw was conducted in Nyon on Monday.


The likes of Ajax, Benfica, Celtic and Dynamo Kyiv discovered their potential UEFA Champions League play-off opponents following the draw in Nyon on Monday.


The play-offs are split into the champions path and the league path; the winners of the six ties will complete the group stage line-up. The exact contenders will be decided when the third qualifying round concludes on Tuesday 14 August.

Champions League play-off draw

Crvena zvezda are hoping to reach the play-offs
Crvena zvezda are hoping to reach the play-offs©FK Crvena zvezda

Ties on 21 & 29 August:
Champions path

Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Spartak Trnava (SVK) v Salzburg (AUT)/Shkëndija (MKD)
Qarabağ (AZE)/BATE Borisov (BLR) v PSV Eindhoven (NED)
League path
Benfica (POR)/Fenerbahçe (TUR) v PAOK (GRE)/Spartak Moskva (RUS)

Ties on 22 & 28 August:
Champions path
Young Boys (SUI) v Astana (KAZ)/Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Malmö (SWE)/Vidi (HUN) v Celtic (SCO)/AEK Athens (GRE)
League path

Standard Liège (BEL)/Ajax (NED) v Slavia Praha (CZE)/Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)


What's next?

7/8 August: third qualifying round first legs
14 August: third qualifying round second legs
21/22 August: play-off first legs
28/29 August: play-off second legs
30 August: group stage draw
18/19 September: matchday one

Already in the group stage

Watch Madrid's 2017/18 final win in Kyiv
Watch Madrid's 2017/18 final win in Kyiv

ESP: Real Madrid (holders), Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Valencia
: Bayern München, Schalke, Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund
ENG: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool
ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Internazionale Milano
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Lyon
RUS: Lokomotiv Moskva, CSKA Moskva
POR: Porto
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Club Brugge
TUR: Galatasaray
CZE: Viktoria Plzeň