Play-off contenders ready for final hurdle

The UEFA Champions League play-offs begin on Tuesday, with the six winners going through to the group stage.

Matthijs de Ligt was among Ajax's goalscorers against Standard
Matthijs de Ligt was among Ajax's goalscorers against Standard ©Getty Images

The UEFA Champions League play-offs are set to kick off on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the six remaining group stage places up for grabs. Ahead of the first legs, click on each of the fixtures for our in-depth match background.

WHO'S IN THE GROUP STAGE?

Ties on 21 & 29 August

Champions path
Crvena zvezda (SRB) v Salzburg (AUT)
BATE Borisov (BLR) v PSV Eindhoven (NED)

Five great play-off round goals
Five great play-off round goals

League path
Benfica (POR) v PAOK (GRE)

Ties on 22 & 28 August

Champions path
Young Boys (SUI) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Vidi (HUN) v AEK Athens (GRE)

League path
Ajax (NED) v Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)

The six play-off winners will join the 26 automatic entrants in the UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco at 18:00CET on Thursday 30 August. The defeated teams transfer to the UEFA Europa League group stage, the draw at 13:00CET on Friday 31 August.

Already in the group stage

Watch highlights of Madrid's 2017/18 triumph
Watch highlights of Madrid's 2017/18 triumph

ESP: Real Madrid (holders), Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Valencia
GER: 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

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