The draw for the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League has been made today in Nyon.
The draw has thrown up some potentially interesting ties have arisen following the draw for the final qualifying stage of the Champions League.
Perenially underachieving Inter, face a tricky tie against Swiss side Basle, while fellow Italian club Juventus will play the winners of the Djurgarden v Kaunas match for a place in the Group stage.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid will be relieved to have avoided the likes of Benfica with the Portuguese Cup winners meeting Anderlecht, while Madrid encounter the winners of the WIT Georgia Tbilisi v Wisla Krakow tie.
The British trio seem – on paper – to have relatively straightforward passages through to the group stage. Liverpool are up against Austrians side GAK, Manchester Utd play the winners of Zilina and Dinamo Bucharest tie, while Rangers have been drawn against CSKA Moscow or Neftchi, from Azerbaijan.
Should Republic of Ireland’s Shelbourne overcome Hadjuk Split, they would play Deportivo La Coruna.
Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round Draw in full:
GAK v Liverpool
Juventus v Djurgarden/Kaunas
Tirana/ Ferencvaros v Apoel / Sparta Prague
Ros’borg/Sheriff v M Haifa
Bayer Leverkusen v Banik
Neftchi /CSKA Moscow v Rangers
Pyunik or Shak v Brugge/Loko Plov
Dynamo Kiev v Skonto/Trabzonspor
YB/Crvena Z v PSV Eindhoven
Zilina/Dinamo Bucharest v Man Utd
Basle v Inter Milan
Benfica v Anderlecht
Deportivo v Hadjuk Split/ Shelbourne
PAOK v HJK/M Tel-Aviv
Young Boys/ Red Star Belgrade v PSV Eindhoven
Nova Gorica/FC Copenhagen v Monaco
WIT Georgia Tbilisi/Wisla Krakow v Real Madrid
Ties to be played 10/11 & 24/25 Aug