Play-off contenders ready for final hurdle

The UEFA Champions League play-offs are set to kick off on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the third qualifying round. Ahead of the first legs, click on each of the fixtures for our in-depth match background.


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 on Thursday 30 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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