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Valletta to meet Luxembourg’s F91 Dudelange in UCL – UPDATED
Jun 18, 2019
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Maltese champions Valletta will face F91 Dudelange, of Luxembourg, in the first qualifying round of this season’s UEFA Champions League.


The draw, made on Tuesday afternoon at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters, featured 32 teams that were divided into two groups of 10 teams and one comprising 12.

 

Valletta, one of the unseeded teams in Group 2, were drawn to play the first leg away on July 9 or 10 with the second leg a week later.

 

The Citizens retained the BOV Premier League crown after beating Hibernians on penalties in a thrilling championship decider.

 

For their part, F91 Dudelange were crowned champions of Luxembourg for season 2018/19 after topping the National Division table with a total of 59 points.

 

Last season, F91 Dudelange became the first club from Luxembourg to reach the group stage of the Europa League.

 

The winner of the clash between F91 Dudelange and Valletta will meet either Hungarian champions Ferencvaros or Bulgaria’s Ludogorets in the second qualifying round of the Champons League.

 

The draw of the second qualifying round fixtures and pairings was made on Wednesday at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters with the matches scheduled to take place on 23/24 July and 30/31 July.

 

If Valletta fail to advance in the UEFA Champions League, they would go into the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

 

In that case, Valletta or F91 Dudelange would meet the losers of the UCL first qualifying round match between Estonian side Nõmme Kalju, and Shkëndija, of North Macedonia.

 

EUROPA LEAGUE


In the Europa League, Hibernians, runners-up in the 2018/19 BOV Premier League, have been drawn against FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, of Belarus.

 

A win in their two-legged match against Shakhtyor Soligorsk would see Hibernians secure a trip to Denmark to play Esbjerg in the next round.

 

Gżira United, who finished third in the championship last season, will meet Croatian side HNK Hajduk Split with the Maroons drawn at home for the first leg on July 11. The winner of this tie will meet either Ventspils, of Latvia, or Albanian side Teuta.
 

FA Trophy winners Balzan will face Slovenia’s NK Domzale in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.  The winner of the NK Domžale/Balzan match will set up a clash with Swedish side Malmö or the winner of the preliminary round tie between Northern Ireland’s Ballymena United or NSI Runavik (Faroe Islands).

 

The second qualifying round matches of the Europa League are due to be played on July 25 and August 1.

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