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Cyprus hopefuls find out possible opponents

Apoel players celebrate scoring against Dudelange

The draws for the third qualifying round of both the Champions League as well as the Europa League took place on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland.

Apoel, the only Cyprus representative in the Champions League draw, will face the Romanian team Viitorul, provided of course they can defend their slender one goal advantage against Dudelange next Wednesday in Luxembourg.

Viitorul is owned and managed by former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Galatasaray star Gheorghe “Gică” Hagi.

The first leg will be played in Romania on either 25 or 26 July and second leg a week later in (hopefully) Nicosia.

The three teams competing in the Europa League, Apollon, AEK and AEL all won their first leg games and are favourites to progress to the third round.

Cup winners Apollon, were drawn to play against the winners of the game between Aberdeen and Široki Brijeg from Boznia & Herzegovina while AEL will come up against Austria Vienna.

Finally, AEK will face either the Macedonian team Rabotnicki or Dinamo Minsk from Belarus.

The first leg games will be played on Thursday July 26 and the return games a week later on August 3.

Champions League second qualifying first round results:
Apoel 1 – 0 Dudelange
Viitorul (automatic qualification)

Europa League second qualifying first round results:
Progres 0 – 1 AEL
Austria Wien (automatic qualification)

Cork 0 – 1 AEK
Rabotnicki 1 – 1 Dinamo Minsk

Apollon 3 – 0 Zaria
Aberdeen 1 – 1 Siroki Brijeg

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