2017-18 UEFA Champions League Thread

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  1. Brend

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    Well, the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds kick off next week...​

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    The 17-18 final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on 26 May 2018.

    Defending champion: Real Madrid (SPA)

    Current round in bold, future rounds minimized.​

    Qualifying Round 1 - Matches to be played between 27th June and 5th July:
    Víkingur (FRO) v Trepça '89 (KOS)
    Hibernians (MLT) v FCI Tallinn (EST)
    Alashkert (ARM) v FC Santa Coloma (AND)
    The New Saints (WAL) v Europa (GIB)
    Linfield (NIR) v La Fiorita (SMR)

    Qualifying Round 2 - Matches to be played between 11th and 19th July:

    Group 1
    APOEL (CYP) v Dudelange (LUX)
    Žalgiris (LTU) v Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)
    Qarabağ (AZE) v Samtredia (GEO)
    Partizan (SRB) v Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)
    Hibernians (MLT) v Salzburg (AUT)

    Group 2
    Sheriff (MDA) v Kukës (ALB)
    Astana (KAZ) v Spartaks Jūrmala (LVA)
    BATE Borisov (BLR) v Alashkert (ARM)
    Žilina (SVK) v København (DEN)
    Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v Budapest Honvéd (HUN)
    Rijeka (CRO) v The New Saints (WAL)

    Group 3
    Malmö (SWE) v Vardar (MKD)
    Zrinjski (BIH) v Maribor (SVN)
    Dundalk (IRL) v Rosenborg (NOR)
    FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v Víkingur (FRO)
    Linfield (NIR) v Celtic (SCO)
    IFK Mariehamn (FIN) v Legia Warszawa (POL)

    Qualifying Round 3 - Matches to be played between 15th July and 2nd August:
    League route

    FCSB (ROU) v Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
    Nice (FRA) v Ajax (NED)
    Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) v Young Boys (SUI)
    AEK Athens (GRE) v CSKA Moskva (RUS)
    Club Brugge (BEL) v İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR)


    Champions route

    Group 1

    Slavia Praha (CZE) v BATE Borisov (BLR)
    Astana (KAZ) v Legia Warszawa (POL)
    Maribor (SVN) v FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)
    København (DEN) v Vardar (MKD)
    Celtic (SCO) v Rosenborg (NOR)
    Group 2
    Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v Ludogorets (BUL)
    Viitorul (ROU) v APOEL (CYP)
    Salzburg (AUT) v Rijeka (CRO)
    Qarabağ (AZE) v Sheriff (MDA)
    Partizan (SRB) v Olympiacos (GRE)





    Play-Off Round - Matches to be played on August 15/16 and August 22/23

    Champions route draw:
    Qarabağ (AZE) v København (DEN)
    APOEL (CYP) v Slavia Praha (CZE)
    Olympiacos (GRE) v Rijeka (CRO)
    Celtic (SCO) v Astana (KAZ)
    Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v Maribor (SVN)

    League route draw:
    İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR) v Sevilla (ESP)
    Young Boys (SUI) v CSKA Moskva (RUS)
    Napoli (ITA) v Nice (FRA)
    Hoffenheim (GER) v Liverpool (ENG)
    Sporting CP (POR) v FCSB (ROU)


    Group Stage:

    Group A: Benfica (POR), Man United (ENG), FC Basel (SUI), CSKA Moskva (RUS)

    Group B: Bayern Munich (GER), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Anderlecht (BEL), Celtic (SCO)

    Group C: Chelsea (ENG), Atletico Madrid (ESP), Roma (ITA), Qarabag FK (AZE)

    Group D: Juventus (ITA), Barcelona (ESP), Olympiakos (GRE), Sporting CP (POR)

    Group E: Spartak Moscow (RUS), Sevilla (ESP), Liverpool (ENG), NK Maribor (SVN)

    Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Man City (ENG), Napoli (ITA), Feyenoord (NED)

    Group G: Monaco (FRA), FC Porto (POR), Besiktas (TUR), RB Leipzig (GER)

    Group H: Real Madrid (ESP), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Tottenham (ENG), Apoel FC (CYP)
     
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  2. Brend

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    Last night's 1st leg results:

    Víkingur 2 Trepça '89 1
    Hibernians 2 FCI Tallinn 0
    Alashkert 1 v FC Santa Coloma 0
    The New Saints 1 v Europa 2

    Terrible result for TNS.
     
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    :lol:

    They lost their manager recently so everything is a bit up in the air at the moment. All they need to do is win the second leg by two clear goals.

    Forza Europa!
     
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    Just pulling a Celtic by losing to a team from GIB. :D
     
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    And they've been dominant in their domestic division by a country mile for the last 5 years. And they play in green and white hoops.

    Wait a minute...
     
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    Yesterday's remaining 1st leg tie ended:

    Linfield 1 v La Fiorita 0

    An 89th minute winner spares blushes for Linfield. They'll take a 1 goal lead to San Marino.
     
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    Tonight's second leg results:

    FCi Tanlinn 0 Hibernians 1 - Hibernians progress to next round(3-0 agg.)
    Trepca 1 Vikingur 4 - Vikingur progress to next round (6-2 agg.)
    Europa 1 TNS 3 -TNS progress to next round(4-3 agg.)
    La Fiorita 0 Linfield 0 - Linfield progress to next round (1-0 agg.)
    FC Santa Colma 1 Alashkert 1 - Alashkert progress to next round (2-1 agg.)
     
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    They'll be dancing on the streets of Belfast burning tyres on the Shankill Road tonight!
     
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    I hope Celtic ragdoll them but lord knows I don't take anything for granted with this team. :lol:

    Celtic have opted to take no tickets for the away leg. Much to dismay of many Ireland-based Celtic fans who are being denied the chance to see their team. The match will also be played on July 14th.
     
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    This Week's qualifiers to date:

    Tuesday:
    Qarabag 5 Samtredia 0
    Hibernians 0 Salzburg 3
    Rijeka 2 TNS 0
    Partizan 2 Podgorica 0

    Wednesday:
    Jurmala 0 Astana 1
    Zrinjski 1 Maribor 2
    Malmo 1 Vardar 1
    Beer Sheva 2 Honved 1
    Sheriff 1 Kukes 0
    APOEL 1 Dudelange 0
    BATE 1 Alashkert 1
    Mariehamn 0 Legia 3
    Zalgris 2 Ludogrets 1
    Zilina 1 Copenhaagen 3
    Dundalk 1 Rosenborg 1
    FH 1 Vikingur 1

    Linfield play Celtic tomorrow at 5PM BST.
     
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    Celtic score two goals.

    Linfield launch one glass bottle at Leigh Griffiths.



    Celtic 2 Linfield 0
     
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    Qualifying Round 2 Results:

    Astana 1 Spartaks Jurmala 1 - Astana progress to next round (2-1 agg.)
    Vardar 3 Malmo 1 - Vardar progress to next round (4-2 agg.)
    Alashkert 1 BATE 3 - Bate progress to next round (4-2 agg.)
    Samtredia 0 Qarabag 1 - Qarabag progress to next round (0-6 agg.)
    Vikingur 0 FH 2 - FH progress to next round (3-1 agg.)
    TNS 1 Rijeka 5 - Rijeka progress to next round (7-1 agg)
    Buducnost Podgorica 0 Partizan 0 - Partizan progress to next round (2-0 agg.)

    Dundelange 0 APOEL 1 - APOEL progress to next round (2-0 agg.)
    Rosenborg 2 Dundalk 1 - Rosenborg progress to next round (3-2 agg.)
    Copenhaagen 1 Zilina 2 - Copenhaagen progress to next round (4-3 agg.)
    Kukes 2 Sheriff 1 - Sheriff progress to next round (2-2 agg.)
    Ludogrets 4 Zalgris 1 - Ludogrets progress to next round (5-3 agg.)
    Maribor 1 Zrinjski 1 - Maribor progress to next round (3-2 agg.)
    Salzburg 3 Hiberninans 0 - Salzburg progress to next round (6-0 agg.)
    Legia 6 Mariehamn 0 - Legia progress to next round (9-0 agg.)
    Celtic 4 Linfield 0 - Celtic progress to next round (6-0 agg.)
    Honved 2 Hapoel Beer Sheva 3 - Beer Sheva progress to next round (5-3 agg.)


    OP updated with Qualifying Round 3 fixtures.
     
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    Last night's qualifying result:

    Qarabağ 2 Sheriff 1 - Qarabag progress to play-off round (2-1 agg.)
     
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    Tonight's qualifier results:

    League route

    FCSB 4 Viktoria Plzeň 1 - FCSB progress to play-off round (6-3 agg.)
    Nice 2 Ajax 2 - Nice progress to play-off round (3*-3 agg.)
    Dynamo Kyiv 0 Young Boys 2 - Young Boys progress to play-off round (3-3* agg.)
    AEK Athens 0 CSKA Moskva 1 - CSKA progress to play-off round (3-0 agg.)
    Club Brugge 0 İstanbul Başakşehir 2 - Istanbul progress to play-off round (5-3 agg.)

    Champions route

    Group 1

    Slavia Praha 1 BATE Borisov 2 - Slavia progress to play-off round (2*-2 agg.)
    Astana 0 Legia Warszawa 1 - Legia progress to play-off round (3-2 agg.)
    Maribor 1 FH Hafnarfjördur 0 - Maribor progress to play-off round (2-0 agg.)
    København 4 Vardar 1 - Copenhagen progress to play-off round (4-2 agg.)
    Celtic 1 Rosenborg 0 - Celtic progress to play-off round (1-0 agg.)

    Group 2
    Hapoel Beer-Sheva 1 Ludogorets 3 - Beer Sheva progress to play-off round (3*-3 agg.)
    Viitorul 1 APOEL 4 - APOEL progress to play-off round (4-1 agg.)
    Salzburg 0 Rijeka 0 - Rijeka progress to play-off round (1-1* agg,)
    Partizan 2 Olympiacos 2 - Olympiacos progress to play-off round (5-3 agg.)
     
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    Deep breath if your a Celtic fan eh?
     
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    Oh for sure. Absolute nailbiter of a match. Not having a striker for 145 minutes of the tie was brutal but when Griffiths came on we looked a lot more comfortable. A lot of injuries dealt with too and getting an away win showed a good amount of steel. As soon as Rosenborg started to attack their fragility showed. Onward to the next round, just happy to have guaranteed at least EL footie next year!
     
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    2nd leg of AC Milan and Craiova today at a sold out San Siro.
     
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    Say what now? Italians showing up to a game that isn't a derby or final?

    Times are changing. :lol:
     
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    Today's play-off round draw takes place at 11AM BST.

    I'm hoping Celtic avoid Beer Sheva, they are a very strong side.
     
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    OP updated. Another trip to Astana for Celtic, happy to avoid Reijka and Beer Sheva. Going to be a very tense affair.
     
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    Any chance we can talk about the Super Cup here?.

    Always been unsure of where we can talk about it..
     
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    Sure! I'd say General football chat would cover it off though? After all, I talk about Scottish football in there. :D
     
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    I thought it would be best to talk about it here as there is the current Champions League holders taking part plus two of this years Champions League participants.

    Anywhoo, the game is tomorrow night between Real Madrid and Man United in Macedonia, I don't have too much hope for my lot but as long as we play our part ill be happy. There will be drinks breaks during the match as most of Southern and Eastern Europe as in the midst of a massive heatwave.
     
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    It's been 35-39 in Bratislava, which is in central Europe for what it's worth, and believe me it's tough to play sports here at the moment. Skopje is 2-3 hours further south so if it's even warmer there I don't blame the lads for wanting a drink during the game.

    Then again, you think ahead to the WC in Qatar and you think a player might die of heat exhaustion when a Middle Eastern summer is 45+ in humid conditions; would make a change from the slaves dying in construction accidents, I suppose.
     
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    And to think our entire football season is in our summer time where 40+ degree days are not unusual.
     
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    That was a helluva game.
     
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    Lindelof, Matic and Lukaku all start for United, Bale does start for Real but Ronaldo is on the bench.
     
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    2 very strong squads named for the starting 11.

    Hopefully it will be an interesting and entertaining match, as for me I hope both teams win. :lol:
     
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    That's how a lot of our 6 a-side games end up, to be fair. :lol:

     
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    Real Madrid win the Super Cup 2-1 against Manchester United.

    United were good in the first 10 minutes, but the rest of the first half was horrible. Real started off slow but showed improving form as the half progressed.

    United did make a decent-to-good second half and Lukaku scored United's goal.

    Casemiro and Isco score for Real Madrid. Isco's goal was also after some beatiful play with Benzema to Isco to Bale with a smart pass back to Isco to put it in the corner of the net. Bale should have scored but smashed it on the underside of the crossbar and out.

    Pretty entertaining match, but alot of progress ahead for both teams to compete at their top level.