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UPDATE - Basaksehir to face Sevilla in Champions League play-off

UPDATE - Basaksehir to face Sevilla in Champions League play-off
Istanbul club faces final hurdle to reach group stages


By Satuk Bugra Kutlugun

ANKARA (AA) - Istanbul’s Medipol Basaksehir are to play Spanish side Sevilla in a Champions League play-off round following a draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday.

The two-leg fixture is one of 10 that will decide which teams to go through to the Champions League group stages.

The first leg will be played either Aug. 15 or 16, in Istanbul’s Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

Basaksehir eliminated Belgium’s Club Brugge in the third qualifying round on Wednesday evening with a 5-3 aggregate over two games.

The club made several signings over the summer, adding Eljero Elia from Feyenoord, Aurelien Chedjou from Galatasaray, Mevlut Erdinc from Hannover, Gael Clichy from Manchester City, Tunay Torun from Kasimpasa and Gokhan Inler from Besiktas.

They have also recently signed Kerim Frei from Birmingham City and Manuel da Costa from Olympiacos.

Sevilla have added defender Simon Kjaer from Fenerbahce on a fee of €12.5 million ($15 million).

In other matchups, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will return to Germany as his team face Hoffenheim. Italian powerhouse Napoli will face OGC Nice, who finished third in the French league last season.

The first legs of the draws will be played on Aug. 15 and 16; the second legs will be played on Aug. 22 and 23.

Here are the full draws:

Champions route:

Qarabag (AZE) v Kobenhavn (DEN)

APOEL (Greek Cypriot Administration) v Slavia Praha (CZE)

Olympiacos (GRE) v Rijeka (CRO)

Celtic (SCO) v Astana (KAZ)

Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v Maribor (SVN)

League route:

Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR) v Sevilla (ESP)

Young Boys (SUI) v CSKA Moscow (RUS)

Napoli (ITA) v Nice (FRA)

Hoffenheim (GER) v Liverpool (ENG)

Sporting CP (POR) v FC Steaua Bucuresti (ROU)

source: News Feed
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