UCL play-off draws : Liverpool get tricky German test

Champions League By: Ayodeji Tunde | 04/08/2017

Liverpool have been drawn to face German side Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off.

The Reds are making a return to Champions League football after a long spell and they will be keen to make it into the group stage proper.

On their part, Celtic will be taking on Astana, the Kazakh side FC who they beat at the third qualifying round last season, with a narrow 3-2 win on aggregate.

In some of the other pairings, Mario Balotelli's Nice had the toughest draw in landing Napoli.

For the Nigerian duo of John Ogu and Anthony Nwaekeme, they have their work well cut out as they will be battling it out with Slovenia champions, NK Maribor

Full fixtures

League route

Istanbul Basaksehir v Sevilla

Young Boys v CSKA Moscow

Napoli v Nice

Hoffenheim v Liverpool

Sporting v FCSB

Champions route


Celtic v FC Astana

Qarabag v Copenhagen

APOEL v Slavia Prague

Olympiacos v HNK Riejka

Hapoel Beer-Sheva v NK Maribor