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C/League 3rd Qualifying round: Eagles stars battle Helsinki/Malmo

Rangers duo Aribo and balogun


Super Eagles duo Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun will face HJK Helsinki in the Champions League third qualifying round following the draw made in Nyon Switzerland on Monday.

Rangers were pitched against Helsinki just as two-time former European champions Benfica were paired with Spartak Moscow

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Rangers who are current Scottish champions have been engaged in pre-season friendlies lately as part of tune up to coming season and schedules

Rangers’ fixtures with Malmo or HJK Helsinki will be their first in the Champions League since 2011, while they have not reached the group stage since 2010.

In other fixtures Genk meet Shakhtar Donetsk while 2004 runners-up Monaco take on either Rapid Vienna or Sparta Prague.

Sides that win at the third qualifying round stage progress to the play-off round, the draw for which takes place on August 2.

Losing sides at the third qualifying round stage drop into the Europa League play-off round.

Champions League third qualifying round draw, first legs Aug 3-4, second legs Aug 10:

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) or Omonoia (CYP) v Legia Warszawa (POL) or Flora Tallinn (EST), Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) or CFR Cluj (ROU) v Slovan Bratislava (SVK) or Young Boys (SUI), Olympiacos (GRE) or Neftci  (AZE) v Mura (SVN) or Ludogorets (BUL), Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or Red Star Belgrade (SRB) v Alashkert (ARM) or Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA), Malmo (SWE) or HJK Helsinki (FIN) v Rangers (SCO), Ferencvaros (HUN) or Zalgiris Vilnius (LTU) v Slavia Prague (CZE), PSV Eindhoven (NED) or Galatasaray (TUR) v Celtic (SCO) or Midtjylland (DEN), Spartak Moscow (RUS) v Benfica (POR), Genk (BEL) v Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Monaco (FRA) v Rapid Wien (AUT) or Sparta Praha (CZE)

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