Friday 09 August 2013

Arsenal face Fenerbahce in Champions League

Spurs to play Dynamo Tbilisi and Swansea travel to Romania in UEFA Europa League play-offs

Theo Walcott scored when Arsenal beat Fenerbahce 5-2 five years ago

Arsenal have been drawn against Turkish side Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish league last season but await a final ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over whether they will be allowed to go into the tournament proper this season, having been banned by UEFA for match-fixing in domestic competition.

Arsenal will travel first to Istanbul on Wednesday, 21 August and the second leg will take place six days later at the Emirates Stadium. The two sides met in the UEFA Champions League group stages five years ago, when Arsenal won 5-2 in Istanbul and were held to a goalless draw at the Emirates. Former Barclays Premier League players at Fenerbahce are Dirk Kuyt, Raulo Meireles and Emre.

In the UEFA Europa League, Tottenham Hotspur, who reached the last eight the previous season, have been drawn to play Dinamo Tbilisi in the play-off round.

Swansea City, who reached this stage with a 4-0 aggregate win over Malmo in qualifying on Thursday night, will face Petrolul Ploiesti, of Romania. Swansea will be at home for their first leg, on 22 August, and travel to Romania a week later.

Spurs will travel to Georgia on 22 August, before the return leg at White Hart Lane a week later. The two teams faced each 40 years ago in the UEFA Cup, with Spurs winning 6-2 on aggregate.

UEFA Champions League play-off

Dinamo Zagreb v FK Austria Vienna, Ludogorets v Basle, Plzen v Maribor, Shakhtyor Karaganda v Celtic, Steaua Bucharest v Legia Warsaw, Lyon v Real Sociedad, Schalke 04 v Metalist Kharkiv, Pacos Ferreira v Zenit St Petersburg, PSV v AC Milan, Fenerbahce v Arsenal.

Ties to be played 20/21 and 27/28 August.

UEFA Europa League play-off draw

Kuban Krasnodar v Feyenoord, Zulte Waregem v Apoel Nicosia, Rapid Vienna v Dila Gori, Pandurii Targu-Jiu v Braga, Tromso v Besiktas, Apollon Limassol v Nice, Aktobe v Dynamo Kiev, Swansea City v Petrolul Ploiesti, Atromitos v AZ, FH Hafnarfjordur v Genk, IF Elfsborg v FC Nordsjaelland, Slask Wroclaw v Sevilla, Red Bull Salzburg v VMFD Zalgiris, FK Karabakh v Eintracht Frankfurt, Minsk v Standard Liege, Jablonec v Real Betis, Rijeka v Stuttgart, Chornomorets v Skenderbeu, Maccabi Tel-Aviv v PAOK Salonika, St Gallen v Spartak Moscow, Molde v Rubin Kazan, Vojvodina v FC Sheriff, Trabzonspor v FK Kukesi, Esbjerg v Saint Etienne, Grasshoppers v Fiorentina, Maccabi Haifa v FC Astra Giurgiu, Udinese v Slovan Liberec, Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham Hotspur, Estoril Praia v FC Pasching, Nomme Kalju v Dnipro, Partizan Belgrade v FC Thun.

Ties to be played 22 and 29 August.

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Key Points

  • Arsenal are drawn against Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League play-off
  • Tottenham Hotspur to play Dynamo Tbilisi in the UEFA Europa League play-off
  • Swansea City will face Petrolul Ploiesti, of Romania, in same competition