The final nine teams booked their places in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on Wednesday.

The likes of Ajax, Celtic and Dinamo Zagreb won their second qualifying round ties this week to move a step closer to the group stage. Next up is the third qualifying round, where the competition continues to be split into two paths.

Champions path


Arnór Ingvi Traustason enjoys sending Malmö through©Getty Images

Celtic (SCO) v AEK Athens (GRE)
Salzburg (AUT) v Shkëndija (MKD)
Crvena zvezda (SRB) v Spartak Trnava (SVK)
Qarabağ (AZE) v BATE Borisov (BLR)
Astana (KAZ) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Malmö (SWE) v Vidi (HUN)

League path

Standard Liège (BEL) v Ajax (NED)
Benfica (POR) v Fenerbahçe (TUR)
Slavia Praha (CZE) v Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
PAOK (GRE) v Spartak Moskva (RUS)

Eight of the 20 third qualifying round participants are entering at this stage; the remaining 12 have come through qualifying. First legs will take place on Tuesday 7 or Wednesday 8 August, with the returns all set for Tuesday 14 August.

Astana celebrate their progress


Astana celebrate their progress©Getty Images

Route to the group stage

6 August: play-off draw
7/8 August: third qualifying round first legs
14 August: third qualifying round second legs
21/22 August: play-off first legs
28/29 August: play-off second legs
30 August: group stage draw
18 September: group stage begins


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