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UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round: How's it going, how's it going |  European League

UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round: How’s it going, how’s it going | European League

The UEFA Europa League suffers from a Major renovation in 2021/22. The group stage has been reduced from 48 to 32 teams and there will be a knockout before the round of 16.

The standings have also changed a lot, with eight knockouts in the third round and ten in the playoffs. It now started later than before, on August 3, and includes teams from the 15 highest-ranked associations (mostly cup winners) and teams eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.

If the teams pass the play-offs, they will secure their place in the 32-team group stage Together with the 10 clubs arriving from the UEFA Champions League and the 12 automatically ranked clubs. The defeated teams advance to the European Conference League. Alashkhart’s qualification for the UEFA Europa League means that it will be the first Armenian club to participate in the group stage of one of UEFA’s major club competitions.

season schedule


first leg matches

Tuesday 17 August
Red Star (SRB) – CFR Cluj (ROU)

Wednesday August 18
Celtic (SCO) – AZ Alkmaar (NED)

Thursday 19 August
Slavia Prague (CZE) – Legia Warsaw (Poland)
Omonoia (CYP) – Royal Antwerp (Belgium)
Randers (DEN) – Galatasaray (TUR)
Mora (SVN) – Sturm Graz (Australia)
Fenerbahce (Turkey) – Helsinki (Finland)

Rangers (SCO) – Alashkert (Armenia)
Olympiacos (GRE) – Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Rapid de Vienna (Australia) – Zorya Luhansk (UK)

The top ten goals in the European League 2020/21

Matches back

Thursday 26 August
Alashkert (Armenia) – Rangers (SCO)
Helsinki (Finland) – Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Zorya Luhansk (UK) – Rapid de Viena (AUT)
Galatasaray (TUR) – Randers (DEN)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) – Celtic (SCO)

CFR Cluj (ROU) – Red Star (SRB)
Slovan Bratislava (SVK) – Olympiacos (GRE)
Warsaw Legion (Poland) – Slavia Prague (CZE)
Royal Antwerp (Belgium) – Omnoia (CYP)
Sturm Graz (Australia) – Mora (SVN)

The 10 winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage (August 27 draw), where 16 out of 32 teams are already known. The vanquished will reach UEFA Europa Conference League Group Stage.

The guest target rule has expired

Rule changed for 2021/2022:
A draw after the second leg will spend extra time and penalties if necessary, regardless of the number of goals scored by a team away from home.

Third qualifying round

Matches back

Thursday August 12
Ashkert (Armenia) – Kairat Almaty (KAZ) 3-2, tp, Global 3-2
HJK Helsinki (FIN) – Check (AZE) 3-0, globally 5-2
Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) – Rapid de Vienna (AUT) 2-1, global 2-4
┼Żalgiris Vilnius (LTU) – Mora (SVN) 0-1, universal 0-1
St. Johnston (SCO) – Galatasaray (TUR) 2-4, universal 3-5
Celtic (SCO) Jablonec (CZ) 3-0, global 7-2

Tuesday 10 August
Flora Tallinn (EST) – Omonoia (CYP) 2-1 result, 2-2 on aggregate, Omonoya win 4-5 on penalties
Slovan Bratislava (SVK) – Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) 1-1, Global 4-2

The eight winning teams advanced to qualifiers. The defeated teams advance to the qualifying rounds from European Conference League.

first leg matches

Thursday August 5
Omonoia (CYP) – Flora Tallinn (EST) 1-0
Mora (SVN) – Algiers Vilnius (LTU) 0-0
Khairat Almaty (Kazakhstan) – Ichkert (Armenia) 0-0
Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) – Slovan Bratislava (SVK) 1-3
Jablonec (CZE) – Celtic (SCO) 2-4

Vienna Express (AUT) – Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) 3-0
Galatasaray (Turkey) – St. Johnston (SCO) 1-1

Tuesday August 3
Neftchi (AZE) – Helsinki (Finland) 2-2

COVID Special Rules

Keep in mind the special rules applicable to the qualification and disqualification phases of the competition due to COVID-19, It can be found here.

With regard to the admission of traveling fans to matches, More information can be found here.

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