UEFA Champions League playoff round fixtures announced
The UEFA Champions League announced the draws for its 2014-15 playoff round fixtures on Friday. The winner of each two-leg aggregate series will advance to the group stage.
The first legs will take place on either Aug. 19 or 20 and the second legs will take place on Aug. 26 or 27.
The draws are as follows:
Besiktas vs. Arsenal (Aug. 19/27)
Standard Liege vs. Zenit St Petersburg (Aug. 20/26)
FC Copenhagen vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Aug. 19/27)
Lille vs. Porto (Aug. 20/26)
Napoli vs. Athletic Bilbao (Aug. 19/27)
Maribor vs. Celtic (Aug. 20/26)
Salzburg vs. Malmo (Aug. 19/27)
Aalborg vs. Apoel Nicosia (Aug. 20/26)
Steaua Bucharest vs. Ludogorets (Aug. 19/27)
Slovan Bratislava vs. BATE Borisov (Aug. 20/26)
Several teams have already earned a spot in the group stage, including Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and defending champion Real Madrid.
- Molly Geary