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UEFA Champions League: Reviewing The Qualifying Rounds

Rostov's players celebrate after winning the Champions League football match between Belgian team RSC Anderlecht and Russian team FC Rostov in Brussels, on August 3, 2016. / AFP / Belga / BRUNO FAHY / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)

While the international club friendlies are wrapping up, the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League is already in full swing. A number of teams from the lower leagues have been duking it out for spots in the group stages. Here is the list of teams that have been allocated to different stages in the tournament.

We start off with the first qualifying round. Eight teams took part in this tournament, with Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps providing a minor shock. The first qualifying round took place on June 28 (first leg) and July 5 and 6 (second leg).

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Flora Tallinn Estonia 2–3 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 2–1 0–2
The New Saints Wales 5–1 San Marino Tre Penne 2–1 3–0
Valletta Malta 2–2 (a) Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 1–0 1–2
FC Santa Coloma Andorra 0–3 Armenia Alashkert 0–0 0–3

In the second qualifying round, 30 teams joined the first qualifying round winners for a spot in the next stage. Notable victories came from ICC participants Celtic, who happened to beat the aformentioned Lincoln Red Imps; Belarussian giants BATE Borisov; group stage regulars APOEL of Cyprus and Danish dynamos FC Copenhagen. The first legs of this stage took place on July 12 and 13, while the second legs concluded on July 19 and 20.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Qarabağ Azerbaijan 3–1 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 2–0 1–1
Hapoel Be’er Sheva Israel 3–2 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 3–2 0–0
Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia 6–6 (a) Slovakia Trenčín 3–4 3–2
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 3–0 Latvia Liepāja 1–0 2–0
Vardar Republic of Macedonia 3–5 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–2 2–3
The New Saints Wales 0–3 Cyprus APOEL 0–0 0–3
Zrinjski Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–3 Poland Legia Warsaw 1–1 0–2
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 5–0 Montenegro Mladost Podgorica 2–0 3–0
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 3–1 Armenia Alashkert 2–0 1–1
Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuania 1–2 Kazakhstan Astana 0–0 1–2
Partizani Tirana Albania 2–2 (3–1 p) Hungary Ferencváros 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
BATE Borisov Belarus 4–2 Finland SJK 2–0 2–2
Valletta Malta 2–4 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–2 1–2
Rosenborg Norway 5–4 Sweden IFK Norrköping 3–1 2–3
Dundalk Republic of Ireland 3–3 (a) Iceland FH 1–1 2–2
Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar 1–3 Scotland Celtic 1–0 0–3
Crusaders Northern Ireland 0–9 Denmark Copenhagen 0–3 0–6

We move on to the third qualifying round. This stage is split into two sections: the Champions Route for league champions and the League Route for league non-champions. The losing teams in both sections are relegated to the UEFA Europa League play-off round. The first legs took place on July 26 and 27, while the second legs wrapped up on August 2 and 3.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Route
Rosenborg Norway 2–4 Cyprus APOEL 2–1 0–3
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 3–0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–0 1–0
Olympiacos Greece  0-1 Israel Hapoel Be’er Sheva 0–0 0-1
Astana Kazakhstan  2-3 Scotland Celtic 1–1 1-2
Trenčín Slovakia  0-1 Poland Legia Warsaw 0–1 0-0
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic 1–1 (a) Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–0 1–1
Astra Giurgiu Romania  1-4 Denmark Copenhagen 1–1 0-3
BATE Borisov Belarus 1–3 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 1–0 0–3
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 6–4 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–2 4–2 (a.e.t.)
Partizani Tirana Albania  0-3 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–1 0-2
League Route
Ajax Netherlands  3-2 Greece PAOK 1–1 2-1
Sparta Prague Czech Republic  1-3 Romania Steaua București 1–1 0-2
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine  2-2 (2-4 penalties) Switzerland Young Boys 2–0 0-2
Rostov Russia  4-2 Belgium Anderlecht 2–2 2-0
Fenerbahçe Turkey  3-4 France Monaco 2–1 1-3

A massive upset took place in this round, with Dundalk FC of the League of Ireland delivering a scalp of the similarly aforementioned BATE Borisov, 3-1 on aggregate. In fact, you can watch the full match of the upset of the tournament so far by clicking the play button below.

So now we have the playoff round next. The draw will be on Aug. 5. We will provide you with first and second leg results from this round as well. The winners advance to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage, while the losers advance to the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League.

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