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Champions League draw: Crusaders land Copenhagen, Celtic could face Lincoln

By Stuart McKinley

Published 20/06/2016

Crusaders celebrate winning back-to-back Danske Premiership titles. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Crusaders celebrate winning back-to-back Danske Premiership titles. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Crusaders will play Danish champions FC Copenhagen in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

The back-to-back Danske Bank Premiership winners are scheduled to have home advantage for the first leg of the tie on either July 12 or 13, with the return meeting a week later.

Those order of the ties is, however, subject to change.

Crusaders made the second round last season after beating Levadia Tallinn of Estonia in the first round, but this year they progress automatically to round two.

Copenhagen have faced Irish League opposition before, beating Cliftonville in the Uefa Cup in 2008.

Linfield fans will remember a famous Uefa Cup tie against the Danes in 1993, when the Blues led 3-0 from the first leg at Windsor Park, but lost 4-0 in the return.

Elsewhere Celtic have been drawn against either Estonian side Flora Talinn or Lincoln of Gibraltar.

The tie will be Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge as the Hoops' manager.

The final of this year's Champions League takes place in Cardiff.

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