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Crusaders discover potential opponents for Europa League third qualifying round

By Gareth Hanna

Crusaders travel to Slovenia this week for the first leg of their Europa Leaue second qualifying round tie against Olympija Ljubljana but already they know who they will face should they win.

The draw for the third round took place on Monday morning, with the Crues or Ljubljana drawn against either BATE Borisov (Belarus) or HJK Helsinki (Finland).

Now they won't face the winners of that tie, rather it will be the losers as BATE and HJK face off in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

Crusaders, of course, are playing in the Europa League after dropping into the competition care of their Champions League first qualifying round defeat to Ludogorets. Now they await their opponents suffering similar defeat.

Crusaders take on Olympija Ljubljana in Slovenia on Thursday before hosting the return leg on Thursday, August 2 at 8pm.

Europa League third qualifying round draw in full

Champions Path - Champions League ties in bold. Losers will enter Europa League.

Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)/Vidi (HUN) v Zrinjski (BIH)/Valletta (MLT)

Legia Warszawa (POL)/Spartak Trnava (SVK) v F91 Dudelange (LUX)/Drita (KOS)

Sutjeska (MNE)/Alashkert (ARM) v CFR Cluj (ROU) v Malmö (SWE)

Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) v Crusaders (NIR) v BATE Borisov (BLR)/HJK Helsinki (FIN)

Shkëndija (MKD)/Sheriff (MDA) v FC Santa Coloma (AND)/Valur Reykjavík (ISL)

Cork City (IRL) v Celtic (SCO)/Rosenborg (NOR)

Spartaks Jūrmala (LVA)/La Fiorita (SMR) v Red Star Belgrade (SRB)/Sūduva (LTU)

The New Saints (WAL)/Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) v Astana (KAZ)/Midtjylland (DEN)

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)/Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v APOEL (CYP)/Flora Tallinn (EST)

Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO)/Víkingur (FRO) v Kukës (ALB)/Qarabağ (AZE)

Main Path - Champions League ties in bold. Losers will enter Europa League.

Tobol Kostanay (KAZ) or Pyunik (ARM) vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) or Radnicki Niš (SRB)

Zorya Luhansk (UKR) vs Braga (POR)

Hibernian (SCO) or Asteras Tripolis (GRE) vs Molde (NOR) or Laç (ALB)

Djurgården (SWE) or Mariupol (UKR) vs Ventspils (LVA) or Bordeaux (FRA)

Dunajská Streda (SVK) or Dinamo Minsk (BLR) vs Zenit (RUS)

Hapoel Haifa (ISR) or FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) vs Atalanta (ITA) or Sarajevo (BIH)

Hajduk Split (CRO) or Slavia Sofia (BUL) vs Rudar Velenje (SVN) or FCSB (ROU)

CSKA-Sofia (BUL) or Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT) vs Stjarnan (ISL) or København (DEN)

Ajax (NED) or Sturm Graz (AUT) vs Dundalk (IRL) or AEK Larnaca (CYP)

Genk (BEL) or Fola Esch (LUX) vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) or Lech Poznań (POL)

Sevilla (ESP) or Újpest (HUN) vs Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) or Vaduz (LIE)

Olympiacos (GRE) vs Luzern (SUI)

St. Gallen (SUI) or Sarpsborg (NOR) vs HNK Rijeka (CRO)

Viitorul (ROU) or Vitesse (NED) vs PAOK (GRE) or Basel (SUI)

Sigma Olomouc (CZE) or Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or AZ Alkmaar (NED)

Osijek (CRO) or Rangers (SCO) vs Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO) or Maribor (SVN)

Istanbul Başakşehir (TUR) vs Aberdeen (SCO) or Burnley (ENG)

Nordsjælland (DEN) or AIK (SWE) vs Partizan (SRB) or Trakai (LTU)

Balzan (MLT) or Slovan Bratislava (SVK) vs Rapid Wien (AUT)

Górnik Zabrze (POL) or Trenčín (SVK) vs Feyenoord (NED)

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