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UEFA Champions League qualifying preview

Apoel Nicosia v Ajax - UEFA Champions League

NICOSIA, CYPRUS - AUGUST 20: (L-R)Sergino Dest of Ajax, Andre Vidigal of Apel FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Apoel Nicosia v Ajax at the GSP Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Nicosia Cyprus (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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We’re so close to Thursday and the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, but six spots are still in play.

Here’s the state of play in all six ties.


Tuesday
All matches at 3 p.m. ET

Krasnodar returns home knowing it needs a historic result to have any hope of the group stage. Olympiacos has a 4-goal lead and has not allowed a goal in a competitive game in 540 minutes.

Red Star Belgrade holds the cards as Young Boys return the visit from a 2-2 first leg in Switzerland. A win obviously does the trick, but so will 0-0 or 1-1 draws.

Croatian powers Dinamo Zagreb hold a 2-0 edge after their first leg win over Rosenborg.


Wednesday
All matches at 3 p.m. ET

American teen Sergino Dest and Ajax didn’t manage a goal in Cyprus, but will like their chances of beating APOEL Nicosia for a place in the next stage.

Club Brugge and Slavia Prague return home from first legs with 1-0 advantages. Austrian side LASK will try to take care of Brugge in Belgium, while CFR Cluj has the challenge of overturning the Czech side’s one-goal advantage.

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