AZ meets Dinamo Kiev in preliminary round CL, Willem II in EL against Niederkorn

AZ has to compete against Dinamo Kiev in the third preliminary round of the Champions League. That just revealed the draw in Nyon. The game in Ukraine – because of the corona crisis, there is no home and away game – will be played on Tuesday, September 15 or Wednesday, September 16.

When winning in Kiev, AZ meets the winner of KAA Ghent-Rapid Wien in the playoffs of the Champions League in the double confrontation. If he loses, Arne Slot’s team ends up in the group stage of the Europa League.

AZ barely settled in the previous round with Viktoria Plzen. Only deep into the extra time the Alkmaarders came alongside thanks to a penalty kick used by Teun Koopmeiners, after which the victory (3-1) was secured in the extension.

Number two from Ukraine

Dinamo Kiev is fifteen times champion of Ukraine and took the country title in the Soviet Union thirteen times. The last championship, however, dates back to 2016. Since then there had to settle for second place in the final ranking behind Sjachtar Donetsk. This year the backlog was no less than fourteen points.

Dinamo Kiev, who captured the national cup last season, won the 1975 and 1986 Europa Cup II, the then European club tournament for cup winners.

The Ukrainians faced a Dutch club three times before in the preliminary round of the Champions League. In both 2010 and 2018 Ajax drew the longest end, but Dinamo Kiev were too strong for Feyenoord in two games in 2012.

At Dinamo Kiev is since January 2019 former Willem II striker Fran Sol from Spain under contract. The Luxembourger Gerson Rodrigues played in the first division at Telstar in the 2017/2018 season.

Willem II to Luxembourg

In the draw for the second round of the Europa League, Willem II was linked to Progrès Niederkorn. The people of Tilburg, who have to survive three qualifying rounds to reach the group stage, were also awarded an away match. This will be played on Thursday, September 17.

Progrès Niederkorn has already had a preliminaries. In the stadium of the nearby Differdange, FK Zeta from Montenegro won 3-0.

PSV come into action at a later stage in the preliminary round of the Europa League, while Ajax (Champions League) and Feyenoord (Europa League) are already sure of a place in the group stage.

Lots again tomorrow

The draw for the Champions League playoffs and third preliminary round of the Europa League – with PSV – is Tuesday.