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Champions League playoffs: Man Utd draw Club Brugge, Celtic get Malmo


Manchester United have been drawn against Club Brugge in the Champions League playoffs.

Louis van Gaal's men take on the Belgian side -- who beat Panathinaikos 3-0 to advance to Friday's draw earlier this week after being down 2-1 from the first-leg -- with the first game to be played at Old Trafford.

Brugge, who finished second in the Belgian Pro League last season behind Gent after the six-team playoff competition, are managed by former Belgium goalkeeper Michel Preud'homme.

United have never played Club Brugge but they have a history of meeting Belgian opposition in Europe, including a record 10-0 victory over Anderlecht in the 1956-57 European Cup.

Of the other ties, Italian team Lazio and German side Bayer Leverkusen captures the imagination, while Spain meets France as Valencia take on Monaco.

In the other half of the draw, Celtic were drawn against Swedish champions Malmo in the playoff round, with the first leg taking place at Parkhead.

The Scottish champions avoided potential nightmare trips to Kazakhstan or Albania after beating Qarabag, of Azerbaijan, in the third qualifying round. But Malmo, European Cup finalists in 1979, have plenty of pedigree and have won the Swedish title in the last two seasons.

Malmo overturned a 2-0 deficit from their away leg with Red Bull Salzburg to win 3-2 on aggregate and have former Celtic player Jo Inge Berget in their ranks.


Non-champions route: Ties to be played Aug. 18-19 and Aug. 25-26:
Lazio v Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester United v Club Brugge
Rapid Vienna v Shakhtar Donetsk
Valencia v Monaco
Sporting Lisbon v CSKA Moscow


Champions route: Ties to be played Aug. 18-19 and Aug. 25-26:
FK Astana (KAZ) v APOEL Nicosia (CYP)
Skenderbeu Korce (ALB) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Celtic (SCO) v Malmo (SWE)
FC Basel (SUI) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
BATE Borisov (BLR) v Partizan Belgrade (SRB)

The 10 winners advance to the 32-team group-stage draw on Aug. 27 in Monaco.

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