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    Wake up everyone, the Playoff Round is upon us. The draw was held today:

    Qarabag (Azerbaijan) v. Copenhagen
    APOEL v. Slavia Prague
    Olympiacos v. Rijeka (Croatia)
    Celtic v. Astana (Kazakhstan)
    Hapoel Be'er Sheva v. Maribor (Slovenia)
    Istanbul Basakesehir v. Sevilla
    Young Boys v. CSKA Moscow
    Napoli v. Nice
    Hoffenheim v. Liverpool
    Sporting Lisbon v. Steaua Bucuresti

    Celtic drew the short straw, having to make the 6,000 mile trip to Kazakhstan.

    Match day 1 is August 15/16, Match day 2 is August 22/23. The losing teams go to the Europa League Group Stage. Speaking of the Europa League, the Premier League only has 2 teams in it this year because they have 5 teams in the Champions League, due to Man U winning the Europa League last season. Arsenal are in the Group Stage, Everton has gotten through the 3rd Qualifying Round and are in the Playoff Round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyt View Post
    Celtic drew the short straw, having to make the 6,000 mile trip to Kazakhstan.
    We deserved it after BARELY surviving our last round with Rosenborg. They played like a bunch of zombies.

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    Playoff round complete:

    Celtic advance over Maribor 8-4 on aggregate
    Maribor advance over Hapoel Be'er Sheva on away goals
    Napoli advance over Nice 4-0 on aggregate
    Olympiacos advance over Rijeka 3-1 on aggregate
    Sevilla advance over Istanbul Basakesehir 4-3 on aggregate
    CSKA Moscow advance over Young Boys 3-0 on aggregate
    Sporting Lisbon advance over Steaua Bucuresti 5-1 on aggregate
    Qarabag advance over Copenhagen on away goals. Qarabag is the first team from Azerbaijan to qualify.
    Liverpool advance over Hoffenheim 6-3 on aggregate
    APOEL Nicosia advance over Slavia Prague 2-0 on aggregate

    Group stage draw is Thursday at noon eastern, 18:00 CET.

    Here are the unofficial pots:

    Pot 1: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Benfica, Monaco, Spartak Moscow, Shakhtar Donetsk
    Pot 2: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Man City, Porto, Man U
    Pot 3: Napoli, Spurs, Basel, Olympiacos, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Roma, Besiktas
    Pot 4: Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

    Had the clubs been ranked by coefficient, this is how it would look:

    Pot 1: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla
    Pot 2: Benfica, Chelsea, Man City, Porto, Man U, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Spurs
    Pot 3: Basel, Olympiacos, Monaco, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Roma, Besiktas, Celtic
    Pot 4: CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, Spartak Moscow, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

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    And the draw:

    Group A: Benfica, Man U, Basel, CSKA
    Group B: Bayern Munich, PSG, Anderlecht, Celtic
    Group C: Chelsea, Atleticto Madrid, Roma, Qarabag
    Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiacos, Sporting Lisbon
    Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor
    Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Man City, Napoli, Feyenoord
    Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig
    Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Spurs, APOEL

    Quick thoughts...Spurs will have a tough time advancing out of that group, especially if their Wembley woes continue. They only won 1 European match there last year. Liverpool got a good draw, Spartak has the lowest coefficent of any Pot 1 team. That group could come down to a rematch of the 2016 Europa League final. Celtic? Sorry Bhoys, that group is a killer. Group G got the 2nd lowest seed from Pot 2 and the lowest seeds from Pots 3 and 4. Monaco would have been a Pot 3 team had they not won Ligue 1.

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    Another cash cow year for Celtic in group stage. Another year of going home after the group stage as well. Sigh.
    I mean, no biggie really. For 2nd and 3rd tier league champs like my Boys it really is all about the cash. The financial decks are pretty steeply stacked in favor of the top leagues.

    Group G isn't a group of death by any means, but that one looks like a free for all to me. Leipzig are VERY good, Porto is one of the weaker 2nd pod teams and Besiktas has always been capable of inflicting damage on pretty much anybody at home. I'd say that second qualifying spot after Monaco could be tight.

    Liverpool looks to have gotten a decent draw. And you're right on Spurs. Ugh. Although ... with a change at manager maybe, just maybe, Dortmund will leak some results early in proceedings.

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    Not Champions League related but Ajax was knocked out of the Europa League in the Playoff round today by Rosenborg of Norway. It's the first time since 1965-66 that Ajax hasn't qualified for European competition.

    Also, Everton are through to the Group Stage, so both Premier League teams are in.

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    Matchday 1 of the Champions League is in the books. It was a good day for the PL, except Liverpool.

    Benfica 1-2 CSKA Moscow
    Man U 3-0 Basel - Pogba went down with an apparent hamstring injury and could miss 4 weeks.
    Bayern Munich 3-0 Anderlecht
    Celtic 0-5 PSG (ouch!)
    Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag
    Roma 0-0 Atletico Madrid
    Barcelona 3-0 Juventus - Juve gave up 3 goals all of last year until the final
    Olympiacos 2-3 Sporting Lisbon
    Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla - Joseph Gomez from Liverpool was sent off at 90+4 so he's out for the trip to Moscow.
    Maribor 1-1 Spartak Moscow
    Feyenoord 0-4 Man City - A brace for John Stones?!
    Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Napoli
    Porto 1-3 Besiktas
    RB Leipzig 1-1 Monaco
    Real Madrid 3-0 APOEL
    Spurs 3-1 Dortmund - Jan Vertonghen from Spurs was sent off at 90+2 so he's out for the trip to Cyprus. But Spurs break the Wembley jinx.
    Last edited by andyt; 09-13-2017 at 06:15 PM.

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    Match day 2:

    Today:
    Sevilla v. Maribor
    Spartak Moscow v. Liverpool
    Man City v. Shakhtar Donetsk
    Napoli v. Feyenoord
    Besitkas v. RB Leipzig
    Monaco v. Porto
    APOEL v. Spurs
    Boussia Dortmund v. Real Madrid

    Wednesday:
    Basel v. Benfica
    CSKA Moscow v. Man U
    Anderlecht v. Celtic
    PSG v. Bayern Munich
    Qarabag v. Roma
    Atletico Madrid v. Chelsea
    Juventus v. Olympiacos
    Sporting Lisbon v. Barcelona

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    Sevilla 3-0 Maribor
    Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool
    Man City 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
    Napoli 3-1 Feyenoord
    Sesiktas 2-0 RB Leipzig
    Monaco 0-3 Porto
    APOEL 0-3 Spurs
    Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid
    Basel 5-0 Benfica
    CSKA Moscow 1-4 Man U
    Anderlecht 0-3 Celtic
    PSG 3-0 Bayern Munich
    Qarabag 1-2 Roma
    Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea
    Juventus 2-0 Olympiacos
    Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Barcelona

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    Match Day 3 results:

    Maribor 0-7 Liverpool
    Spartak Moscow 5-1 Sevilla
    Feyenoord 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
    Man City 2-1 Napoli
    Monaco 1-2 Besiktas
    RB Leipzig 3-2 Porto
    APOEL 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
    Real Madrid 1-1 Spus
    Benfic 0-1 Man U
    CSKA Moscow 0-2 Basel
    Anderlecht 0-4 PS
    Bayern Munich 3-0 Celtic
    Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid
    Chelsea 3-3 Roma
    Barcelona 3-1 Olympiacos
    Juventus 2-1 Sporting Lisbon

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    Match Day 4:

    Today:
    Basel v. CSKA Moscow
    Man U v. Benfica
    Celtic v. Bayern Munich
    PSG v. Anderlecht
    Atletico Madrid v. Qarabag
    Roma v. Chelsea
    Olympiacos v. Barcelona
    Sporting Lisbon v. Juventus

    Tomorrow:
    Liverpool v. Maribor
    Sevilla v. Spartak Moscow
    Shakhtar Donetsk v. Feyenoord
    Napoli v. Man City
    Besiktas v. Monaco
    Porto v. RB Leipzig
    Borussia Dortmund v. APOEL
    Spurs v. Real Madrid

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    Olympiacos 0-0 Barcelona
    Sporting Lisbon 1-1 Juventus
    Celtic 1-2 Bayern Munich
    PSG 5-0 Anderlecht
    Roma 3-0 Chelsea
    Atletico Madrid 1-1 Qarabag
    Man U 2-0 Benfica
    Basel 1-2 CSKA Moscow
    Besiktas 1-1 Monaco
    Porto 3-1 RB Leipzig
    Spurs 3-1 Real Madrid
    Dortmund 1-1 APOEL
    Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Feyenoord
    Napoli 2-4 Man City
    Liverpool 3-0 Maribor
    Sevilla 2-1 Spartak Moscow

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    Yeah... Spurs finally pull off an epic European win, and it's like a tree falling in the woods in here. I really don't want to have to join a PL board, there are some nice people but waaaaay too many psychoses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HNIM View Post
    Yeah... Spurs finally pull off an epic European win, and it's like a tree falling in the woods in here. I really don't want to have to join a PL board, there are some nice people but waaaaay too many psychoses.
    Or the sound of one hand clapping. I didn't update the PL thread with last weekend's games or results and nobody cared. Of course, there are only 7 people who have read this thread at all so...

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    Well I don’t know about anyone else, but the site for a while now has been flagged by the virus checker on my computer. I occasionally check it on my phone, but much less often as it’s not an ideal way to use forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinatieriDefinesClutch View Post
    Well I don’t know about anyone else, but the site for a while now has been flagged by the virus checker on my computer. I occasionally check it on my phone, but much less often as it’s not an ideal way to use forums.
    This has been the subject of much wailing and gnashing of teeth for the last two months. Much like what is happening in Italy right now.

    Ok, not so much like Italy. I can see the the next Parliamentary vote of confidence in the Government to turn on who does the best job of scapegoating.

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