Mon, Jul 23 2018

Cork City could face Scottish giants Celtic or a possible reunion with Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

The Rebel Army received a bye in the second round after dropping down from the Champions League following their 4-0 aggregate defeat to Legia Warsaw.

That means they’ll have to wait another two weeks to learn which seeded side will drop down from Europe’s top competition.

Among those who could await John Caulfield’s side are the loser of the tie between Celtic and Rosenborg, who meet at this stage in successive years after Celtic won in 2017.

Other potential opponents include Crvena Zvezda – commonly known as Red Star – who beat City in the qualifying rounds the last time they won the league in 2005.

Crvena Zvezda face Lithuanian champions Suduva Marijampole, who surprisingly eliminated Cypriot champions APOEL in the first qualifying round.

Group 2 (seeded teams in bold)


Match 6: Astana (KAZ) v Midtjylland (DEN)

Match 7: Kukës (ALB) v Qaraba? (AZE)

Match 8: Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)

Match 9: Crvena zvezda (SRB) v S?duva (LTU)

Match 10: Celtic (SCO) v Rosenborg (NOR)

Winners match 6: The New Saints (WAL) v Lincoln Red Imps (GIB)

Winners match 7: Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO) v Víkingur (FRO)

Winners match 8: Spartaks J?rmala (LVA) v La Fiorita (SMR)

Winners match 9: APOEL (CYP) v Flora Tallinn (EST)

Cork City (IRL)