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Published: 10:47 | 5/8/16

Dundalk to face Legia Warsaw

Aviva Stadium the venue for home tie

Dundalk have been drawn against Legia Warsaw in the Champions League play-off round.

Stephen Kenny's side are bidding to become the first Irish team to reach the group stages of the Champions League but should they fail to overcome their Polish opponents they will drop into the Europa League group stage.

Legia Warsaw defeated Celtic 6-1 on aggregate two years ago, but we subsequently thrown out of the tournament after it emerged that they used an illegible substitute in the closing stages of the qualifier second-leg tie.

Dundalk will play the home leg of their Champions League play-off at the Aviva Stadium as the 4,500-capacity Oriel Park does not meet UEFA's standards.

Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic face Israeli outfit Hapoel Beer-Sheva, while Manchester City have been drawn to face Steaua Bucharest.

Pep Guardiola has never been involved in this stage of the competition and the City manager admits the tie is the most important fixture of the season as the Blues look to qualify for the group stages.

In the Europa League, West Ham will renew rivalry with Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the play-off round.

Astra Giurgiu beat the Hammers 4-3 on aggregate in the third qualifying round last season and Slaven Bilic's side will be hoping to exact revenge on the Romanian side.

Should they emerge victorious from the two-legged tie, the Hammers will join Manchester United and Southampton in the group phase.

West Ham will travel to Romania for the first leg on August 18 before welcoming Astra Giurgiu to the Olympic Stadium on August 25.

Champions League play-off draw:

Ludogorets Razgrad v Viktoria Plzen

Celtic v Hapoel Beer-Sheva

FC Copenhagen v Apoel Nicosia

Dundalk v Legia Warsaw

Dinamo Zagreb v FC Salzburg

Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City

FC Porto v Roma

Ajax v Rostov

Young Boys v Borussia Monchengladbach

Villarreal v Monaco

The first legs will take place on 16/17 August with the second legs on 23/24 August.

Europa League play-off draw in full:

Astana v BATE

FC Midtjylland v Osmanlispor

AS Trencin v Rapid Vienna

Arouca v Olympiacos

Lokomotiva Zagreb v Genk

Vojvodina v AZ

Dinamo Tbilisi v PAOK Salonika

AEK v Liberec

FK Austria Vienna v Rosenborg

Beitar Jerusalem v St Etienne

AA Gent v Shkendija

Istanbul Basaksehir v Shakhtar Donetsk

FC Astra Giurgiu v West Ham

Sonderjyske v Sparta Prague

Fenerbahce v Grasshoppers

Sassuolo v Crvena Zvezda

Brondby v Panathinaikos

IFK Goteborg v FK Karabakh

Krasnodar v Partizani Tirana

Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Hajduk Split

Slavia Prague v Anderlecht

Maribor v Gabala

The first legs will take place on 18 August with the second legs on 25 August.

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