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APOEL face Dudelange, AEK and AEL in Gibraltar trips

Cypriot champions APOEL will face F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg in the second qualifying round of the Champions League following the draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Monday.

Meanwhile in the Europa League first round qualifying draws, AEK Larnaca and AEL were both drawn against teams from Gibraltar with AEK to take on Lincoln Red Imps – who famously beat Celtic 1-0 last season – and AEL face St. Joseph’s. Cyprus recently struggled to beat Gibraltar 2-1 in World Cup qualifying.

All three Cypriot teams have been drawn to play the first games at home.

Mario Been will make his official debut in the APOEL dugout against the Luxembourg champions on either July 11 or 12 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia with the second leg to take place away one week later.

APOEL are looking to book their place in the group stages of the Champions League for the fourth time in their history have reached Europe’s elite club competition in 2009, 2012 and 2014.

Last season, they reached the Last 16 of the Europa League following impressive wins over Olympiacos, Young Boys and Athletic Club. They were pipped to the group stages of the Champions League after losing 2-1 on aggregate against FC Copenhagen.

Dudelange, who clinched their 13th league title this season, will play a Cypriot club for the first time in their history.

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