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Cypriot sides prepare for European week

Europa League hopefuls AEL and AEK on Tuesday arrived in Luxembourg and Ireland respectively for their second round qualifiers later this week while APOEL prepares for their opening game in the Champions League in Nicosia against Dudelange on Wednesday.

AEL, who breezed past St. Joseph’s in the previous round, will be in action against Luxembourg’s Progres – after the managed to shock Rangers. They will be in action on Thursday with several hundred AEL fans having travelled to Luxembourg for the first leg.

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Imanol Idiakez’s AEK are in Ireland for their first leg encounter against Cork City – who are undefeated in their last 22 games.

APOEL will get their opening game underway at the GSP Stadium on Wednesday against Luxembourg’s Dudelange with the Cypriot champions favourites to advance in the tie.

Cup holders Apollon Limassol face Zaria of Moldova in the second qualifying round of the Europa League at the AEK Arena in Larnaca.

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