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Tough Champions League draw for APOEL

APOEL will meet Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham in the Champions League group stage following Thursday night’s draw in Monaco.

Giorgos Donis’ side – who had eliminated Dudelange, Viitorul and Slavia Prague in qualifying to reach the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition for a fourth time – will meet Germany’s Dortmund and the Premier League’s Tottenham for the first time but have face European champions Real Madrid before in the 2012-2012 Champions League quarter-finals.

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APOEL had lost 8-2 on aggregate over the two legs but the Cypriot champions had surpassed expectations to go so far in the competition.

Should APOEL finish third in the group, they will move into the Europa League Last 32.

Elsewhere, Premier League champions Chelsea have been drawn to play Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag in Group C, and Europa League winners Manchester United face Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow in Group A.

Scottish champions Celtic face a tough test in a group with Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain and Anderlecht.

Manchester City, who finished third in the Premier League last season, are up against Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F, while Liverpool, who beat Hoffenheim in a play-off to secure their place in the draw in Monaco, will meet Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor in Group E.

The group stages begin on 12-13 September.

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