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Aberdeen will take on Burnley while Rangers face a trip to Macedonia and Hibernian are up against Faroe Islands opposition in Europa League qualifying.

The Dons take on the English Premier League side in the second round of qualifying, a round later than their Scottish Premiership counterparts.

Steven Gerrard's first competitive game as Rangers manager will be at home to Shkupi in their first-round tie.

On the same night, 12 July, Hibs host their first leg against Runavik.

Burnley will be playing in European competition for the first time in 51 years and Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes described it as "a fantastic draw".

The Clarets secured their place in Europe for the first time since they reached the Fairs Cup quarter-finals in 1967 by finishing seventh last season's Premier League.

"We'll be playing against a team that has done exceptionally well in what is regarded as the best league in the world," McInnes, whose side were knocked out at the third qualifying stage by Apollon Limassol of Cyprus last season, told his club website.

"It should be a fabulous contest, there are favourites in every tie and they're seeded for a good reason.

"We know we'll be big underdogs for this one. But, rest assured, we'll be doing all we possibly can to cause an upset.

"There will be a terrific atmosphere at Pittodrie and I wouldn't be surprised if it's a sell-out."

Aberdeen, runners-up in Scotland for the last four seasons, are at home for their first leg on 26 July, with the return a week later at Turf Moor.

Should Neil Lennon's side and Rangers join Aberdeen in the second round, they face awkward opposition.

The winners of Rangers' tie will take on Petrocub of Moldova or Osijek, the Croatian side who were seeded in Wednesday's draw and beat PSV Eindhoven home and away to reach the play-off round last season.

Austria Vienna denied Osijek a place in the group stage on away goals after a 2-2 draw on aggregate.

However, Rangers must first overcome Shkupi, based in the Macedonian capital of Skopje, who finished fourth in their domestic league last season and who will host the second leg on 19 July at the 6,000-capacity Cair Stadium.

Hibs, who finished fourth in the Scottish Premiership last season, will be strong favourites to win their opening tie.

Runavik finished fourth last year in the Faroe Islands Premier League and currently sit third after 14 games of this campaign.

In their 11 previous European campaigns, they have never made it beyond the first qualifying round.

Awaiting the winners are Asteras Tripolis, who finished fifth in last season's Greek Superleague.

In their last foray into Europe, Hibs were beaten on penalties by Danish opposition and manager Lennon told his club website: "Against Brondby a few years ago, it was my first game in charge and we hadn't had much time to prepare, whereas the squad is more settled and we have the experience of those ties to call upon.

"We'll be up against a side midway through their league season, so they'll obviously be well prepared. We can't afford to be complacent."

Hibs and Rangers, who finished third in the Premiership under previous manager Graeme Murty, will have to negotiate four rounds of qualifying to reach the group stage.

Gerrard will hope to fare better than predecessor Pedro Caixinha, who watched his side fall at the first qualifying hurdle to Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg a year ago.

First qualifying round (12 & 19 July)
Stjarnan (ISL) v Nõmme Kalju (EST)
Ilves Tampere (FIN) v Slavia Sofia (BUL)
Birkirkara (MLT) / KÍ Klaksvík (FRO) v Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)
Fola Esch (LUX) v Europa (GIB) / Prishtina (KOS)
Glenavon (NIR) v Molde (NOR)

Dunajská Streda (SVK) v Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
Stumbras (LTU) v Apollon Limassol (CYP)
Široki Brijeg (BIH) v Domžale (SVN)
Rangers (SCO) v Shkupi (MKD)
Progrès Niederkorn (LUX) v Gabala (AZE)

Racing Union (LUX) v Viitorul (ROU)
Samtredia (GEO) v Tobol Kostanay (KAZ)
Partizani (ALB) v Maribor (SVN)
Neftçi (AZE) v Újpest (HUN)
Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) v Trenčín (SVK)

Derry City (IRL) v Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
B36 Tórshavn (FRO) / St Joseph's (GIB) v OFK Titograd (MNE)
Zaria Balti (MDA) v Górnik Zabrze (POL)
Spartak Subotica (SRB) v Coleraine (NIR)
Pyunik (ARM) v Vardar (MKD)

Shamrock Rovers (IRL) v AIK (SWE)
Connah's Quay (WAL) v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)
Lahti (FIN) v Hafnarfjördur (ISL)
Ventspils (LVA) v Luftëtari (ALB)
Cliftonville (NIR) v Nordsjælland (DEN)

Banants (ARM) v Sarajevo (BIH)
Engordany (AND) / Folgore (SMR) v Kairat Almaty (KAZ)
Petrocub (MDA) v Osijek (CRO) 
Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) v Laçi (ALB)
Ferencváros (HUN) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)

Balzan (MLT) v Keşla (AZE)
Budapest Honvéd (HUN) v Rabotnicki (MKD)
Rudar Pljevlja (MNE) v Partizan (SRB)
CSKA Sofia (BUL) v Riga (LVA)
Milsami Orhei (MDA) v Slovan Bratislava (SVK)

Radnički Niš (SRB) v UE Sant Julià (AND) / Gzira United (MLT)
Lech Poznań (POL) v Gandzasar-Kapan (ARM)
Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO) v Beitar Jerusalem (ISR)
Vaduz (LIE) v Levski Sofia (BUL)
Željezničar (BIH) v Narva Trans (EST)
Cefn Druids (WAL) / Trakai (LTU) v Irtysh (KAZ)

Hibernian (SCO) v NSÍ Runavík (FRO)
Rudar Velenje (SVN) v Tre Fiori (SMR) / Bala Town (WAL)
Levadia Tallinn (EST) v Dundalk (IRL)
ÍBV (ISL) v Sarpsborg (NOR)
København (DEN) v KuPS Kuopio (FIN)
Liepāja (LVA) v Häcken (SWE)

Seeded sides in bold.


Second qualifying round main path (26 July & 2 August)
Glenavon (NIR) / Molde (NOR) v Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) / Laçi (ALB)
Banants (ARM) / Sarajevo (BIH) v Atalanta (ITA) 
Birkirkara (MLT) / KÍ Klaksvík (FRO) / Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) v Vaduz (LIE) / Levski Sofia (BUL)
Engordany (AND) / Folgore (SMR) / Kairat Almaty (KAZ) v AZ Alkmaar (NED) 
Aberdeen (SCO) v Burnley (ENG)

Rudar Pljevlja (MNE) / Partizan (SRB) v Cefn Druids (WAL) / Trakai (LTU) / Irtysh (KAZ)
Balzan (MLT) / Keşla (AZE) v Milsami Orhei (MDA) / Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Cliftonville (NIR) / Nordsjælland (DEN) v Shamrock Rovers (IRL) / AIK (SWE)
Rudar Velenje (SVN) / Tre Fiori (SMR) / Bala Town (WAL) v FCSB (ROU)
Hapoel Haifa (ISR) v Lahti (FIN) / Hafnarfjördur (ISL)

Levadia Tallinn (EST) / Dundalk (IRL) v AEK Larnaca (CYP)
Zaria Balti (MDA) / Górnik Zabrze (POL) v Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) / Trenčín (SVK)
Ferencváros (HUN) / Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) v Radnički Niš (SRB) / UE Sant Julià (AND) / Gzira United (MLT)
CSKA Sofia (BUL) / Riga (LVA) v Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT) 
Spartak Subotica (SRB) / Coleraine (NIR) v Sparta Praha (CZE) 

RB Leipzig (GER) v Liepāja (LVA) / Häcken (SWE)
Stjarnan (ISL) / Nõmme Kalju (EST) v København (DEN) / KuPS Kuopio (FIN)
Ufa (RUS) v Široki Brijeg (BIH) / Domžale (SVN)
Samtredia (GEO) / Tobol Kostanay (KAZ) v Pyunik (ARM) / Vardar (MKD)
Jagiellonia Białystok (POL) v Rio Ave (POR) 

LASK Linz (AUT) v Lillestrøm (NOR)
Budapest Honvéd (HUN) / Rabotnicki (MKD) v Progrès Niederkorn (LUX) / Gabala (AZE)
Petrocub (MDA) / Osijek (CRO) v Rangers (SCO) / Shkupi (MKD)
B36 Tórshavn (FRO) / St Joseph's (GIB) / OFK Titograd (MNE) v Beşiktaş (TUR) 
Dunajská Streda (SVK) / Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Derry City (IRL) / Dinamo Minsk (BLR)

Ventspils (LVA) / Luftëtari (ALB) v Bordeaux (FRA)
Željezničar (BIH) / Narva Trans (EST) v Stumbras (LTU) / Apollon Limassol (CYP)
Racing Union (LUX) / Viitorul (ROU) v Vitesse (NED)
St Gallen (SUI) v ÍBV (ISL) / Sarpsborg (NOR)
Dinamo Brest (BLR) v Atromitos (GRE)
Sevilla (ESP) v Neftçi (AZE) / Újpest (HUN)

Connah's Quay (WAL) / Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) v Lech Poznań (POL) / Gandzasar-Kapan (ARM)
Hibernian (SCO) / NSÍ Runavík (FRO) v Asteras Tripolis (GRE) 
Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO) / Beitar Jerusalem (ISR) v Partizani (ALB) / Maribor (SVN)
Genk (BEL) v Fola Esch (LUX) / Europa (GIB) / Prishtina (KOS)
Djurgården (SWE) v Mariupol (UKR) 
Hajduk Split (CRO) v Ilves Tampere (FIN) / Slavia Sofia (BUL)


Second qualifying round champions path (26 July & 2 August)
Shkëndija (MKD) / The New Saints (WAL) v Preliminary round runners-up
Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO) / Sheriff (MDA) v HJK Helsinki (FIN) / Víkingur (FRO)
Spartak Trnava (SVK) / Zrinjski (BIH) v Kukës (ALB) / Valletta (MLT)

FC Santa Coloma (AND) / Drita (KOS) v Valur Reykjavík (ISL) / Rosenborg (NOR)
Astana (KAZ) / Sutjeska (MNE) v Alashkert (ARM) / Celtic (SCO)
F91 Dudelange (LUX) / Videoton (HUN) v Winners of the preliminary round / Malmö (SWE)

Spartaks Jūrmala (LVA) / Crvena zvezda (SRB) v La Fiorita (SMR) / Lincoln Red Imps (GIB)
Sūduva (LTU) / APOEL (CYP) v Flora Tallinn (EST) / Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) / Qarabağ (AZE) v Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) / Crusaders (NIR)

Bye: Cork City (IRL) / Legia Warszawa (POL)

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AC Milan have been kicked out of the competition this year, due to breaching FFP regulations.

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6 hours ago, Switzerlineker said:

AC Milan have been kicked out of the competition this year, due to breaching FFP regulations.

Apparently, they won't play the following season either, no matter what happens this season.

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What happens to their spot?

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On 28/06/2018 at 19:54, DFF said:

What happens to their spot?

They'll just go through the italian Serie A standings until one of them fulfils FFP regulations.

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AC Milan have been reinstated to the Europa League after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned UEFA's decision.

http://www.espn.co.uk/football/ac-milan/story/3570368/ac-milans-europa-league-ban-over-ffp-breach-overturned-by-cas

Fiorentina were the club in line to take Milan's spot, but will no longer do so.

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Third qualifying round draw: 23 July, Nyon (matches 9 & 16 August)

Champions path

Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)/Vidi (HUN) v Zrinjski (BIH)/Valletta (MLT)
Legia Warszawa (POL)/Spartak Trnava (SVK) v F91 Dudelange (LUX)/Drita (KOS)
Sutjeska (MNE)/Alashkert (ARM) v CFR Cluj (ROU) v Malmö (SWE)
Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) v Crusaders (NIR) v BATE Borisov (BLR)/HJK Helsinki (FIN)
Shkëndija (MKD)/Sheriff (MDA) v FC Santa Coloma (AND)/Valur Reykjavík (ISL)

Cork City (IRL) v Celtic (SCO)/Rosenborg (NOR)
Spartaks Jūrmala (LVA)/La Fiorita (SMR) v Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Sūduva (LTU)
The New Saints (WAL)/Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) v Astana (KAZ)/Midtjylland (DEN)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)/Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v APOEL (CYP)/Flora Tallinn (EST)
Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO)/Víkingur (FRO) v Kukës (ALB)/Qarabağ (AZE)

Seeded teams in bold.

Main path

Tobol Kostanay (KAZ)/Pyunik (ARM) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)/Radnicki Niš (SRB)
Dunajská Streda (SVK)/Dinamo Minsk (BLR) v Zenit (RUS)
Ajax (NED)/Sturm Graz (AUT) v Dundalk (IRL)/AEK Larnaca (CYP)
St. Gallen (SUI)/Sarpsborg (NOR) v HNK Rijeka (CRO)
İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR) v Aberdeen (SCO)/Burnley (ENG)

Zorya Luhansk (UKR) v Braga (POR)
Hapoel Haifa (ISR)/FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v Atalanta (ITA)/Sarajevo (BIH)
Genk (BEL)/Fola Esch (LUX) v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)/Lech Poznań (POL)
Viitorul (ROU)/Vitesse (NED) v PAOK (GRE)/Basel (SUI)
Nordsjælland (DEN)/AIK (SWE) v Partizan (SRB)/Trakai (LTU)

Hibernian (SCO)/Asteras Tripolis (GRE) v Molde (NOR)/Laç (ALB)
Hajduk Split (CRO)/Slavia Sofia (BUL) v Rudar Velenje (SVN)/FCSB (ROU)
Sevilla (ESP)/Újpest (HUN) v Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)/Vaduz (LIE)
Sigma Olomouc (CZE) v Kairat Almaty (KAZ)/AZ Alkmaar (NED)
Balzan (MLT)/Slovan Bratislava (SVK) v Rapid Wien (AUT)

Djurgården (SWE)/Mariupol (UKR) v Ventspils (LVA)/Bordeaux (FRA)
CSKA-Sofia (BUL)/Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT) v Stjarnan (ISL)/København (DEN)
Olympiacos (GRE) v Luzern (SUI)
Osijek (CRO)/Rangers (SCO) v Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO)/Maribor (SVN)
Górnik Zabrze (POL)/Trenčín (SVK) v Feyenoord (NED)

Jagiellonia Białystok (POL)/Rio Ave (POR) v Gent (BEL)
Spartak Subotica (SRB)/Sparta Praha (CZE) v Brøndby (DEN)
Ufa (RUS)/Domžale (SVN) v Budapest Honvéd (HUN)/Progrès Niederkorn (LUX)
B36 Tórshavn (FRO)/Beşiktaş (TUR) v LASK (AUT)/Lillestrøm (NOR)
Željezničar (BIH)/Apollon Limassol (CYP) v Dinamo Brest (BLR)/Atromitos (GRE)
Leipzig (GER)/Häcken (SWE) v U Craiova (ROU)

Seeded teams in bold.

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Quite surprised that no broadcasters whatsoever picked up the "Battle of Britain" tonight.

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Should kick them out for being that poor of a TV draw.

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47 minutes ago, Lineker said:

Quite surprised that no broadcasters whatsoever picked up the "Battle of Britain" tonight.

TNS vs Red Imps? 

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4 hours ago, Colly said:

TNS vs Red Imps? 

Brexit vs Brexit

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Aberdeen have taken the Dingles to extra time!

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Next train from Burnley to Aberdeen is the 07:04 arriving 6 hours and 2 stops later so plenty of time for Aberdeen fans to watch extra time, penalties, go out for dinner, catch a late night movie etc before they need to think about trains....

 

Or not so much

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Burnley finally ahead again after Ashley Barnes converted a possibly dodgy handball penalty.

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Just now, Lineker said:

Burnley finally ahead again after Ashley Barnes converted a possibly dodgy handball penalty.

If it wasn't given handball it was still a goal, wasn't it?

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Also I totally glossed over the fact that Jack Cork had already scored a second on the night for Burnley :lol: 

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Sean Dyche is gonna get him some continental worms!!

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TNS got through against the Red Imps. They're playing Midtjylland next, with the first leg being played at the Cardiff City Stadium next Thursday.

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So, Zenit needed to win 5-0 or more after losing 4-0 in the first leg. They were 2-0 up and then had a player sent off n the 72nd minute. Tough luck?

Nah. They still managed to score two more goals and the game went to extra time.

4-1 at half time. Now 10-men Zenit needed two more goals in 15 minutes due to away goals and all that. No chance, surely?

They scored 1. Then a second on a penalty kick and then on time added on, a red card to a Dinamo Minsk player, another penalty kick for Zenit and yet another goal after that one.

Won the game 8-1 and are through to the next round.

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Tom Heaton is back.

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A 3-1 loss for Burnley in Greece. Gonna be a tough ask to turn it around.

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Fair play for not conceding any goals in the last half hour with ten men. Olympiakos was always going to be an uphill task, no shame in going out to them if they do.

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Stevie G's nine-men Rangers make it through - just. Was convinced he was going to let that slip.

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      The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League will be the inaugural season of the UEFA Nations League, involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA. The competition, which will be held from September to November 2018 (group stage) and June 2019 (Nations League Finals), will also serve as part of the qualification process for UEFA Euro 2020, awarding berths in the play-offs which will decide four of the twenty-four final tournament slots.
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      The main qualifying process will now begin in March 2019 instead of immediately in September 2018 following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and will end in November 2019. The format will remain largely the same, although only 20 of the 24 spots for the finals tournament will be decided from the main qualifying process, leaving four spots still to be decided. The 55 teams will be drawn into 10 groups after the completion of the UEFA Nations League (five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams, with the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants guaranteed to be drawn into groups of five teams), with the top two teams in each group qualifying. The draw seeding will be based on the overall rankings of the Nations League. The qualifiers will be played on double matchdays in March, June, September, October and November 2019. Next, a total of 16 teams will participate in the qualifying play-offs, taking place in March 2020, offering a second chance to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020. The 16 teams will be selected based off their performance in the UEFA Nations League. The 16 teams will be divided into four paths, each containing four teams, with one team from each path qualifying for the final tournament. Each league will have its own play-off path if at least four teams are available. The Nations League group winners will automatically qualify for the play-off path of their league. If the group winners have already qualified through the classic qualifying group stage, they will be replaced by the next best ranked teams in the same league. However, if there are not enough teams in the same league, then the group winners will be replaced by the next best team in the overall ranking, but group winners cannot face teams from a higher league. A bottom up process from League D to A is used to select the 16 teams which will compete in the playoffs. First, all available group winners are selected. Then, if a group winner has already qualified, they will be replaced by the next best team in the same league. If there are not enough teams in a given league, then if there is a group winner, the best ranked team of a lower league will be selected. If there is no group winner available in the league, then the best team in the overall ranking will be selected. A bottom up process from League D to A is also used to form the four play-off paths. A path is formed with four teams from the same league. If there are more than four teams qualified for the play-offs in a given league, then a draw will occur to determine which teams will participate in the play-off path of that league. The remaining teams will be drawn into paths with teams of higher leagues. This process ensures that the group winners do not have to compete with teams from a higher league. A draw will take place on 22 November 2019 to allocate the teams which did not win their group. Each play-off path will feature two single-leg semi-finals, and one single-leg final. The best-ranked team will host the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team will host the third-ranked team. The host of the final will be decided by a draw, with semi-final winner 1 or 2 hosting the final. The four play-off path winners will join the 20 teams which have already qualified for UEFA Euro 2020. Basically, here's their explainer!

      SEEDINGS

      The draw for the group stage is scheduled to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 24 January 2018, 12:00 CET. For political reasons, Armenia and Azerbaijan (due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict), as well as Russia and Ukraine (due to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine), cannot be drawn in the same group. Due to winter venue restrictions, a group can contain a maximum of two of the following teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania. Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group can contain a maximum of one of the following pairs: Andorra and Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan, Gibraltar and Kazakhstan, Gibraltar and Azerbaijan.
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      LEAGUE A
      GROUP 1:  NETHERLANDS,  FRANCE,  GERMANY
      GROUP 2:  ICELAND,  SWITZERLAND,  BELGIUM
      GROUP 3:  POLAND,  ITALY,  PORTUGAL
      GROUP 4:  CROATIA,  ENGLAND,  SPAIN
      LEAGUE B
      GROUP 1:  CZECH REPUBLIC,  UKRAINE,  SLOVAKIA
      GROUP 2:  TURKEY,  SWEDEN,  RUSSIA
      GROUP 3:  NORTHERN IRELAND,  BOSNIA & HERZOGOVINA,  AUSTRIA
      GROUP 4:  DENMARK,  REPUBLIC OF IRELAND,  WALES
      LEAGUE C
      GROUP 1:  ISRAEL,  ALBANIA,  SCOTLAND
      GROUP 2:  ESTONIA,  FINLAND,  GREECE,  HUNGARY 
      GROUP 3:  CYPRUS,  BULGARIA,  NORWAY,  SLOVENIA 
      GROUP 4:  LITHUANIA,  MONTENEGRO,  SERBIA,  ROMANIA
      LEAGUE D
      GROUP 1:  ANDORRA,  KAZAKHSTAN,  LATVIA,  GEORGIA
      GROUP 2:  SAN MARINO,  MOLDOVA,  LUXEMBOURG,  BELARUS
      GROUP 3:  KOSOVO,  MALTA,  FAROE ISLANDS,  AZERBAIJAN
      GROUP 4:  GIBRALTAR,  LIECHTENSTEIN,  ARMENIA,  MACEDONIA

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      The group stage fixtures will take place in September and November 2018.
      Matchday 1: Sep 6-8
      Matchday 2: Sept 9-11
      Matchday 3: Oct 11-13
      Matchday 4: Oct 14-16
      Matchday 5: Nov 15-17
      Matchday 6: Nov 18-20
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