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UEFA Champions League play-off draw: Liverpool face Hoffenheim, Napoli meet Nice

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will battle the Bundesliga club Hoffenheim for the right to take a place in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage.

football Updated: Aug 04, 2017 17:10 IST
Liverpool will face Hoffenheim in their UEFA Champions League play-off encounter.
Liverpool will face Hoffenheim in their UEFA Champions League play-off encounter.(REUTERS)

Liverpool will take on Hoffenheim in the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will battle the Bundesliga club for the right to take a place in the 2017-18 group stage.

Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli face a fascinating tie against Ligue 1 side Nice, meaning striker Mario Balotelli will be faced with a return to Italian soil.

Sevilla have been handed a clash with Istanbul Basaksehir, while CSKA Moscow meet Young Boys of Switzerland and Sporting CP take on Steaua Bucharest.

Scottish champions Celtic will meet Kazakhstan side Astana, with the first leg to be played in Glasgow.

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Olympiacos will meet Rijeka of Croatia, while Czech Republic champions Slavia Prague must face APOEL of Cyprus.

The first legs will be played on August 15-16 and the return matches on August 22-23.