Football: Legia Warsaw to take on Cork City in Champions League qualifier
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Polish football champions Legia Warsaw were on Tuesday set to begin their European campaign by taking on Irish side Cork City in the first leg of their Champions League round one qualifier.
Legia Warsaw players Marko Vesovic (left) and Michał Kucharczyk (right) train ahead of the match at Turner's Cross Stadium in the southwestern Irish city of Cork. Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej Zborowski
The match in Cork, southwestern Ireland, was due to start at 8:45 pm Polish time, 45 minutes after the kick-off of a World Cup semifinal between France and Belgium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.
The second leg takes place next Tuesday, July 17, in Warsaw, with kick-off at 9 pm.
The winner of the two matches will go on to face either Slovak side Spartak Trnava or Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Zrinjski Mostar in the second round of Champions League qualifiers.
The loser will be relegated to the lower Europa League, but will be granted a bye into the third round of qualifiers of the latter.
To qualify for the Champions League group stage, Legia need to eliminate Irish champions Cork City and three other rivals, the PAP news agency noted.
Legia in May won the Polish premier league championship for the third time in a row.
The Polish side qualified for the group stage of the 2016/2017 Champions League and drew 3-3 with Spain's Real Madrid in November 2016.
Legia later that month lost 4-8 to German side Borussia Dortmund in the highest scoring match in Champions League history.