Europa, Champions League draws see Manchester United in Belgium, Saints in Denmark

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The playoff round opponents have been drawn for this month’s UEFA Champions League and Europa League play, with Premier League teams learning their next obstacles on the path to European glory.

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Manchester United will duel with Belgian side Club Brugge in UCL play, while Southampton draws Denmark’s Midtjylland as its next foe.

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United’s first ever European Cup competition started with a Belgian side, as the Red Devils booted Anderlecht 12-on aggregate in 1956. Anderlecht is their only Belgian opponent, with four wins and two losses in European Cup history.

The UCL first legs will be held on Aug. 18-19, and the business end one week later.

UEFA Champions League playoff draw
Valencia vs. Monaco
Rapid Vienna vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Sporting Lisbon vs. CSKA Moscow
Manchester United vs. Club Brugge
Lazio vs. Bayer Leverkusen
BATE Borisov vs. Partizan Belgrade
Basel vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv
Celtic vs. Malmo
Skenderbeu vs. Dinamo Zagreb
Astana vs. APOEL Nicosia

Over in the Europa League, Saints saw off Vitesse Arnhem with a 5-0 aggregate win to earn their pairing with the Danish Ulvene (Wolves) on Aug. 20 and 27.

Saints have not won three European rounds since the 1977 Cup Winners’ Cup.

West Ham were bounced by Astra Giurgio, who moves on to AZ Alkmaar.

UEFA Europa League playoff draw

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Sadio Mane of Southampton (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Molde vs. Standard Liege
Astra Giurgiu vs. AZ Alkmaar
Southampton vs. Midtjylland
Young Boys vs. Qarabag
Thun vs. Sparta Prague
Atromitos vs. Fenerbahce
Krasnodar vs. HJK Helsinki
Slovan Liberec vs. Hajduk Split
Odds vs. Borussia Dortmund
Rabotnicki vs. Rubin Kazan
Dinamo Minsk vs. Salzburg
Lech Poznan vs. Videoton
Panathinaikos vs. Qabala
Bordeaux vs. Kairat Almaty
PAOK vs. Brondby
Viktoria Plzen vs. Vojvodina
Zorya Luhansk vs. Legia Warsaw
Steaua Bucharest vs. Rosenborg
Jablonec vs. Ajax
Zilina vs. Athletic Bilbao
Milsami Orhei vs. Saint-Etienne
Altach vs. Belenenses