FOLLOW LIVE: UEFA Champions League playoffs continue with five matches across Europe

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Five matches take place today in the UEFA Champions League playoff round, as teams across Europe look to lock up a spot in the group stage.

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Yesterday’s playoff round was highlighted by Manchester United’s big 3-1 win over Club Brugge, while Lazio squeaked out a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Today, the biggest matchup will be when Spanish side Valencia hosts Monaco. Monaco finished third in Ligue 1 last season and went on a surprise run to the Champions League quarterfinals, where they were knocked out by eventual finalists Juventus.

[ MORE: Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League roundup ]

Celtic faces Malmo, who are looking to rebound after a disappointing showing in the Champions League last season. Celtic barely escaped the earlier qualifying round against Azerbaijani side FK Qarabag, and the Scottish side will need a much better performance today against the Swedish champions.

You can follow live commentary and running stats on all five games by clicking on the link above.

Wednesday, August 19

Celtic vs. Malmo
FC Basel vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Rapid Vienna vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Skenderbeu Korce vs. Dinamo Zagreb
Valencia vs. Monaco