City face Steaua in Cham­pi­ons League

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PEP Guardi­ola’s Manch­ester City will play Ro­ma­nian side Steaua Bucharest in the fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fy­ing round af­ter the draw was made in Nyon yes­ter­day.

Guardi­ola, who twice won the com­pe­ti­tion as man­ager with Barcelona, will see his new side travel to the home of the 1986 cham­pi­ons for the first leg as they at­tempt to reach the lu­cra­tive group stages.

Former cham­pi­ons Porto have been handed a tough tie against Roma while four-times win­ners Ajax face Rus­sian side FC Ros­tov. Scot­tish side Celtic must find a way past Is­raeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva, who knocked out Greek side Olympia­cos in the pre­vi­ous round.

New Celtic man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers has said reach­ing the group stages is a pri­or­ity for a side who were the first Bri­tish win­ners of the Euro­pean Cup in 1967. Ire­land's Dun­dalk, who have never reached the group stage, play Poland's Le­gia War­saw, with the first leg switched to Dublin's Aviva Sta­dium.

Ties will be played on Au­gust 16-17 with the re­verse legs a week later.

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