Hajduk, Osijek, Rijeka Learn opponents

July 18, 2022 – Hajduk, Osijek and Rijeka learn their possible opponents in the qualifiers of the third round of the Conference League, which start early next month.

In the 3rd qualifying round of the Conference League, Hajduk Split will play against the winner of the match between Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães and Hungarian club Puskas Akademia.

Hajduk embarks on the hunt for his first European fall after more than a decade and has a difficult task ahead of him. Vitória de Guimarães finished sixth in the championship and the team is full of young internationals – their average age is 23.6 years. The team’s value is estimated at €42m according to Transfermarkt, which is slightly more than Hajduk (€41.4m).

The last time they competed in Europe was in the 2019-2020 season when they were eliminated in the Europa League group stage.

Vitoria’s top player is young 22-year-old Andre Almeida, who is already a hot commodity on the market. Transfermarkt value him at €5m while Wolverhampton have reportedly already made an offer of almost €10m for the midfielder.

Puskas are the easier opponents as several players have left the club including new Hajduk player Toni Borevković.

The Hungarian club is much smaller than Vitoria, Transfermarkt value him at €12.3m. Jakov Puljić stands out among the better players. They finished third in the championship, 17 points behind Ferencvaros.

Puskas is also known for its fantastic stadium, Pancho Arena, which was built in 2014 and has a total capacity of 3,816 fans.

Osijek and Rijeka could also play in the same stage of the competition if they succeed in the 2nd qualifying round.

If Osijek beats FC Kyzylzhar in the 3rd qualifying round, they can face Bulgarian club Botev Plovdiv or APOEL from Cyrpus. On the other hand, if Rijeka beat Swedish club Djurgården, they will play Romanian club Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe or Slovenian club Olimpija Ljubljana in the next qualifying round.

Hajduk will host the first game and the second leg will be played away, while Osijek and Rijeka will host the first games and the second leg will be played at home.

The first leg will be played on August 4th and the second leg on August 11th.

Conference League 3rd Qualifying Round
Hajduk – Vitória de Guimarães (Portugal) or Puskas Akademia (Hungary)

Botev Plovdiv (Bulgaria) or APOEL (Cyprus) – Osijek

Sepsi (Romania) or Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Rijeka

Dinamo Zagreb also got to know his possible opponent in the 3rd qualifying round of Champions League and 3rd qualifying round of Europa League.

If Dinamo wins against the North Macedonian club KF Shkupi, they will play against the winner of the match between Ludogorec and Shamrock Rovers in the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League.

If they advance to the 3rd preliminary round, Dinamo will play the first away game on August 2nd or 3rd, while the second leg will be played in Maksimir a week later.

If they lose against Shkupi, Dinamo will continue their European journey in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round, where they will face the losers of the same pairing, Ludogorec – Shamrock Rovers.

The first game of the qualifiers for the third round of the Europa League will be played on August 4th and the second week later on August 11th.

Source: Gol.hr

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