2018–19 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round

The 2018–19 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round began on 26 June and ended on 30 August 2018.[1]

A total of 178 teams competed in the qualifying system of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, which includes the qualifying phase and the play-off round,[2] with 35 teams in Champions Path and 143 teams in Main Path. The 21 winners in the play-off round (8 from Champions Path, 13 from Main Path) advanced to the group stage, to join the 17 teams that entered in the group stage, the 6 losers of the Champions League play-off round (4 from Champions Path, 2 from League Path), and the 4 League Path losers of the Champions League third qualifying round.[3]

TeamsEdit

Champions PathEdit

The Champions Path included all league champions which were eliminated from the Champions Path qualifying phase of the Champions League, and consisted of the following rounds:

Below are the participating teams (with their 2018 UEFA club coefficients),[4] grouped by their starting rounds.

Key to colours
Winners of play-off round advance to group stage
Play-off round
Team Coeff.[4]
  Celtic[Q3] 31.000
  Astana[Q3] 21.750
  Qarabağ[Q3] 20.500
  Malmö FF[Q3] 14.000
  Shkëndija[Q3] 3.500
  Spartak Trnava[Q3] 3.500
Third qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
  Ludogorets Razgrad[Q2] 37.000
  Legia Warsaw[Q2] 24.500
  Sheriff Tiraspol[Q2] 14.750
  Midtjylland[Q2] 11.500
  Hapoel Be'er Sheva[Q2] 10.000
  Rosenborg[Q2] 9.000
  HJK[Q2] 8.000
  Kukësi[Q2] 4.250
  CFR Cluj[Q2] 4.090
  Sūduva Marijampolė[Q2] 2.000
  Cork City[Q1 Bye] 1.750
Second qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
  APOEL[Q1] 27.000
  The New Saints[Q1] 5.000
  Zrinjski Mostar[Q1] 3.750
  F91 Dudelange[Q1] 3.500
  Valletta[Q1] 3.250
  Víkingur Gøta[Q1] 3.000
  Crusaders[Q1] 3.000
  Olimpija Ljubljana[Q1] 2.900
  FC Santa Coloma[PR SF] 2.750
  Lincoln Red Imps[PR F] 2.750
  Alashkert[Q1] 2.500
  Sutjeska Nikšić[Q1] 2.500
  Spartaks Jūrmala[Q1] 1.750
  La Fiorita[PR SF] 1.750
  Valur[Q1] 1.650
  Flora Tallinn[Q1] 1.250
  Torpedo Kutaisi[Q1] 1.000
  Drita[Q1] 0.000
Notes
  1. Q3 Losers of Champions League third qualifying round (Champions Path).
  2. Q2 Losers of Champions League second qualifying round (Champions Path).
  3. Q1 Bye Losers of Champions League first qualifying round which receive a bye to the Europa League third qualifying round.
  4. Q1 Losers of Champions League first qualifying round.
  5. PR F Losers of Champions League preliminary round final.
  6. PR SF Losers of Champions League preliminary round semi-finals.

Main PathEdit

The Main Path included all cup winners and league non-champions which did not qualify directly for the group stage, and consisted of the following rounds:

  • Preliminary round (14 teams): 14 teams which entered in this round.
  • First qualifying round (94 teams): 87 teams which entered in this round, and 7 winners of the preliminary round.
  • Second qualifying round (74 teams): 27 teams which entered in this round, and 47 winners of the first qualifying round.
  • Third qualifying round (52 teams): 15 teams which entered in this round (including 2 League Path losers of the Champions League second qualifying round), and 37 winners of the second qualifying round.
  • Play-off round (26 teams): 26 winners of the third qualifying round.

Below are the participating teams (with their 2018 UEFA club coefficients),[4] grouped by their starting rounds.

Key to colours
Winners of play-off round advance to group stage
Third qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
  Zenit Saint Petersburg 78.000
  Basel[CL] 71.000
  Olympiacos 54.000
  Braga 30.500
  Gent 27.000
  Feyenoord 21.500
  Rapid Wien 21.500
  Rijeka 15.500
  Zorya Luhansk 9.000
  İstanbul Başakşehir 8.500
  Sturm Graz[CL] 6.570
  Luzern 6.040
  Sigma Olomouc 6.035
  Brøndby 5.190
  Universitatea Craiova 4.090
Second qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
  Sevilla 113.000
  Beşiktaş 57.000
  Sparta Prague 34.500
  FCSB 27.500
  Genk 27.000
  AZ 25.000
  RB Leipzig 17.000
  Burnley 15.921
  Atalanta 15.249
  Bordeaux 11.283
  Ufa 10.676
  Rio Ave 9.449
  Asteras Tripolis 9.000
  Mariupol 8.226
  Hajduk Split 7.000
  Admira Wacker Mödling 6.570
  LASK Linz 6.570
  St. Gallen 6.040
  Vitesse 6.000
  Atromitos 5.720
  Hapoel Haifa 4.350
  AEK Larnaca 4.310
  Jagiellonia Białystok 4.025
  Aberdeen 4.000
  Djurgårdens IF 3.995
  Dynamo Brest 3.725
  Lillestrøm 3.485
First qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
  Copenhagen 34.000
  Maribor 22.500
  Maccabi Tel Aviv 22.500
  Partizan 17.000
  Molde 12.500
  Apollon Limassol 10.000
  Dinamo Minsk 8.000
  Lech Poznań 7.000
  FH 5.500
  Dundalk 5.500
  Žalgiris 5.500
  Gabala 5.250
  Osijek 5.200
  Nordsjælland 5.190
  Vardar 5.000
  Trenčín 5.000
  Slovan Bratislava 5.000
  Beitar Jerusalem 4.350
  Anorthosis Famagusta 4.310
  Dinamo Tbilisi 4.250
  Viitorul Constanța 4.090
  Górnik Zabrze 4.025
  AIK 4.000
  Nõmme Kalju 4.000
  BK Häcken 3.995
  Levski Sofia 3.825
  Keşla 3.825
  Neftçi Baku 3.825
  Slavia Sofia 3.825
  CSKA Sofia 3.825
  Ventspils 3.750
  Radnički Niš 3.750
  Spartak Subotica 3.750
  Shakhtyor Soligorsk 3.725
  Rangers 3.725
  Hibernian 3.725
  Kairat 3.625
  Irtysh Pavlodar 3.625
  Tobol 3.625
  Fola Esch 3.500
  Sarpsborg 08 3.485
  Rabotnički 3.250
  Sarajevo 3.250
  Domžale 3.000
  Titograd Podgorica 3.000
  Željezničar 3.000
  Rudar Velenje 2.900
  Vaduz 2.750
  FCI Levadia 2.750
  Milsami Orhei 2.750
  Stjarnan 2.750
  Ferencváros 2.500
  Cliftonville 2.500
  DAC Dunajská Streda 2.425
  Budućnost Podgorica 2.250
  Široki Brijeg 2.250
  Pyunik 2.250
  Zaria Bălți 2.000
  Partizani 2.000
  Chikhura Sachkhere 2.000
  Petrocub Hîncești 2.000
  Rudar Pljevlja 1.750
  Laçi 1.700
  Luftëtari 1.700
  ÍBV 1.650
  Honvéd 1.625
  Újpest 1.625
  Liepāja 1.500
  Shkupi 1.500
  Lahti 1.380
  KuPS 1.380
  Ilves 1.380
  Shamrock Rovers 1.340
  Derry City 1.340
  Samtredia 1.250
  Riga FC 1.125
  Narva Trans 1.100
  Stumbras 1.075
  Gandzasar Kapan 0.975
  Banants 0.975
  Balzan 0.900
  Progrès Niederkorn 0.875
  Racing FC 0.875
  Coleraine 0.850
  Glenavon 0.850
  Connah's Quay Nomads 0.775
  NSÍ Runavík 0.750
Preliminary round
Team Coeff.[4]
  Birkirkara 2.750
  Trakai 1.750
  Europa 1.500
  B36 Tórshavn 1.500
  Folgore 1.250
  Bala Town 1.000
  Gżira United 0.900
  Cefn Druids 0.775
  Sant Julià 0.750
  KÍ Klaksvík 0.750
  St Joseph's 0.600
  Engordany 0.266
  Prishtina 0.250
  Tre Fiori 0.099
Notes
  1. CL Losers of Champions League second qualifying round (League Path).

FormatEdit

Each tie is played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advance to the next round. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e. the team that scores more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, then extra time is played. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e. if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out.[3]

For the Champions Path, in the draws for each round, teams (whose identity is not known at the time of the draws) are divided into seeded and unseeded pots, which may contain different numbers of teams, based on the following principles:

  • In the second qualifying round draw, 15 of the 16 losers of the Champions League first qualifying round (excluding 1 team which receives a bye to the third qualifying round as decided by an additional draw held after the Champions League first qualifying round draw) are seeded, and the three losers of the Champions League preliminary round are unseeded.
  • In the third qualifying round draw, the ten losers of the Champions League second qualifying round are seeded, and the loser of the first qualifying round which receives a bye (whose identity is known at the time of the draw) and the nine winners of the second qualifying round are unseeded.
  • In the play-off round draw, the six losers of the Champions League third qualifying round are seeded, and the ten winners of the third qualifying round are unseeded.

In the beginning of the draws, a seeded team is drawn against an unseeded team, with the order of legs in each tie decided by draw, until one of the pots is empty. Afterwards, the remaining teams from the non-empty pot are drawn against each other, with the order of legs in each tie decided by draw.

For the Main Path, in the draws for each round, teams are seeded based on their UEFA club coefficients at the beginning of the season, with the teams divided into seeded and unseeded pots containing the same number of teams. A seeded team is drawn against an unseeded team, with the order of legs in each tie decided by draw. As the identity of the winners of the previous round is not known at the time of the draws, the seeding is carried out under the assumption that the team with the higher coefficient of an undecided tie advances to this round, which means if the team with the lower coefficient is to advance, it simply take the seeding of its opponent.

Prior to the draws, UEFA may form "groups" in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, but they are purely for convenience of the draw and do not resemble any real groupings in the sense of the competition. Teams from the same association or from associations with political conflicts as decided by UEFA may not be drawn into the same tie. After the draws, the order of legs of a tie may be reversed by UEFA due to scheduling or venue conflicts.[3]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule was as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland).[1]

Qualifying phase and play-off round schedule
Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary round 12 June 2018 28 June 2018 5 July 2018
First qualifying round 19 June 2018 (Champions Path)
20 June 2018 (Main Path)
12 July 2018 19 July 2018
Second qualifying round 26 July 2018 2 August 2018
Third qualifying round 23 July 2018 9 August 2018 16 August 2018
Play-off round 6 August 2018 23 August 2018 30 August 2018

Matches may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

Preliminary roundEdit

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 12 June 2018, 13:00 CEST.[5]

SeedingEdit

A total of 14 teams were involved in the preliminary round draw. Seven teams were seeded and seven teams were unseeded. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same tie, and if such a pairing was drawn or was set to be drawn in the final tie, the second team drawn in the current tie would be moved to the next tie.

Seeded Unseeded

MatchesEdit

The first legs were played on 26 and 28 June, and the second legs on 5 July 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Europa   1–6   Prishtina 1–1 0–5
Sant Julià   1–4   Gżira United 0–2 1–2
Engordany   3–2   Folgore 2–1 1–1
B36 Tórshavn   2–2 (4–2 p)   St Joseph's 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Birkirkara   2–3   KÍ Klaksvík 1–1 1–2
Tre Fiori   3–1   Bala Town 3–0 0–1
Cefn Druids   1–2   Trakai 1–1 0–1

First qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 20 June 2018, 12:00 CEST.[6]

SeedingEdit

A total of 94 teams were involved in the first qualifying round draw: 87 teams entering in this round, and the seven winners of the preliminary round. They were divided into nine groups: seven of ten teams, where five teams were seeded and five teams were unseeded, and two of twelve teams, where six teams were seeded and six teams were unseeded. Numbers were pre-assigned for each team by UEFA so that the draw could be held in one run for all groups with ten teams and one run for all groups with twelve teams.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Group 7 Group 8 Group 9
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the preliminary round. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.

MatchesEdit

The first legs were played on 10, 11 and 12 July, and the second legs on 17, 18 and 19 July 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Stjarnan   3–1   Nõmme Kalju 3–0 0–1
Ilves   1–3   Slavia Sofia 0–1 1–2
KÍ Klaksvík   2–3   Žalgiris 1–2 1–1
Fola Esch   0–0 (5–4 p)   Prishtina 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Glenavon   3–6   Molde 2–1 1–5
DAC Dunajská Streda   3–2   Dinamo Tbilisi 1–1 2–1
Stumbras   1–2   Apollon Limassol 1–0 0–2
Široki Brijeg   3–3 (a)   Domžale 2–2 1–1
Rangers   2–0   Shkupi 2–0 0–0
Gabala   1–2[A]   Progrès Niederkorn 0–2 1–0
Racing FC   0–2   Viitorul Constanța 0–2 0–0
Samtredia   0–3   Tobol 0–1 0–2
Partizani   0–3   Maribor 0–1 0–2
Neftçi Baku   3–5   Újpest 3–1 0–4
Budućnost Podgorica   1–3   Trenčín 0–2 1–1
Derry City   2–3   Dinamo Minsk 0–2 2–1
B36 Tórshavn   2–1   Titograd Podgorica 0–0 2–1
Górnik Zabrze   2–1[A]   Zaria Bǎlți 1–0 1–1
Spartak Subotica   3–1   Coleraine 1–1 2–0
Pyunik   3–0   Vardar 1–0 2–0
Shamrock Rovers   1–2   AIK 0–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Connah's Quay Nomads   1–5   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–3 0–2
Lahti   0–3   FH 0–3 0–0
Ventspils   8–3   Luftëtari 5–0 3–3
Cliftonville   1–3   Nordsjælland 0–1 1–2
Banants   1–5   Sarajevo 1–2 0–3
Engordany   1–10   Kairat 0–3 1–7
Petrocub Hîncești   2–3   Osijek 1–1 1–2
Anorthosis Famagusta   2–2 (a)   Laçi 2–1 0–1
Ferencváros   1–2   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 0–1
Balzan   5–3   Keşla 4–1 1–2
Rabotnički   2–5[A]   Honvéd 2–1 0–4
Rudar Pljevlja   0–6   Partizan 0–3 0–3
CSKA Sofia   1–1 (5–3 p)   Riga FC 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Milsami Orhei   2–9   Slovan Bratislava 2–4 0–5
Radnički Niš   5–0   Gżira United 4–0 1–0
Lech Poznań   3–2   Gandzasar Kapan 2–0 1–2
Chikhura Sachkhere   2–1   Beitar Jerusalem 0–0 2–1
Vaduz   3–3 (a)   Levski Sofia 1–0 2–3
Narva Trans   1–5[A]   Željezničar 0–2 1–3
Trakai   1–0   Irtysh Pavlodar 0–0 1–0
Hibernian   12–5   NSÍ Runavík 6–1 6–4
Rudar Velenje   10–0   Tre Fiori 7–0 3–0
FCI Levadia   1–3   Dundalk 0–1 1–2
ÍBV   0–6   Sarpsborg 08 0–4 0–2
KuPS   1–2[A]   Copenhagen 0–1 1–1
Liepāja   2–4   BK Häcken 0–3 2–1

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the second qualifying round Champions Path was held on 19 June 2018, 16:00 CEST,[7] and the draw for the second qualifying round Main Path was held on 20 June 2018, 14:50 CEST.[6]

SeedingEdit

A total of 18 teams were involved in the second qualifying round Champions Path draw.

  • Seeded: 15 of the 16 losers of the Champions League first qualifying round (excluding the losers of the Champions League first qualifying round given a bye to the third qualifying round as decided by an additional draw held after the Champions League first qualifying round draw)
  • Unseeded: the three losers of the Champions League preliminary round

They were divided into three groups of six teams, where five teams were seeded and one team were unseeded. Teams from Serbia and Kosovo, and Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo, could not be drawn into the same tie, and if such a potential pairing was drawn, the second team drawn in the current tie would be moved to the next tie.

Champions Path
Bye to third qualifying round
(decided by draw)
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
  Cork City

A total of 74 teams were involved in the second qualifying round Main Path draw: 27 teams entering in this round, and the 47 winners of the first qualifying round. They were divided into seven groups: five of ten teams, where five teams were seeded and five teams were unseeded, and two of twelve teams, where six teams were seeded and six teams were unseeded. Numbers were pre-assigned for each team by UEFA so that the draw could be held in one run for all groups with ten teams and one run for all groups with twelve teams.

Main Path
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Group 4 Group 5
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Group 6 Group 7
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the first qualifying round. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.

MatchesEdit

The first legs were played on 26 July, and the second legs on 31 July, 1 and 2 August 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Cork City   Bye N/A N/A N/A
The New Saints   3–2   Lincoln Red Imps 2–1 1–1
Torpedo Kutaisi   7–0   Víkingur Gøta 3–0 4–0
Zrinjski Mostar   3–2   Valletta 1–1 2–1
FC Santa Coloma   1–3   Valur 1–0 0–3
Sutjeska Nikšić   0–1   Alashkert 0–1 0–0
F91 Dudelange   3–2   Drita 2–1 1–1
Spartaks Jūrmala   9–0   La Fiorita 6–0 3–0
APOEL   5–2   Flora Tallinn 5–0 0–2
Olimpija Ljubljana   6–2   Crusaders 5–1 1–1
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
Molde   5–0   Laçi 3–0 2–0
Atalanta   10–2[A]   Sarajevo 2–2 8–0
Žalgiris   2–1   Vaduz 1–0 1–1
Kairat   3–2   AZ 2–0 1–2
Aberdeen   2–4   Burnley 1–1 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Partizan   2–1   Trakai 1–0 1–1
Balzan   3–4   Slovan Bratislava 2–1 1–3
Nordsjælland   2–0   AIK 1–0 1–0
Rudar Velenje   0–6   FCSB 0–2 0–4
Hapoel Haifa   2–1   FH 1–1 1–0
Dundalk   0–4   AEK Larnaca 0–0 0–4
Górnik Zabrze   1–5   Trenčín 0–1 1–4
Maccabi Tel Aviv   4–2   Radnički Niš 2–0 2–2
CSKA Sofia   6–1   Admira Wacker Mödling 3–0 3–1
Spartak Subotica   3–2   Sparta Prague 2–0 1–2
RB Leipzig   5–1   BK Häcken 4–0 1–1
Stjarnan   0–7   Copenhagen 0–2 0–5
Ufa   1–1 (a)   Domžale 0–0 1–1
Tobol   2–2 (a)   Pyunik 2–1 0–1
Jagiellonia Białystok   5–4   Rio Ave 1–0 4–4
LASK Linz   6–1   Lillestrøm 4–0 2–1
Honvéd   1–2   Progrès Niederkorn 1–0 0–2
Osijek   1–2   Rangers 0–1 1–1
B36 Tórshavn   0–8   Beşiktaş 0–2 0–6
DAC Dunajská Streda   2–7   Dinamo Minsk 1–3 1–4
Ventspils   1–3   Bordeaux 0–1 1–2
Željezničar   2–5   Apollon Limassol 1–2 1–3
Viitorul Constanța   3–5   Vitesse 2–2 1–3
St. Gallen   2–2 (a)   Sarpsborg 08 2–1 0–1
Dynamo Brest   5–4   Atromitos 4–3 1–1
Sevilla   7–1   Újpest 4–0 3–1
Shakhtyor Soligorsk   2–4   Lech Poznań 1–1 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Hibernian   4–3   Asteras Tripolis 3–2 1–1
Chikhura Sachkhere   0–2   Maribor 0–0 0–2
Genk   9–1   Fola Esch 5–0 4–1
Djurgårdens IF   2–3   Mariupol 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Hajduk Split   4–2   Slavia Sofia 1–0 3–2

Notes

  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Third qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the third qualifying round Champions Path was held on 23 July 2018, 12:45 CEST, and the draw for the third qualifying round Main Path was held on 23 July 2018, 14:00 CEST.[8]

SeedingEdit

A total of 20 teams were involved in the third qualifying round Champions Path draw.

  • Seeded: the 10 losers of the Champions League second qualifying round Champions Path
  • Unseeded: the loser of the Champions League first qualifying round which received a bye, and the 9 winners of the Europa League second qualifying round Champions Path

They were divided into two groups of ten teams, where five teams were seeded and five teams were unseeded.

Champions Path
Group 1 Group 2
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Loser of the Champions League first qualifying round which received a bye.

A total of 52 teams were involved in the third qualifying round Main Path draw: 13 teams entering in this round, the 37 winners of the second qualifying round Main Path, and the two Champions League losers of the second qualifying round League Path. They were divided into five groups: four of ten teams, where five teams were seeded and five teams were unseeded, and one of twelve teams, where six teams were seeded and six teams were unseeded. Numbers were pre-assigned for each team by UEFA so that the draw could be held in one run for all groups with ten teams and one run for all groups with twelve teams.

Main Path
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Group 4 Group 5
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the second qualifying round. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.
  2. CL Losers of the Champions League second qualifying round. Teams in italics lost to a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.

MatchesEdit

The first legs were played on 7 and 9 August, and the second legs on 16 August 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Ludogorets Razgrad   2–1   Zrinjski Mostar 1–0 1–1
Legia Warsaw   3–4   F91 Dudelange 1–2 2–2
Alashkert   0–7   CFR Cluj 0–2 0–5
Olimpija Ljubljana   7–1   HJK 3–0 4–1
Sheriff Tiraspol   2–2 (a)   Valur 1–0 1–2
Cork City   0–5   Rosenborg 0–2 0–3
Spartaks Jūrmala   0–1   Sūduva Marijampolė 0–1 0–0
The New Saints   1–5   Midtjylland 0–2 1–3
Hapoel Be'er Sheva   3–5   APOEL 2–2 1–3
Torpedo Kutaisi   5–4   Kukësi 5–2 0–2
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
Pyunik   1–2   Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–0 1–2
Dinamo Minsk   5–8   Zenit Saint Petersburg 4–0 1–8 (a.e.t.)
Sturm Graz   0–7   AEK Larnaca 0–2 0–5
Sarpsborg 08   2–1   Rijeka 1–1 1–0
İstanbul Başakşehir   0–1   Burnley 0–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Zorya Luhansk   3–3 (a)   Braga 1–1 2–2
Hapoel Haifa   1–6   Atalanta 1–4 0–2
Genk   4–1   Lech Poznań 2–0 2–1
Vitesse   0–2   Basel 0–1 0–1
Nordsjælland   3–5   Partizan 1–2 2–3
Hibernian   0–3   Molde 0–0 0–3
Hajduk Split   1–2   FCSB 0–0 1–2
Sevilla   6–0   Žalgiris 1–0 5–0
Sigma Olomouc   4–1   Kairat 2–0 2–1
Slovan Bratislava   2–5   Rapid Wien 2–1 0–4
Mariupol   2–5   Bordeaux 1–3 1–2
CSKA Sofia   2–4   Copenhagen 1–2 1–2
Olympiacos   7–1   Luzern 4–0 3–1
Rangers   3–1   Maribor 3–1 0–0
Trenčín   5–1   Feyenoord 4–0 1–1
Jagiellonia Białystok   1–4   Gent 0–1 1–3
Spartak Subotica   1–4   Brøndby 0–2 1–2
Ufa   4–3   Progrès Niederkorn 2–1 2–2
Beşiktaş   2–2 (a)   LASK Linz 1–0 1–2
Apollon Limassol   4–1   Dynamo Brest 4–0 0–1
RB Leipzig   4–2   Universitatea Craiova 3–1 1–1

Play-off roundEdit

The draw for the play-off round was held on 6 August 2018, 13:30 CEST.[9]

SeedingEdit

A total of 16 teams were involved in the play-off round Champions Path draw.

  • Seeded: the six losers of the Champions League third qualifying round Champions Path
  • Unseeded: the 10 winners of the Europa League third qualifying round Champions Path

They were divided into two groups of eight teams, where three teams were seeded and five teams were unseeded.

Champions Path
Group 1 Group 2
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded

A total of 26 teams, all winners of the third qualifying round Main Path, were involved in the play-off round Main Path draw. They were divided into three groups: two of eight teams, where four teams were seeded and four teams were unseeded, and one of ten teams, where five teams were seeded and five teams were unseeded. Numbers were pre-assigned for each team by UEFA so that the draw could be held in one run for all groups with eight teams and one run for all groups with ten teams.

Main Path
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the third qualifying round. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.

MatchesEdit

The first legs were played on 23 August, and the second legs on 30 August 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Olimpija Ljubljana   1–3   Spartak Trnava 0–2 1–1
APOEL   1–1 (1–2 p)   Astana 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Rosenborg   5–1   Shkëndija 3–1 2–0
F91 Dudelange   5–2   CFR Cluj 2–0 3–2
Sūduva Marijampolė   1–4   Celtic 1–1 0–3
Sheriff Tiraspol   1–3   Qarabağ 1–0 0–3
Malmö FF   4–2   Midtjylland 2–2 2–0
Torpedo Kutaisi   0–5   Ludogorets Razgrad 0–1 0–4
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Main Path
Sigma Olomouc   0–4   Sevilla 0–1 0–3
Sarpsborg 08   4–3   Maccabi Tel Aviv 3–1 1–2
Gent   0–2   Bordeaux 0–0 0–2
Partizan   1–4   Beşiktaş 1–1 0–3
Rapid Wien   4–3   FCSB 3–1 1–2
Basel   3–3 (a)[A]   Apollon Limassol 3–2 0–1
Rangers   2–1   Ufa 1–0 1–1
Atalanta   0–0 (3–4 p)   Copenhagen 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Zenit Saint Petersburg   4–3   Molde 3–1 1–2
Trenčín   1–4   AEK Larnaca 1–1 0–3
Genk   9–4   Brøndby 5–2 4–2
Olympiacos   4–2   Burnley 3–1 1–1
Zorya Luhansk   2–3   RB Leipzig 0–0 2–3

Notes

  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Top goalscorersEdit

There were 848 goals scored in 314 matches in the qualifying phase and play-off round, for an average of 2.7 goals per match.[10]

Rank Player Team Goals
1   Adeleke Akinyemi   Ventspils 7
  Eirik Hestad   Molde
3   Márton Eppel   Kairat 6
  Antonio Mance   Trenčín
  Mbwana Samatta   Genk
  Pablo Sarabia   Sevilla
  Ivan Tričkovski   AEK Larnaca
8   Eliran Atar   Maccabi Tel Aviv 5
  Christian Gytkjær   Lech Poznań
  Kenan Kodro   Copenhagen
  Uroš Nikolić   Dinamo Minsk
  Andraž Šporar   Slovan Bratislava
  Leandro Trossard   Genk
13 15 players 4

Source:[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2018/19 Europa League match and draw calendar". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ "This season's Europa League qualifying system explained". UEFA.com. 23 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League 2018/19" (PDF). UEFA.com. 25 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  5. ^ "UEFA Europa League preliminary round draw". UEFA.com.
  6. ^ a b "UEFA Europa League first and second qualifying round main path draws". UEFA.com.
  7. ^ "UEFA Europa League second qualifying round champions path draw". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "UEFA Europa League third qualifying round draw". UEFA.com.
  9. ^ "UEFA Europa League play-off draw". UEFA.com.
  10. ^ "UEFA Europa League – Statistics". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ "UEFA Europa League – Statistics". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 11 July 2018.

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