Shakhtar handed Fener test, Monaco faces Young Boys


Shakhtar Donetsk have been handed a stern test in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League after being drawn against Fenerbahce.

The Ukrainian side reached the last 16 of last season's competition and will need to overcome a big challenge in the form of Fenerbahce, which was banned from the 2014-15 tournament due to a match-fixing scandal, to progress to the play-off round.

Monaco, beaten in the quarter-finals by eventual runner-up Juventus last term, has been handed a much simpler task as it takes on Swiss side Young Boys.

Four-time European champion Ajax should be confident of coming through its tie with Rapid Vienna, while Club Brugge faces Panathinaikos and CSKA Moscow meets Sparta Prague.

Meanwhile, Celtic – winner of the European Cup back in 1967 – will face the victor of the second qualifying round tie between Qarabag and Rudar Pljevlja should it come through its tie with Stjarnan.

The Scottish champion leads 2-0 from the first leg at Parkhead.

Swiss side Basel has een handed a tie with either Sarajevo or Lech Poznan and Steaua Bucharest is poised to take on Partizan or Dila Gori if it wraps up a second-round success over Trencin. The Romanian team leads 2-0 from the first leg.

The draw in full: 

Panathinaikos v Club Brugge
Young Boys v Monaco
CSKA Moscow v Sparta Prague
Rapid Vienna v Ajax
Fenerbahce v Shakhtar Donetsk
Sarajevo/Lech Poznan v FC Basel
Ludogorets/Milsami Orhei v Skenderbeu/Crusaders
Ventspils/HJK v Maribor/Astana
Celtic/Stjarnan v Qarabag/Rudar Pljevlja
Trencin/Steaua Bucharest v Partizan/Dila Gori
FC Midtjylland/Lincoln FC v APOEL/FK Vardar
Hibernians/Maccabi Tel Aviv v Viktoria Plzen
Dinamo Zagreb/Fola Esch v Molde/Pyunik
The New Saints/Videoton v BATE Borisov/Dundalk
Salzburg v Malmo/Zalgiris

Source Omnisport