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UCL play-off round: Who City could face

City will learn which one of five possible teams they will face in the Champions League Play-off round when the draw is made on Friday.

The Blues are in the seeded ‘League route’ of the 11am BST draw alongside Porto, Borussia Monchengladbach, Villarreal and Ajax.

The opponents the Blues will face come from the unseeded section and will be one of either Roma, Monaco, Steaua Bucharest, Young Boys or Rostov.

Out of the quintet, City have only faced Roma previously after the teams were paired in the group stage of the Champions League in 2014/15.

Sergio Aguero put the Blues ahead in the first leg only for Francesco Totti to become the competition’s oldest scorer (aged 38) when he earned the Italians a 1-1 draw.

Needing a win to progress in the return match in Rome, goals from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta secured a 2-0 victory, meaning Roma went into the Europa League as the third-placed side.

Of the other four sides, Romanian side Steaua Bucharest saw off the challenge of Sparta Prague to progress through, drawing 1-1 in Prague and winning the return 2-0.

Swiss outfit Young Boys edged past Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk after a penalty shoot-out. Both teams won their home leg 2-0 but Young Boys won a penalty shoot-out 4-2 in Berne.

Monaco saw off the challenge of Turkish side Fenerbahce over two legs, losing the first tie in Turkey 2-1 but winning the return 3-1 at the Stade Louis II.

Former City Academy graduate Marcos Lopes moved to Monaco last season, but spent much of the campaign on loan with Lille.

Russian side Rostov were held 2-2 at home to Anderlecht in the first leg of their third round tie, but impressively won the return in Belgium 2-0. This is their first Champions League campaign having finished runners-up in the Russian Super League.

In the other half of the Play-off round draw, Patrick Roberts’ Celtic could face Irish side Dundalk for a place in the group stages.

The draw will take place in Nyon and the first legs will played on 16/17 August, with the return matches on 23/24 August.

We will bring you the draw live on www.mancity.com as it happens, as well as on our official social channels, and bring you all the reaction plus factfile and information on our opponents.

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