2015–16 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round

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The 2015–16 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round began on 30 June and ended on 26 August 2015. A total of 56 teams competed in the qualifying phase and play-off round to decide 10 of the 32 places in the group stage of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.[1]

All times were CEST (UTC+2).

Round and draw dates[edit]

All draws were held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[2]

Round Draw date and time First leg Second leg
First qualifying round 22 June 2015, 12:00[3] 30 June – 1 July 2015 7–8 July 2015
Second qualifying round 14–15 July 2015 21–22 July 2015
Third qualifying round 17 July 2015, 12:00[4] 28–29 July 2015 4–5 August 2015
Play-off round 7 August 2015, 12:00[5] 18–19 August 2015 25–26 August 2015

Format[edit]

In the qualifying phase and play-off round, each tie was played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that scored more goals on aggregate over the two legs advanced to the next round. If the aggregate score was level, the away goals rule was applied, i.e., the team that scored more goals away from home over the two legs advanced. If away goals were also equal, then thirty minutes of extra time was played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. The away goals rule was again applied after extra time, i.e., if there were goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score was still level, the visiting team advanced by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals were scored during extra time, the tie was decided by penalty shoot-out.[1]

In the draws for each round, teams were seeded based on their UEFA club coefficients at the beginning of the season, with the teams divided into seeded and unseeded pots. A seeded team was drawn against an unseeded team, with the order of legs in each tie decided by draw. Due to the limited time between matches, the draws for the second and third qualifying rounds took place before the results of the previous round were known. For these draws (or in any cases where the result of a tie in the previous round was not known at the time of the draw), the seeding was carried out under the assumption that the team with the higher coefficient of an undecided tie advanced to this round, which means if the team with the lower coefficient was to advance, it simply took the seeding of its defeated opponent. Prior to the draws, UEFA formed "groups" in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, but they were purely for convenience of the draw and for ensuring that teams from the same association were not drawn against each other, and did not resemble any real groupings in the sense of the competition.[1]

Teams[edit]

There were two routes which the teams were separated into during qualifying:

  • Champions Route, which included all domestic champions which had not qualified for the group stage.
  • League Route (also called the Non-champions Path or the Best-placed Path), which included all domestic non-champions which had not qualified for the group stage.

A total of 56 teams (41 in Champions Route, 15 in League Route) were involved in the qualifying phase and play-off round. The 10 winners of the play-off round (5 in Champions Route, 5 in League Route) advanced to the group stage to join the 22 teams which entered in the group stage. The 15 losers of the third qualifying round entered the Europa League play-off round, and the 10 losers of the play-off round entered the Europa League group stage.[1]

Below are the participating teams (with their 2015 UEFA club coefficients),[6] grouped by their starting rounds.[7]

Key to colours
Winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage
Losers of the play-off round entered the Europa League group stage
Losers of the third qualifying round entered the Europa League play-off round

Champions Route[edit]

Third qualifying round
Team Coeff
Switzerland Basel 84.875
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 43.135
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 41.825
Second qualifying round
Team Coeff
Romania Steaua București 40.259
Scotland Celtic 39.080
Cyprus APOEL 35.460
Belarus BATE Borisov 35.150
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 25.350
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 24.700
Slovenia Maribor 22.225
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 18.200
Poland Lech Poznań 17.300
Serbia Partizan 14.775
Sweden Malmö FF 12.545
Azerbaijan Qarabağ 11.500
Finland HJK 11.140
Norway Molde 10.375
Denmark Midtjylland 7.960
Hungary Videoton 7.950
Albania Skënderbeu 5.575
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 5.500
Latvia Ventspils 5.350
Georgia (country) Dila Gori 4.875
Slovakia Trenčín 4.250
Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius 3.900
Kazakhstan Astana 3.825
Moldova Milsami Orhei 3.750
Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 3.375
North Macedonia Vardar 3.175
Iceland Stjarnan 3.100
Luxembourg Fola Esch 2.525
Republic of Ireland Dundalk 2.150
Malta Hibernians 1.591
First qualifying round
Team Coeff
Wales The New Saints 5.575
Estonia Levadia Tallinn 4.200
Armenia Pyunik 3.550
Andorra FC Santa Coloma 2.666
Northern Ireland Crusaders 2.475
Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 1.450
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 0.550
San Marino Folgore 0.349

League Route[edit]

Play-off round
Team Coeff
England Manchester United 103.078
Spain Valencia 99.999
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 87.883
Portugal Sporting CP 56.276
Italy Lazio 49.102
Third qualifying round
Team Coeff
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 86.033
Netherlands Ajax 66.195
Russia CSKA Moscow 55.599
Belgium Club Brugge 41.440
France Monaco 31.483
Switzerland Young Boys 31.375
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 30.825
Turkey Fenerbahçe 30.020
Greece Panathinaikos 19.880
Austria Rapid Wien 15.635

First qualifying round[edit]

Seeding[edit]

A total of eight teams played in the first qualifying round.[3] The draw was held on 22 June 2015.[8][9]

Seeded Unseeded

Wales The New Saints
Estonia Levadia Tallinn
Armenia Pyunik
Andorra FC Santa Coloma

Northern Ireland Crusaders
Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
San Marino Folgore

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on 30 June and 1 July, and the second legs were played on 7 July 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar 2–1 Andorra FC Santa Coloma 0–0 2–1
Crusaders Northern Ireland 1–1 (a) Estonia Levadia Tallinn 0–0 1–1
Pyunik Armenia 4–2 San Marino Folgore 2–1 2–1
B36 Tórshavn Faroe Islands 2–6 Wales The New Saints 1–2 1–4

Matches[edit]

Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar0–0Andorra FC Santa Coloma
Report
FC Santa Coloma Andorra1–2Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
Lima Goal 44' Report Bardon Goal 48'
L. Casciaro Goal 64'

Lincoln Red Imps won 2–1 on aggregate.


Crusaders Northern Ireland0–0Estonia Levadia Tallinn
Report
Attendance: 1,748[10]
Levadia Tallinn Estonia1–1Northern Ireland Crusaders
Luts Goal 22' Report Carvill Goal 4'

1–1 on aggregate. Crusaders won on away goals.


Pyunik Armenia2–1San Marino Folgore
Satumyan Goal 45+2'
Romero Goal 48'
Report Hirsch Goal 71'
Folgore San Marino1–2Armenia Pyunik
Traini Goal 65' Report K. Hovhannisyan Goal 6'
Satumyan Goal 41'

Pyunik won 4–2 on aggregate.


B36 Tórshavn Faroe Islands1–2Wales The New Saints
Samuelsen Goal 7' Report Quigley Goal 9'
Wilde Goal 90'
The New Saints Wales4–1Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn
Wilde Goal 15'27'47'
Williams Goal 89'
Report Cieślewicz Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 1,148[10]

The New Saints won 6–2 on aggregate.

Second qualifying round[edit]

Seeding[edit]

A total of 34 teams played in the second qualifying round: 30 teams which entered in this round, and the four winners of the first qualifying round.[3] The draw was held on 22 June 2015.[8][9]

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded

Cyprus APOEL
Slovenia Maribor
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Poland Lech Poznań
Azerbaijan Qarabağ

Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Kazakhstan Astana
Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja
North Macedonia Vardar
Malta Hibernians

Scotland Celtic
Belarus BATE Borisov
Sweden Malmö FF
Finland HJK
Norway Molde
Denmark Midtjylland

Latvia Ventspils
Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
Armenia Pyunik[†]
Iceland Stjarnan
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps[†]
Republic of Ireland Dundalk

Romania Steaua București
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Serbia Partizan
Hungary Videoton
Albania Skënderbeu

Wales The New Saints[†]
Georgia (country) Dila Gori
Slovakia Trenčín
Northern Ireland Crusaders[†]
Moldova Milsami Orhei
Luxembourg Fola Esch

Notes
  1. Winners of the first qualifying round whose identity was not known at the time of the draw. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient in the first qualifying round, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their defeated opponent in the draw for the second qualifying round.

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on 14 and 15 July, and the second legs were played on 21 and 22 July 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hibernians Malta 3–6 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–1 1–5
APOEL Cyprus 1–1 (a) North Macedonia Vardar 0–0 1–1
Qarabağ Azerbaijan 1–0 Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 0–0 1–0
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–3 Poland Lech Poznań 0–2 0–1
Maribor Slovenia 2–3 Kazakhstan Astana 1–0 1–3
BATE Borisov Belarus 2–1 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 2–1 0–0
Ventspils Latvia 1–4[A] Finland HJK 1–3 0–1
Midtjylland Denmark 3–0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 1–0 2–0
Molde Norway 5–1 Armenia Pyunik 5–0 0–1
Malmö FF Sweden 1–0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius 0–0 1–0
Celtic Scotland 6–1 Iceland Stjarnan 2–0 4–1
Trenčín Slovakia 3–4 Romania Steaua București 0–2 3–2
Partizan Serbia 3–0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori 1–0 2–0
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 1–3 Moldova Milsami Orhei 0–1 1–2
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 4–1[A] Luxembourg Fola Esch 1–1 3–0
Skënderbeu Albania 6–4 Northern Ireland Crusaders 4–1 2–3
The New Saints Wales 1–2 Hungary Videoton 0–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Notes
  1. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Matches[edit]

Hibernians Malta2–1Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Jorginho Goal 74'
Lima Goal 85'
Report Igiebor Goal 22'
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel5–1Malta Hibernians
Jorginho Goal 32' (o.g.)
Zahavi Goal 58' (pen.)90'
Ben Haim II Goal 61'
Igiebor Goal 82'
Report Soares Goal 52'

Maccabi Tel Aviv won 6–3 on aggregate.


APOEL Cyprus0–0North Macedonia Vardar
Report
Attendance: 14,531[11]
Vardar North Macedonia1–1Cyprus APOEL
Ljamčevski Goal 90+4' Report De Vincenti Goal 60'
Attendance: 22,540[11]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)

1–1 on aggregate. APOEL won on away goals.


Qarabağ Azerbaijan0–0Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja
Report
Rudar Pljevlja Montenegro0–1Azerbaijan Qarabağ
Report Reynaldo Goal 57'

Qarabağ won 1–0 on aggregate.


Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina0–2Poland Lech Poznań
Report Hämäläinen Goal 40'
Thomalla Goal 62'
Lech Poznań Poland1–0Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Douglas Goal 6' Report
Attendance: 22,205[11]

Lech Poznań won 3–0 on aggregate.


Maribor Slovenia1–0Kazakhstan Astana
Šuler Goal 5' Report
Astana Kazakhstan3–1Slovenia Maribor
Dzholchiev Goal 12'
Cañas Goal 43'
Twumasi Goal 58'
Report Rajčević Goal 39'

Astana won 3–2 on aggregate.


BATE Borisov Belarus2–1Republic of Ireland Dundalk
Karnitsky Goal 11'
Yablonskiy Goal 38'
Report McMillan Goal 32'
Attendance: 11,421[11]
Dundalk Republic of Ireland0–0Belarus BATE Borisov
Report
Attendance: 3,103[11]

BATE Borisov won 2–1 on aggregate.


Ventspils Latvia1–3Finland HJK
Jemeļins Goal 63' Report Zeneli Goal 75' (pen.)
Jallow Goal 86'
Tanaka Goal 90+2'
HJK Finland1–0Latvia Ventspils
Havenaar Goal 83' Report
Attendance: 6,562[11]

HJK won 4–1 on aggregate.


Midtjylland Denmark1–0Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
Rasmussen Goal 33' Report
Attendance: 5,291[11]
Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar0–2Denmark Midtjylland
Report Pušić Goal 44'
Duelund Goal 89'

Midtjylland won 3–0 on aggregate.


Molde Norway5–0Armenia Pyunik
Elyounoussi Goal 35'44'
Kamara Goal 84'90+2'
Moström Goal 90+5'
Report
Pyunik Armenia1–0Norway Molde
Badoyan Goal 74' Report

Molde won 5–1 on aggregate.


Malmö FF Sweden0–0Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
Report
Žalgiris Vilnius Lithuania0–1Sweden Malmö FF
Report Tinnerholm Goal 55'
Attendance: 4,933[11]

Malmö FF won 1–0 on aggregate.


Celtic Scotland2–0Iceland Stjarnan
Boyata Goal 44'
Johansen Goal 56'
Report
Attendance: 37,969[11]
Stjarnan Iceland1–4Scotland Celtic
Finsen Goal 7' Report Bitton Goal 33'
Mulgrew Goal 49'
Griffiths Goal 88'
Johansen Goal 90+3'

Celtic won 6–1 on aggregate.


Trenčín Slovakia0–2Romania Steaua București
Report Stanciu Goal 63'
Hamroun Goal 70'
Steaua București Romania2–3Slovakia Trenčín
Muniru Goal 57'
Tadé Goal 60' (pen.)
Report Wesley Goal 13'84'
Bero Goal 21'

Steaua București won 4–3 on aggregate.


Partizan Serbia1–0Georgia (country) Dila Gori
Babović Goal 83' Report
Dila Gori Georgia (country)0–2Serbia Partizan
Report Brašanac Goal 37'
Oumarou Goal 64'

Partizan won 3–0 on aggregate.


Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria0–1Moldova Milsami Orhei
Report Antoniuc Goal 41'
Milsami Orhei Moldova2–1Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Andronic Goal 26'
Racu Goal 89'
Report Wanderson Goal 25'
Attendance: 2,970[11]

Milsami Orhei won 3–1 on aggregate.


Dinamo Zagreb Croatia1–1Luxembourg Fola Esch
Henríquez Goal 36' Report Hadji Goal 25'
Fola Esch Luxembourg0–3Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Report Pjaca Goal 29'40'
Rog Goal 75'

Dinamo Zagreb won 4–1 on aggregate.


Skënderbeu Albania4–1Northern Ireland Crusaders
Nimaga Goal 15'
Salihi Goal 34'83'
Berisha Goal 76'
Report Owens Goal 48'
Crusaders Northern Ireland3–2Albania Skënderbeu
O'Flynn Goal 50'
Snoddy Goal 90+2'
Mitchell Goal 90+3'
Report Berisha Goal 69'
Latifi Goal 77'
Attendance: 1,548[11]

Skënderbeu won 6–4 on aggregate.


The New Saints Wales0–1Hungary Videoton
Report Gyurcsó Goal 77'
Attendance: 1,068[11]
Videoton Hungary1–1 (a.e.t.)Wales The New Saints
Gyurcsó Goal 107' Report Williams Goal 78'

Videoton won 2–1 on aggregate.

Third qualifying round[edit]

Seeding[edit]

The third qualifying round was split into two separate sections: Champions Route (for league champions) and League Route (for league non-champions). The losing teams in both sections entered the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League play-off round.

A total of 30 teams played in the third qualifying round:[4]

  • Champions Route: three teams which entered in this round, and the 17 winners of the second qualifying round.
  • League Route: ten teams which entered in this round.

The draw was held on 17 July 2015.[13][14]

Champions Route League Route
Group 1 Group 2
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded

Switzerland Basel
Romania Steaua București[†]
Scotland Celtic[†]
Moldova Milsami Orhei[†]
Kazakhstan Astana[†]

Poland Lech Poznań[†]
Serbia Partizan[†]
Azerbaijan Qarabağ[†]
Finland HJK[†]
Albania Skënderbeu[†]

Austria Red Bull Salzburg
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
Cyprus APOEL[†]
Belarus BATE Borisov[†]
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb[†]

Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv[†]
Sweden Malmö FF[†]
Norway Molde[†]
Denmark Midtjylland[†]
Hungary Videoton[†]

Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Netherlands Ajax
Russia CSKA Moscow
Belgium Club Brugge
France Monaco

Switzerland Young Boys
Czech Republic Sparta Prague
Turkey Fenerbahçe
Greece Panathinaikos
Austria Rapid Wien

Notes
  1. Winners of the second qualifying round, whose identity was not known at the time of the draw. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient in the second qualifying round, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their defeated opponent in the draw for the third qualifying round.

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on 28 and 29 July, and the second legs were played on 4 and 5 August 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Route
Lech Poznań Poland 1–4 Switzerland Basel 1–3 0–1
Milsami Orhei Moldova 0–4 Albania Skënderbeu 0–2 0–2
HJK Finland 3–4 Kazakhstan Astana 0–0 3–4
Celtic Scotland 1–0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–0 0–0
Steaua București Romania 3–5 Serbia Partizan 1–1 2–4
Midtjylland Denmark 2–2 (a) Cyprus APOEL 1–2 1–0
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 3–2 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 1–2 2–0
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 4–4 (a) Norway Molde 1–1 3–3
Videoton Hungary 1–2 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–1 0–1
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 2–3 Sweden Malmö FF 2–0 0–3
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Route
Panathinaikos Greece 2–4 Belgium Club Brugge 2–1 0–3
Young Boys Switzerland 1–7 France Monaco 1–3 0–4
CSKA Moscow Russia 5–4 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2–2 3–2
Rapid Wien Austria 5–4 Netherlands Ajax 2–2 3–2
Fenerbahçe Turkey 0–3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–0 0–3

Matches[edit]

Lech Poznań Poland1–3Switzerland Basel
Thomalla Goal 36' Report Lang Goal 34'
Janko Goal 77'
Callà Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 25,478[15]
Basel Switzerland1–0Poland Lech Poznań
Bjarnason Goal 90+1' Report
Attendance: 18,196[15]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

Basel won 4–1 on aggregate.


Milsami Orhei Moldova0–2Albania Skënderbeu
Report Salihi Goal 49'73' (pen.)
Skënderbeu Albania2–0Moldova Milsami Orhei
Salihi Goal 16'
Progni Goal 55'
Report

Skënderbeu won 4–0 on aggregate.


HJK Finland0–0Kazakhstan Astana
Report
Astana Kazakhstan4–3Finland HJK
Twumasi Goal 44'
Cañas Goal 47' (pen.)
Shomko Goal 56'
Postnikov Goal 90+3'
Report Jallow Goal 4'
Baah Goal 42'
Zeneli Goal 86' (pen.)
Attendance: 27,937[15]
Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)

Astana won 4–3 on aggregate.


Celtic Scotland1–0Azerbaijan Qarabağ
Boyata Goal 82' Report
Qarabağ Azerbaijan0–0Scotland Celtic
Report

Celtic won 1–0 on aggregate.


Steaua București Romania1–1Serbia Partizan
Varela Goal 81' Report Vulićević Goal 62'
Partizan Serbia4–2Romania Steaua București
Babović Goal 8'
Jevtović Goal 60'
A. Živković Goal 70'
Trujić Goal 90+1'
Report Muniru Goal 11'
Hamroun Goal 33'
Attendance: 26,775[15]
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)

Partizan won 5–3 on aggregate.


Midtjylland Denmark1–2Cyprus APOEL
Poulsen Goal 88' Report Hansen Goal 30' (o.g.)
De Vincenti Goal 33'
Attendance: 8,253[15]
APOEL Cyprus0–1Denmark Midtjylland
Report Sviatchenko Goal 3'
Attendance: 16,070[15]

2–2 on aggregate. APOEL won on away goals.


Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel1–2Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
Yitzhaki Goal 79' Report Mahmutović Goal 17'
Petržela Goal 21'
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic0–2Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Report Zahavi Goal 76' (pen.)83'
Attendance: 11,242[15]

Maccabi Tel Aviv won 3–2 on aggregate.


Dinamo Zagreb Croatia1–1Norway Molde
Henríquez Goal 18' Report Kamara Goal 21'
Molde Norway3–3Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Hussain Goal 43'
Elyounoussi Goal 52' (pen.)
Kamara Goal 75'
Report Pjaca Goal 17'
Ademi Goal 20'
Rog Goal 22'
Attendance: 7,017[15]

4–4 on aggregate. Dinamo Zagreb won on away goals.


Videoton Hungary1–1Belarus BATE Borisov
Vinícius Goal 89' Report Karnitsky Goal 56'
BATE Borisov Belarus1–0Hungary Videoton
Nikolić Goal 82' Report
Attendance: 12,498[15]
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

BATE Borisov won 2–1 on aggregate.


Red Bull Salzburg Austria2–0Sweden Malmö FF
Ulmer Goal 51'
Hinteregger Goal 89' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 15,027[15]
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)
Malmö FF Sweden3–0Austria Red Bull Salzburg
Đurđić Goal 7'
Rosenberg Goal 14'
Rodić Goal 42'
Report

Malmö won 3–2 on aggregate.


Panathinaikos Greece2–1Belgium Club Brugge
Berg Goal 37'
Karelis Goal 65' (pen.)
Report Bolingoli-Mbombo Goal 10'
Club Brugge Belgium3–0Greece Panathinaikos
Cools Goal 53'
Vázquez Goal 58'
Oularé Goal 82'
Report

Club Brugge won 4–2 on aggregate.


Young Boys Switzerland1–3France Monaco
Nuzzolo Goal 74' Report Kurzawa Goal 64'
Carrillo Goal 72'
Pašalić Goal 75'
Attendance: 16,079[15]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Monaco France4–0Switzerland Young Boys
Cavaleiro Goal 54'
Kurzawa Goal 64'
Martial Goal 70'
El Shaarawy Goal 77'
Report

Monaco won 7–1 on aggregate.


CSKA Moscow Russia2–2Czech Republic Sparta Prague
Dzagoev Goal 14'
Tošić Goal 53'
Report Fatai Goal 15'
Krejčí Goal 57'
Sparta Prague Czech Republic2–3Russia CSKA Moscow
Krejčí Goal 6'
Fatai Goal 16'
Report Musa Goal 34'51'
Dzagoev Goal 76'
Attendance: 16,580[15]

CSKA Moscow won 5–4 on aggregate.


Rapid Wien Austria2–2Netherlands Ajax
Kainz Goal 48'
Berić Goal 76'
Report Klaassen Goal 25'43'
Ajax Netherlands2–3Austria Rapid Wien
Milik Goal 52'
Gudelj Goal 75'
Report Berić Goal 12'
Schaub Goal 39'77'

Rapid Wien won 5–4 on aggregate.


Fenerbahçe Turkey0–0Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Report
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine3–0Turkey Fenerbahçe
Hladkyy Goal 25'
Srna Goal 65' (pen.)
Teixeira Goal 68'
Report
Attendance: 33,179[15]

Shakhtar Donetsk won 3–0 on aggregate.

Play-off round[edit]

Seeding[edit]

The play-off round was split into two separate sections: Champions Route (for league champions) and League Route (for league non-champions). The losing teams in both sections entered the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stage.

A total of 20 teams played in the play-off round:[5]

  • Champions Route: the ten Champions Route winners of the third qualifying round.
  • League Route: five teams which entered in this round, and the five League Route winners of the third qualifying round.

The draw was held on 7 August 2015.[17][18]

Champions Route League Route
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded

Switzerland Basel[†]
Scotland Celtic[†]
Cyprus APOEL[†]
Belarus BATE Borisov[†]
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb[†]

Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv[†]
Serbia Partizan[†]
Sweden Malmö FF[†]
Albania Skënderbeu[†]
Kazakhstan Astana[†]

England Manchester United
Spain Valencia
Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk[†][‡]
Portugal Sporting CP

Russia CSKA Moscow[†][‡]
Italy Lazio
Belgium Club Brugge[†]
France Monaco[†]
Austria Rapid Wien[†]

Notes
  1. Winners of the third qualifying round.
  2. Due to UEFA's decision in preventing Russian and Ukrainian teams playing each other, Shakhtar Donetsk could not be drawn against CSKA Moscow.

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on 18 and 19 August, and the second legs were played on 25 and 26 August 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Route
Astana Kazakhstan 2–1 Cyprus APOEL 1–0 1–1
Skënderbeu Albania 2–6 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–2 1–4
Celtic Scotland 3–4 Sweden Malmö FF 3–2 0–2
Basel Switzerland 3–3 (a) Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–2 1–1
BATE Borisov Belarus 2–2 (a) Serbia Partizan 1–0 1–2
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Route
Lazio Italy 1–3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 0–3
Manchester United England 7–1 Belgium Club Brugge 3–1 4–0
Sporting CP Portugal 3–4 Russia CSKA Moscow 2–1 1–3
Rapid Wien Austria 2–3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1 2–2
Valencia Spain 4–3 France Monaco 3–1 1–2

Matches[edit]

Astana Kazakhstan1–0Cyprus APOEL
Dzholchiev Goal 14' Report
Attendance: 30,000[19]
APOEL Cyprus1–1Kazakhstan Astana
Štilić Goal 60' Report Maksimović Goal 84'
Attendance: 17,699[20]

Astana won 2–1 on aggregate.


Skënderbeu Albania1–2Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Shkëmbi Goal 37' Report Soudani Goal 66'
Pivarić Goal 90+3'
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia4–1Albania Skënderbeu
Soudani Goal 9'80'
Hodžić Goal 15'
Taravel Goal 55'
Report Esquerdinha Goal 10'
Attendance: 16,888[22]

Dinamo Zagreb won 6–2 on aggregate.


Celtic Scotland3–2Sweden Malmö FF
Griffiths Goal 3'61'
Bitton Goal 10'
Report Berget Goal 52'90+5'
Attendance: 52,412[21]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Malmö FF Sweden2–0Scotland Celtic
Rosenberg Goal 23'
Boyata Goal 54' (o.g.)
Report
Attendance: 20,500[22]

Malmö FF won 4–3 on aggregate.


Basel Switzerland2–2Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Delgado Goal 39' (pen.)
Embolo Goal 88'
Report Zahavi Goal 31'90+6'
Attendance: 15,620[21]
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel1–1Switzerland Basel
Zahavi Goal 24' Report Zuffi Goal 11'

3–3 on aggregate. Maccabi Tel Aviv won on away goals.


BATE Borisov Belarus1–0Serbia Partizan
Gordeichuk Goal 75' Report
Attendance: 11,628[23]
Partizan Serbia2–1Belarus BATE Borisov
Zhavnerchik Goal 74' (o.g.)
Šaponjić Goal 90+3'
Report Stasevich Goal 25'

2–2 on aggregate. BATE Borisov won on away goals.


Lazio Italy1–0Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Keita Goal 77' Report
Attendance: 38,917[23]
Bayer Leverkusen Germany3–0Italy Lazio
Çalhanoğlu Goal 40'
Mehmedi Goal 48'
Bellarabi Goal 88'
Report

Bayer Leverkusen won 3–1 on aggregate.


Manchester United England3–1Belgium Club Brugge
Depay Goal 13'43'
Fellaini Goal 90+4'
Report Carrick Goal 8' (o.g.)
Attendance: 75,312[23]
Club Brugge Belgium0–4England Manchester United
Report Rooney Goal 20'49'57'
Herrera Goal 63'

Manchester United won 7–1 on aggregate.


Sporting CP Portugal2–1Russia CSKA Moscow
Gutiérrez Goal 12'
Slimani Goal 82'
Report Doumbia Goal 40'
CSKA Moscow Russia3–1Portugal Sporting CP
Doumbia Goal 49'72'
Musa Goal 85'
Report Gutiérrez Goal 36'

CSKA Moscow won 4–3 on aggregate.


Rapid Wien Austria0–1Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Report Marlos Goal 44'
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine2–2Austria Rapid Wien
Marlos Goal 10'
Hladkyy Goal 27'
Report Schaub Goal 13'
S. Hofmann Goal 22'

Shakhtar Donetsk won 3–2 on aggregate.


Valencia Spain3–1France Monaco
Rodrigo Goal 4'
Parejo Goal 59'
Feghouli Goal 86'
Report Pašalić Goal 49'
Attendance: 45,633[21]
Monaco France2–1Spain Valencia
Raggi Goal 17'
Elderson Goal 75'
Report Negredo Goal 4'
Attendance: 13,165[22]

Valencia won 4–3 on aggregate.

Statistics[edit]

There were 240 goals in 92 matches in the qualifying phase and play-off round, for an average of 2.61 goals per match.[24]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals Minutes played
1 Israel Eran Zahavi Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 7 450
2 Albania Hamdi Salihi Albania Skënderbeu 5 438
3 Norway Ola Kamara Norway Molde 4 331
England Michael Wilde Wales The New Saints 368
5 England Wayne Rooney England Manchester United 3 174
Ivory Coast Seydou Doumbia Russia CSKA Moscow 178
Scotland Leigh Griffiths Scotland Celtic 268
Austria Louis Schaub Austria Rapid Wien 284
Norway Mohamed Elyounoussi Norway Molde 360
Nigeria Ahmed Musa Russia CSKA Moscow 360
Algeria El Arabi Hillel Soudani Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 479
Croatia Marko Pjaca Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 527

Source: UEFA.com[25]

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Team Assists Minutes played
1 Norway Stefan Johansen Scotland Celtic 4 540
2 Brazil Jairo da Silva Slovakia Trenčín 3 177
Finland Roman Eremenko Russia CSKA Moscow 360
Denmark Jakob Poulsen Denmark Midtjylland 360
Serbia Andrija Živković Serbia Partizan 479
6 23 players 2 N/A

Source: UEFA.com[26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Levadia Tallinn played their home match at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, instead of their regular stadium Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn.
  2. ^ a b Pyunik played their home matches at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, instead of their regular stadium Football Academy Stadium, Yerevan.
  3. ^ B36 Tórshavn played their home match at Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, instead of their regular stadium Gundadalur, Tórshavn.
  4. ^ Rudar Pljevlja played their home match at Stadion pod Malim Brdom, Petrovac, instead of their regular stadium Gradski stadion, Pljevlja.
  5. ^ Trenčín played their home match at Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, instead of their regular stadium Štadión na Sihoti, Trenčín.
  6. ^ The Steaua București v Trenčín match was played behind closed doors due to punishment by UEFA.[12]
  7. ^ Fola Esch played their home match at Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, instead of their regular stadium Stade Émile Mayrisch, Esch-sur-Alzette.
  8. ^ Milsami Orhei played their third qualifying round home match at Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău, instead of their regular stadium CSR Orhei, Orhei.
  9. ^ a b Skënderbeu played their third qualifying round and play-off round home matches at Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, instead of their regular stadium Skënderbeu Stadium, Korçë.
  10. ^ The Steaua București v Partizan match was played behind closed doors due to punishment by UEFA.[12][16]
  11. ^ a b Shakhtar Donetsk played their home matches at Arena Lviv, Lviv, instead of their regular stadium Donbass Arena, Donetsk, due to the war conditions in Eastern Ukraine.

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