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Russia’s FC Krasnodar to face FC Porto in UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round

FC Porto’s scouting chief said the match against Russia’s FC Krasnodar would be tough

NYON/ Switzerland/, July 22. /TASS, Andrei Mikhailov/. Russian football club Krasnodar will play against Portugal’s Porto in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, as determined by the draw held on Monday in Switzerland’s Nyon.

The first-leg match will be played either on August 6 or 7 in the Russian southern city of Krasnodar, and the second-leg game is scheduled for August 13 at the stadium in Porto.

As Fernando Gomes, the head of the FC Porto Scouting Department, commented on the upcoming match, Russian football club Krasnodar will not be an easy opponent for Portugal’s FC Porto.

As asked by a TASS correspondent whether Gomes was happy with the results of the draw, he said: "It is the draw and we must play with any team."

"It is a difficult draw and a difficult match," he added about the imminent match in Krasnodar. "A long voyage is not very good for Porto, but we hope to win, because we want to play in the group stage."

"We know Russian football and Krasnodar very well, but we want to play in the group stage and will do our best to play there," Gomes continued.

In response to a request to name any particular player in the Russian club who would pose a potential danger to FC Porto, Gomes stated: "We are more afraid of the team as a whole not some particular players in the case of Krasnodar."

"So we will focus on the rival as a team not on individuals," the head of the FC Porto Scouting Department added.

Krasnodar was among the unseeded clubs in the so-called League Path group. The winner of the two-match encounter between the Russian and the Portuguese clubs will proceed further into the Champions League qualifying play-off round, while the defeated side will continue the fight in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

FC Krasnodar was founded in 2008 and so far has neither played in the Champions League series nor in official matches against football clubs from Portugal. Last season, FC Krasnodar finished 3rd in the Russian Premier League (RPL).

Portugal’s famous FC Porto is the last season’s runner-up in the Primeira Liga, which is the top football tournament in the country.