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ЦСКА Москва Awaits Djurgården

DjurgÃ¥rdens IF from Stockholm - last year’s winners of the Swedish football league and my favourite team - are to face Russian CSKA Moscow in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, should they qualify from the second round.

CSKA, who beat Sporting Club do Portugal in the UEFA Cup final two years ago, is probably the worst team that DjurgÃ¥rden could have gotten in the draw. It’s a really good team, not the best of the teams that could have been drawn, but definitely not the worst one. A team like AEK Athens or Liberec from Czech Republic, would probably have been an easier opponent.

CSKA is good enough to make DjurgÃ¥rden’s chances of qualifying for the group stage close to nil, which is bad enough. What makes it worse is that it’s a Russian team which means that they won’t draw much crowds, and there probably won’t be much DjurgÃ¥rden supporters in Moscow. If it had to be a team of that caliber, a more lucrative opponent would have been a western side, like AC Milan, Arsenal or Liverpool. Even though the chances would be even slimmer with one of those teams, at least they would draw a full stadium here in Stockholm.

However, before all of that, Djurgården needs to qualify for the third round. To do that they need to beat the Slovakian team Ružomberok. The first leg turned out pretty good, as Djurgården won the home game with 1-0. The second leg will take place on Wednesday in Slovakia. Apparently, Ružomberok is a very strong home team, winning 17 of 18 matches at home the last season.

Hopefully, DjurgÃ¥rden can continue playing with their good defence - they didn’t give them a single scoring opportunity in the first match - and play with a good counter attack as Ružomberok are forced to go on the offensive and open up. One goal scored away and it will take three goals for Ružomberok to win the aggregate.

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