21:44 – PSV knows the possible opponents in the third preliminary round of the Champions League. Eindhoven residents have protected status in the draw on July 18. On Sunday evening, APOEL Nicosia was eliminated as one of the possible candidates.
For a long time on Saturday night PSV looked like they would miss out on protected status, but a late AS Monaco goal against RC Lens (2-2) kept coach Ruud van Nistelrooij’s team on the right-hand side of the line.
PSV face AS Monaco, Sturm Graz, Union Sint-Gillis and winners FC Midtjylland against Fenerbahçe or AEK Larnaca in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
In order to reach the group stage of the Champions League, PSV must first survive the third preliminary round and then the play-offs. The European season starts for the Eindhoven players on August 2nd or 3rd.