The draw for the 1st Round of the UEFA Women’s Champions League was made today (2nd July), with Swansea being drawn in a group with CSKA Moskava (Russia), Apollon (Cyprus) and Dinamo-BSUPC (Belarus).
In the new format of the competition, the groups have been split into a ‘semi-final’ stage and ‘champions/ 3rd place playoff’ game. The two seeded teams, CSKA and Apollon were drawn first, followed by Swansea who will play CSKA in their first game and Dinamo to complete the group.
Should the Swans beat CSKA they will face the winner of the other game for a chance to progress to Round 2, otherwise they will play for 3rd.
It is a challenging draw for the Welsh side, with Apollon ranked 10th out of the 43 entrant clubs, CSKA 22nd and Dinamo 27th. Swansea are well aware of the strength of Apollon, having been drawn against them in the revised competition last year and also playing them in the group stages in 2011. CSKA are relative newcomers to the competition, with this only their second outing, however they have only lost two league games in the last two seasons. Dinamo are also unbeaten in recent seasons in their league.
The game against CSKA will be played on 18th August, with the second match on 21st August, both will be held in Cyprus.
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