A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Tuesday:
Two-time European champion Benfica seeks to avoid missing out on the group stage of the Champions League for a second straight season. Benfica has a 2-1 lead from the first leg of its playoff with PSV Eindhoven ahead of the return game in the Netherlands. Ferencvaros, which played Barcelona and Juventus in its first group-stage campaign for 25 years last season, hosts Young Boys. The Hungarian side trails 3-2 from the first leg in Switzerland. Malmo, the 1979 European Cup runner-up, has a 2-0 lead before facing Ludogorets in Bulgaria. Three more playoffs are completed Wednesday before the draw for the 32-team group stage takes place Thursday in Istanbul.
The English League Cup heads into its second round and welcomes Premier League clubs who aren’t in European competition. There’s one all-Premier League matchup – Watford vs. Crystal Palace – and fourth-tier Barrow, one of the lowest-ranked teams still in the draw, hosts Aston Villa. Brentford also takes on a team from the fourth tier, Forest Green Rovers. Everton, Wolverhampton and Brighton are away to second-tier clubs Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff, respectively. Premier League teams typically field fringe players at this stage of the competition.
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