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Wolves to face Crusaders in Europa League qualifier

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Wolves will play Northern Irish side Crusaders in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

Crusaders will be Wolves' first opponents in Europe since they played PSV back in 1980

Stephen Baxter's team beat B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands 3-2 away from home on Thursday night, winning 5-2 on aggregate after their 2-0 win in Belfast in last week's first leg.

Crusaders, who qualified for the competition after finishing fourth in the NIFL Premiership last season, will visit Molineux for the first leg of the tie next Thursday (July 25).

Wolves will then travel to Belfast and the Seaview stadium the following week, Thursday August 1.

Before the tie takes place the two teams will know their possible opponents for the third qualifying round, with the draw taking place on Monday (July 22) at 1pm. Wolves will be seeded for that draw.

Nuno Espirito Santo's team need to progress past the second and third qualifying rounds and then through a play-off round before they can reach the group stages of the Europa League, which take place in September.

The third qualifying round takes place on August 8 and 15, with the play-off round on August 22 and 29.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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