Anderlecht to meet Bohemians or The New Saints

In Nyon, in Switzerland, the draw has been made for the third preliminary round of both the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League. Belgium had four teams in the draw: champions Anderlecht and runners-up AA Gent for the Champions League, and Racing Genk and Cercle Brugge for the Europa League.

Anderlecht (photo: striker Romelu Lukaku) was seeded thanks to its past results in Europe and knew it would avoid a big team. The Brussels club will face the winner of the match between Bohemian FC of Ireland and The New Saints of Wales.

AA Gent was not seeded and has a tough task. The East-Flemings are to face Dynamo Kiev of the Ukraine. The first legs will be played on 27 or 28 July, the returns one week later.

The winners are qualified for the fourth and final preliminary round of the Champions League. The losers will play in the final qualifying round of the Europa League.

Cercle off to a poor start

Cercle Brugge were the first Belgian team to kick off their European campaign, yesterday. The Bruges club faced Finland's Turku in Ghent and were the favourites before the match. The match ended in a disappointing loss (0-1).

Turku were the better team before the break and scored the opening goal. Cercle controlled the match in the second half, but failed to score. The match marked the debut of head coach Bob Peeters (photo), a former Belgian international. Despite the loss, Peeters hopes to qualify by winning the return match in Finland.

If Cercle qualify, they will next meet the winner of the match between Famagusta (Cyprus) and Sibenik (Croatia).

RC Genk, who only have to kick off their campaign in the next round, were drawn against Inter Turku, a club playing in the same city as Cercle's present opponent.