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Soccer: Udinese face Sporting Braga in CL preliminaries

Guidolin says challenge tougher than Arsenal last year

Soccer: Udinese face Sporting Braga in CL preliminaries

(ANSA) - Rome, August 10 - Serie A side Udinese will have to get past Sporting de Braga to reach the Champions League proper after being picked against the Portuguese side in Friday's draw for the play-offs. The first leg will be played in Braga on August 21 or 22 and the return will take place in the northeastern Italian city of Udine a week later. "It will be tough, in some ways even more difficult than last year," said Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin, whose side were knocked out by Arsenal at the same stage of the competition last season. Udinese qualified for the Champions League preliminaries by finishing third in Serie A last season. Serie A champions Juventus and runners-up AC Milan have qualified directly for the group stage of Europe's premier club competition.

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