Champions League: Connah's Quay Nomads to face FK Sarajevo in Cardiff

Connah's Quay have opted to face FK Sarajevo at the Cardiff City Stadium, which is covid-compliant
Connah's Quay have opted to face FK Sarajevo at the Cardiff City Stadium, which is covid-compliant

Connah's Quay Nomads have been drawn at home to Bosnian side FK Sarajevo in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

Andy Morrison's side will make their Champions League debut having claimed a first Welsh title when the 2019-20 season was ended due to coronavirus.

The one-off tie will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium on 18-19 August.

The winners will visit Kazakhstan's Astana or Dynamo Brest of Belarus in the second round on 25-26 August.

Nomads have opted to use Cardiff City's ground, which is a Uefa-covid compliant stadium having played at Rhyl's Belle Vue in last season's Europa League qualifiers.

"We know it's going to be tough," Morrison told BBC Radio Wales.

"The set-up in Rhyl would have been uncomfortable for them just because it's tight and the atmosphere is great there and it's not somewhere players want to go to.

"The creature comforts they're used to will be at Cardiff.

"But it's a one-off game and we've proven every time we've been in Europe we've gained fantastic respect from the opposition, who havent expected what we've offered. Maybe that will help us."

FK Sarajevo, who were seeded in the draw, won the Bosnian title for the fifth time in 2019-20.

Connah's Quay could also have been drawn against Sheriff Tiraspol, of Moldova, or Serbia's Red Star.

Champions League ties would normally be played over two legs, but the rules have been changed for 2020-21 of lengthy disruption to the scheduling caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The second and third qualifying rounds will also be one-off ties, with extra time and penalties if required.