KV Oostende now know who the opponent in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Gent have to wait.
Ghent is seed and avoids therefore the strongest opponents. The Buffalo played last year, the preliminary rounds of the Europa League (EL) and switched therein, a Romanian and a Macedonian club. They were only out of the tournament gekegeld in the eighth finals by Racing Genk.
In the group stage of the EL to get so it will first pass the winner of Altach (Austria) against Dinamo Brest (belarus). In a possible next round avoider, the team of Hein Vanhaezebrouck again, the hardest opponents since the other seed.
For Ostend, it is the first time that they are on the European scene. Olympique Marseille is the first-ever European opponent ever, KVO, and it is a great club. The Kustboys were last season fourth in the league and had, therefore, still barragewedstrijden need against Racing Genk, the winner of play-off 2. In 2013 played the club chairman Marc Coucke even in the second class.
Heavy but nice draw: Marseille. First on the move.
Delicious sea battle coming on! ???????? ??
— Marc Coucke (@CouckeMarc) July 14, 2017
Both clubs play their heenwedstrijd on Thursday 27 July. The second leg will be one week later, continue on three August.
Zulte Waregem has bekerwinst already a direct ticket to the group stage in the bag. The third tier of belgian football will play its first team contest on Thursday, fourteen september.