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Champions League football returns to Seaview tonight as Crusaders welcome Danish side FC Copenhagen at 7pm in the Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg.

The Crues, who  won their second successive Danske Bank Premiership title in April, will face a Copenhagen side that contains several international players, but having tasted success in this same competition last season Stephen Baxter will be doing all he can to ensure his players aren't overawed by the the opposition.

Speaking to BBC Sport NI, the manager said: "They are a top, top team - we know that but we are up for the challenge.   We've watched three videos of Copenhagen - they've had three warm-up games in Austria - and we know the quality we are up against.  

"They've four players who were in the Sweden squad at Euro 2016 and they were involved in 45m euro worth of transfer deals last summer.  I will say to my players to take a step back, you're living this moment and to enjoy it."

Crusaders have looked to strengthen over the summer and have added Howard Beverland, Michael Gault, Philip Lowry and David Cushley to their squad, as well as installing a new 3G surface at Seaview.

The game has a 7pm kick off and Admission is £10 and £7 payable at the turnstiles. Home supporters are asked to use turnstiles at the end of St,Vincent Street behind the Social Club and also the turnstiles at Creations. Away supporters will use the turnstiles on the Shore Road. 

Match Details

UEFA Champions League, Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg

Crusaders  v  FC Copenhagen

Wednesday 13 July, 7pm.

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