Spain becomes the first nation to have five teams qualify for the Champions League

Spain became the first nation to have five teams qualify for the Champions League group stages as Valencia progressed in a qualifying play-off against Monaco last night.

Valencia secured their place via a 4-3 aggregate victory, despite a 2-1 defeat in France. Former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo scored the visitors’ crucial away goal

They join Sevilla who are also in the draw after their triumph in last season’s Europa League, as well as defending champions, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid.

This was the first season where one nation woud have five teams in the 32-team group stages, after UEFA introduced a Champions League place as a prize for the Europa League winners in last season.

The draw for the group stages of the competition will be made on Thursday 27th September.



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