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Hibernians drawn against Flora Tallinn, of Estonia

Hibernians were handed a very tough draw in this season’s Champions League when they were paired with Estonian side Flora Tallinn.

The Paolites, who finished as runners-up in the Premier League last season, found themselves in the Champions League qualifiers after UEFA failed to upheld the appeal lodged by Malta champions Ħamrun Spartans over their exclusion from the elite competition due to their involvement in a match-fixing case way back in 2013.

Hibernians were put as one of the unseeded teams in Pot 4 and could have faced Hungarian side Ferencvaros, Zagliris Vilnius, of Lithuania and Dinamo Zagreb, of Croatia.

But the draw have pitted the Paolites against Flora Tallinn who are very familiar opponents for Maltese football.

In fact last season, the Estonian side were paired to face Floriana in the third qualifying round of the Europa League, with the match going into a penalty shoot-out following a goalless draw at the National Stadium only to lose 4-2 in a tense penalty shoot-out.

The first qualifying round matches will be played next month, with the first leg scheduled for July 6 and 7 and the return legs a week later.

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