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Swansea to face Hibs or Malmo

Swansea will face Scottish side Hibernian or Malmo of Sweden in the third qualifying round of the Europa League as the Welsh club return to European competition for the first time in 22 years.

The Swans qualified for continental competition through their Capital One Cup triumph over Bradford at Wembley, and Michael Laudrup's side have been rewarded with a pair of potentially tricky opponents.

If there is to be an all-British clash, Hibs will have to overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit when they host Malmo in the return leg of their second qualifying round contest at Easter Road next Thursday.

Two-time Europa League winners Sevilla, meanwhile, will host Mladost Podgorica or FK Senica in this year's tournament.

The Spanish club, who won the competition under Juande Ramos in both 2005 and 2006, will play the winner of a clash between Montenegrin side Mladost or Slovakian outfit Senica, whose second-round first-leg encounter finished 2-2 last night.

Italian hopefuls Udinese will visit either Irtysh or Siroki Brijeg. Kazakh club Irtysh hold a 3-2 advantage over Siroki Brijeg, who hail from south-west Bosnia-Herzegovina, while German side Stuttgart face a trip to Zrinski or Botev Plovdiv.

The third-round ties will be played over two legs on August 1 and 8 with clubs including Tottenham, Fiorentina and Feyenoord entering the competition at the following stage.

Europa League third qualifying round draw

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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