Some of European football's biggest names are in the thick of action as the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first leg ties are played out on Wednesday. Pick of the crop is Red Star Belgrade's visit to the Republic of Ireland, where they will be the guests of Cork City.

Serbo-Montenegrin champions Red Star Belgrade, who won the competition in its previous incarnation, the UEFA European Club Champions Cup in 1991, will travel to Cork to play in front of a sell-out crowd at Turner's Cross. Cork will be without suspended stars Danny Murphy and Joe Gamble, who will also sit out the return leg on 2 August.

Steaua Bucharest, who were crowned European champions after beating Barcelona on penalties in 1986, meet Gorica in Slovenia. The Romanians go into the match on a high, after collecting the Romanian Super Cup at the weekend. 

Dynamo Kyiv, semi-finalists in 1998/9, have reached the group stage on eight of the previous nine editions of the competition. They must overcome Latvian champions Liepajas Metalurgs at the Daugava stadium if they are continue their run in the competition. Spartak Moscow enter the second round stage on the back of some irregular league form - Moldovans Sheriff stand in the way of a place in the third round for Aleksandrs Starkovs' side.

Hearts return to the competition after a 46-year absence. The Scots might have to get through their meeting with Bosnia's Siroki Brijeg without striker Calum Elliot and Lee Wallace, who are both on international duty with Scotland's U-19's. Paul Hartley, Neil McCann and Jose Goncalves are also unlikely to figure for Hearts while Julien Brellier faces a late fitness test.

Fenerbahce meanwhile host B36 Torshavn - the first time the Faroe Islands have had a representative at this stage. Other debutantes include Lithuania's Ekranas, who face Dinamo Zagreb a day earlier than the rest on Tuesday night and Czech Republic outfit Mlada Boleslav, who entertain Norway's Valerenga. The return legs will be played between 1 and 2 August but all of the 28 teams involved will go into Friday's third round draw.

UEFA Champions League second round ties

Tuesday 25 July
Ekranas v Dinamo Zagreb

Wednesday 26 July
Fenerbahce v B36
Metalurgs v Dynamo Kyiv
Hearts v Siroki Brijeg
Cork v Red Star Belgrade
Levski v Sioni
Sheriff v Spartak Moscow
Debrecen v Rabotnicki
Gorica v Steaua
Kobenhavn v MyPa
Mlada Boleslav v Valerenga
Djurgarden v Ruzomberok
Hafnarfjordur v Legia
Zurich v Salzburg