Thursday, July 24, 2014

MLS: Olmes Garcia Delivers Double As RSL Top Struggling Impact

At Sandy, Utah:

Olmes Garcia scored twice (70', 90'+3) as Real Salt Lake defeated the visiting---and ten-man---Montreal Impact 3-1 in the lone Thursday Major League Soccer contest.

Europa League Qualifying

The second round of Europa League qualifying concluded on Thursday with 39 games.

At Karaganda, Kazakhstan:

Mihret Topcagic (47'), Ulan Konysbayev (61'), and Roman Murtazayev (90'+3) each scored a goal as Shakhter Karagandy dominated visiting Atlantas 3-0 in game two, and with the aggregate score at 3-0, won their two-game series with the Lithuanian club.

At Larnaca, Cyprus:

A 0-0 game-two road deadlock with Hapoel Be’er Sheva was good enough for RNK Split as the Croatian club won their series 2-1 on aggregate.  This game was played in Cypurs due to the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas.

At Kouvola, Finland:

A game-two 0-0 stalemate on the road was good enough for Dinamo Minsk as the Belorussian club won their two-game series with MYPA 3-0 on aggregate.

At Nicosia, Cyprus:

A 0-0 draw at home in game two was good enough for Omonia Nicosia as the Cypriot club took out Montenegro's FK Buducnost Podgorica 2-0 on aggregate to advance to the third qualifying round.

At Haugesund, Norway:

Sevko Okic scored twice (36', 82') scored twice as FK Sarajevo overturned their series-opening home defeat with a 3-1 road win over FK Haugesund in game two and won their series 3-2 on aggregate.

At Krasnodar, Russia:

Wanderson scored twice (67', PK-74') as FC Krasnodar demolished visiting JK Sillamae Kalev 5-0 in game two as the Russian club completed their two-game 9-0 aggregate annihilation of the Estonian club.

At Baku, Azerbaijan:

Sebastian Holmen's first-half goal (45'+2) enabled IF Elfsborg to top ten-man Inter Baku 1-0 in regulation of game two on the road, then after 30 minutes of scoreless overtime, Viktor Prodell, Marcus Rohden, Mikkel Beckmann, and the aforementioned Sebastian Holmen converted their spot kicks as the Swedish club won the penalty-kick shootout 4-3. 

At Gothenburg, Sweden:

Despite a 1-0 game-two home defeat, IFK Gothenburg still won their two-game series with Hungary's Gyori ETO FC 3-1 on aggregate.  Gyori ETO finished game two with ten men.

At Poznan, Poland:

Tomasz Kedziora (33'), Kasper Hamalainen (43'), and Dawid Kownacki (90'+3) each scored a goal as Lech Poznan overcame their series-opening road defeat with a 3-1 game-two home win over Nomme Kalju and won their series 3-1 on aggregate.

At Liberec, Czech Republic:

Toma Dubek (54'), Dzon Delarge (81'), and Josef Sural (90') each scored a goal as FC Slovan Liberec dominated visiting MFK Kosice 3-0 in game two and took out the Slovakian club 4-0 on aggregate.

At Tromso, Norway:

Bardur Hansen (60') and Hallur Hansson (7') each scored a second-half goal as Vikingur came from behind to upend ten-man Tromso IL 2-1 on the road in game two and 2-1 on aggregate to win the series with the Norwegian second-division club.

At Vlore, Albania:

Felipe Teixeira (39'), Pablo Torres (84'), and Njonge Priso (90') delivered the goals as FC Petrolul Ploiesti defeated Flumurtari Vlore 3-1 on the road in game two and took out the Albanian club 5-1 on aggregate.

At Wals-Siezenheim, Austria:

Despite dropping a 2-1 game-two home verdict against FK Cukarick, SV Grodig still handily won their series with the Serbian club 5-2 on aggregate.

At Tbilisi, Georgia:

After 210 scoreless minutes---90 minutes in game one, another 90 minutes in regulation of game two, then two 15 minute overtime periods---David Odikadze, Giorgi Gabedava, Giorgi Koripadze, and Tornike Mumladze converted their spot kicks as FC Chikhura Sachkhere won the penalty-kick shootout 4-1 over visiting Bursaspor.

At Solna, Sweden:

Kennedy Igboananike (56') and Henok Goitom (72') delivered the goals as AIK Solna overcame their series-opening defeat with a 2-0 game-two home win over Linfield and won their series with the Northern Irish club 2-1 on aggregate.

At Chisinau, Moldova:

A 0-0 home draw in game two enabled FC Zimbru Chisinau, with the aggregate score at 1-1, to eliminate CSKA Sofia on away goals and advance to the third qualifying round.

At Salihorsk, Belarus:

Sairhai Balanovich scored the series-winning goal in the ninth minute as FC Shakhtyor Salihorsk drubbed visiting Derry City FC 5-1 in game two and won their series with the Northern Irish club that plays in the Republic of Ireland's top fight 6-1 on aggregate.

At Vaduz, Liechtenstein:

A game-two 0-0 road deadlock was good enough for Ruch Chorzow as the Polish club eliminated FC Vaduz 3-2 on aggregate.

At Larnaca, Cyprus:

Despite dropping a 1-0 game-two decision on the road against Hapoel Tel Aviv, FC Astana won their two-game series with the Israeli club 3-1 on aggregate.  Game two was moved from Israel due to that country's ongoing conflict on the Gaza Strip with Hamas.

At Esbjerg, Denmark:

Jakob Ankersen scored the only goal of the match in the 38th minute as Esbjerg fB defeated visiting FC Kairat 1-0 and won their two-game series 2-1 on aggregate.

At Zlate Moravce, Slovenia:

Marek Janecka scored twice in the first half (4', 43') as FC Spartak Trnava dominated visiting FC Zestafoni 3-0 in game two and won the series by that same score on aggregate.

At Groningen, Netherlands:

Adam Rooney (PK-26') and Niall McGinn (33') each scored a first-half goal as Aberdeen defeated FC Groningen 2-1 on the road in game two and took out the Dutch club by that same score on aggregate.

At Kiev, Ukraine:

FC Zorya Luhansk, with Nikola Ignjatijevic (74') and Pylyp Budkivskiy (87') each scoring a second-half goal, defeated visiting KF Laci 2-1 in game two and won their series 5-1 on aggregate.

At Sligo, Ireland:

Mike Jensen scored twice as Rosenborg recovered from the series-opening home setback with a 3-1 game-two road win over Sligo Rovers and won their series with the club from the Republic of Ireland 4-3 on aggregate.

At Bydgoszcz, Poland:

Glynor Plet (1'), Chuks Aneke (48'), and Olafur Skulason (76') delivered the scoring as SV Zulte Waregem defeated Zawista Bydgoszcz 3-1 on the road in game two and won their two-match series 5-2 on aggregate.

At Novi Sad, Serbia:

Despite dropping a 3-0 game-two decision on the road, FK AS Trencin still won their two-game series with FK Vojvodina 4-3 on aggregate.

At Tripoli, Greece:

Pablo De Blasis scored twice (PK-45'+6, 73') as Asteras Tripoli FC defeated visiting RoPS 4-2 in game two and won their series 5-3 on aggregate.

At Split, Croatia:

Despite dropping a 2-1 game-two decision at home, Hajduk Split still held off Dundalk FC 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the third qualifying round.

At Nova Gorica, Slovenia:

Agnaldo Moraes scored in the 49th minute to lift Molde FK to a game-two 1-1 road draw with ND Gorica, good enough for the visiting Norwegian club to win their series 5-2 on aggregate.

At Jagodina, Serbia:

Guima scored the only goal of both the game and series in the 81st minute as CFR Cluj won both game two (on the road) and the two-match series (on aggregate) with FK Jagodina 1-0.

At Koper, Slovenia:

Mirhuseyn Seyidov (21') and Carlos Cardoso (84') as Neftchi Baku overcame their 2-1 series-opening home loss with a 2-0 game-two road win over FC Koper to eliminate the Slovenian club 3-2 on aggregate.

At Budapest, Hungary:

Ivan Krstanovic (PK-20') and Miral Samardzic (37') delivered th scoring as HNK Rijeka held off Ferencvaros 2-1 on the road in game two and won their series 3-1 on aggregate.

At Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Michal Duris scored twice (55', 85') scored twice as FK Mlada Boleslav demolished NK Siroki Brijeg 4-0 on the road in game two and handily won their series with the Bosnian club 6-1 on aggregate.

At Nyiregyhaza, Hungary:

Diosgyori VTK, despite dropping a 2-1 home decision in game two against PFC Litex Lovech, still ousted the Bulgarian club 3-2 on aggregate.

At Belfast, Northern Ireland:

Dardan Rexhepi scored in the 27th minute as IF Brommapojkarna gained a 1-1 game-two road draw with Crusaders and won their series 5-1 on aggregate.

At Perth, Scotland:

After a second straight 1-1 regulation-time deadlock, which was followed by 30 scoreless overtime minutes, Steven MacLean, Liam Caddis, Dave MacKay, Stevie May, and Thomas Scobbie all converted their spot kicks as St. Johnstone won the penalty-kick shootout, 5-4 over visiting FC Lucerne.

At Sankt Polten, Austria:

Daniel Segovia scored twice (6', 55') as St. Polten overcame their 2-1 series-opening defeat in Bulgaria and defeated visiting Botev Plovdiv 2-0 in game two and won their series 3-2 on aggregate. Not bad for a second-division club.

At Hafnarfjordur, Iceland:

Atli Gudnason (42') and Atli Bjornsson (80') provided the goals as FH Hafnardordur blanked visiting FC Neman Grodno 2-0 in game two and won their series 3-1 on aggregate.

At Gardabaer, Iceland:

Atli Johannsson scored the series-winning goal in the 114th minute as Stjarnan, after game two ended in a second consecutive 2-2 draw in regulation, won their series with visiting Motherwell 5-4 in overtime.



Here are the match-ups for the third qualifying round, with the opening games set to take place next Thursday, and the return contests to be played on August 7.  The game-one hosts are listed first.

Kurabukspor (Turkey) vs. Rosenborg BK (Norway)

FC Chornomorets Odessa (Ukraine) vs. RNK Split (Croatia)

St. Johnstone (Scotland) vs. FC Spartak Trnava (Slovakia)

1. FSV Mainz 05 (Germany) vs. Asteras Tripoli FC (Greece)

Diosgyor (Hungary) vs. FC Krasnodar (Russia)

FK Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic) vs. Lyon (France)

FK AS Trencin (Slovakia) vs. Hull City AFC (England)

AC Omonia (Cyprus) vs. FK Metalurg Skopje (Macedonia)

Torino (Italy) vs. IF Brommapojkarna (Sweden)

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) vs. St. Polten (Austria)

Stjarnan (Iceland) vs. Lech Poznan (Poland)

FC Zorya Luhansk (Ukraine) vs. Molde FK (Norway)

FK Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) vs. Atromitos FC (Greece)

Real Sociedad (Spain) vs. Aberdeen FC (Scotland)

FC Astana (Kazakhstan) vs. AIK Solna (Sweden)

SV Zulte Waregem (Belgium) vs. FC Shakhtyor Salihorsk (Belarus)

SV Grodig (Austria) vs. FC Zimbru Chisinau (Moldova)

FC Astra Giurgiu (Romania) vs. FC Slovan Liberec (Czech Republic)

Ruch Chorzow (Poland) vs. Esbjerg fB (Denmark)

Dynamo Moscow (Russia) vs. Ironi Kiryat Shmona FC (Israel)

BSC Young Boys (Switzerland) vs. Ermis Aradippou (Cyprus)

IF Elfsborg (Sweden) vs. FH Hafnarfjordur (Iceland)

FC Petrolul Ploiesti (Romania) vs. FC Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)

Vikingur (Faroe Islands) vs. HNK Rijeka (Croatia)

FC Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) vs. CFR Cluj (Romania)

Neftchi Baku (Azerbaijan) vs. FC Chikhura Sachkhere (Georgia)

IFK Gothenburg (Sweden) vs. Rio Ave (Portugal)

Club Brugge (Belgium) vs. Brondby IF (Denmark)

FC Shakhter Karagandy (Kazakhstan) vs. Hajduk Split (Croatia)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MLS: Quakes Run Roughshod Over Fire

At Santa Clara, California:

In the lone Wednesday Major League Soccer contest, Shea Salinas (45'), Atiba Harris (52'), Chris Wondolowski (62'), Yannick Djalo (79'), and Cordell Cato (84') each scored a goal as the San Jose Earthquakes demolished the visiting Chicago Fire 5-1, ruining the return to the Bay Area of former Quakes head coach Frank Yallop, now the Chicago boss man.

Copa Libertadores: San Lorenzo All But On Their Way To Final

At Buenos Aires:

Emanuel Mas scored twice (28', 87') on Wednesday as San Lorenzo crushed visiting Club Bolivar 5-0 in the opening contest of their two-game Copa Libertadores semifinal series.

UEFA Champions League Qualifying

Six games were played on Wednesday as the second round of UEFA Champions League qualifying concluded.

At Aktobe, Kazakhstan:

Oleskiy Antonov (75'), Igor Zenkovich (82'), and Abat Aimbetov (90'+5) each scored a second-half goal as FC Aktobe dominated visiting Dinamo Tbilisi 3-0 in game two and won their two-match series 4-0 on aggregate.

At Ventspils, Latvia:

Isaac Kiese Thelin scored the only goal of both the match and series in the 19th minute as Malmo FF took down FK Ventspils 1-0 on the road in game two and won the series 1-0 on aggregate.

At Helsinki, Finland:

Robin Lod (22') and Valtteri Moren (26') each scored a first-half goal as HJK Helsinki held off visiting FK Rabotnicki 2-1 in game two and won their series with the Macedonian club 2-1 on aggregate.

At Bucharest, Romania:

Cornel Rapa (72') and Nicolae Stanciu (84') each scored once as Steaua Bucharest defeated visiting Stromgodset IF 2-0 in game two and took out the Norwegian club 3-0 on aggregate.

At Maribor, Slovenia:

Dare Vrsic (45') and Agim Ibrahimi (PK-57') delivered the goals as NK Maribor blanked visiting Zrinjski 2-0 in the second match of their two-game series, which the hosts won 2-0 on aggregate.


At Dublin, Ireland:

Miroslav Radovic scored twice (25', 82') as Legia Warsaw scored four goals in the second half as the Polish club blindsided St. Patrick's Athletic 5-0 on the road in game two en route to a 6-1 two-game aggregate domination of the series.



Here are the match-ups for the third qualifying round, with the opening contests taking place next Tuesday and Wednesday, with the return games to be played on August 5 and 6.  The game-one hosts are listed first.

CHAMPIONS ROUTE:

Qarabag FK (Azerbaijan) vs. FC Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)

Debreceni VSC (Hungary) vs. FC BATE Borisov (Belarus)

FC Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) vs. FC Sheriff (Moldova)

AaB Aalborg (Denmark) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)

Legia Warsaw (Poland) vs. Celtic FC (Scotland)

FC Aktobe (Kazakhstan) vs. Steaua Bucharest (Romania)

NK Maribor (Slovenia) winner vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)

HJK Helsinki (Finland) vs. APOEL FC (Cyprus)

Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Malmo FF (Sweden)

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) vs. Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)

LEAGUE ROUTE:

AEL Limassol (Cyprus) vs. Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia)

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) vs. FC Copenhagen (Denmark)

Feyenoord Rotterdam (Netherlands) vs. Besiktas JK (Turkey)

Grasshoppers (Switzerland) vs. LOSC Lille Metropole (France)

Standard Liege (Belgium) vs. Panathinaikos (Greece)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Copa LIbertadores: Club Nacional----Of Paraguay, That Is---Blanked Defensor Sporting To Take Semifinal Series Opener

At Asuncion, Paraguay:

Brian Montenegro (35') and Derlis Orue (69') delivered the scoring as Club Nacional blanked visiting Defensor Sporting 2-0 in the opening game of a two-match Copa Libertadores semifinal series on Tuesday.

Europa League Qualifying: Metalurg Skopje Advances To Third Qualifying Round

At Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Marjan Radeski (62) and Milorad Krstev (90'+2) delivered the goals  as FK Metalurg Skopje erased a two-goal deficit and gained a two-goal deficit and gained a 2-2 game-two road draw with FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo and , with the aggregate score at 2-2, won their two-match series with the Bosnian club on away goals.

UEFA Champions League Qualifying: Sheriff, Bhoys, Sparta Prague, Dinamo Zagreb Advance To Third Qualifying Round

The second round of UEFA Champions League qualifying resumed on Tuesday with eleven games.

At Niksic, Montenegro:

Fred Benson (5'), Henrique Luvannor (35'), and Ismail Isa (54') each scored a goal as FC Sheriff dominated ten-man Sutjeska Niksic 3-0 on the road in game two en route to their 5-0 two-game aggregate victory over the Montenegrin club.

At Tallinn, Estonia:

Lukas Marecek scored in the 38th minute for Sparta Prague as the Czech club gained a game-two 1-1 road draw with Levadia Tallinn, more than enough for them to easily win their two-match series with the Estonian club 8-1 on aggregate.

At Dudelange, Luxembourg:

Roman Bezjak scored in the 51st minute for Ludogorets Razgrad as the Bulgarian club gained a 1-1 game-two road draw with F91 Dudelange and won their two-game series 5-1 on aggregate.

At Baku, Azerbaijan:

Reynaldo dos Santos Silva (15'), Chumbinho (48'), Danilo Dias (57'), and Leroy George (80') each scored a goal as Qarabaq FK demolished visiting Valletta 4-0 in game two and finished off the Maltese club 5-0 on aggregate.

At Larnaca, Cyprus:

In a match that was switched from Israel due to the ongoing crisis between the Israelis and Gaza, Maccabi Tel Aviv, with Eran Zahavi (PK-62') and Tal Ben Haim (90') delivering the goals,  blanked visiting FC Santa Coloma 2-0 in game two and won their series 3-0 on aggregate.

At Rhyl, Wales:

Marko Milinkovic scored both goals (74', 89') in FC Slovan Bratislava's 2-0 road victory in game two against The New Saints as the Slovakian club won their two-match series 3-0 on aggregate.

At Korce, Albania:

Edgar Olekhnovich scored in the 29th minute as FC BATE Borisov gained a game-two 1-1 road draw with Skenderbeu Korce, and with the aggregate score at 1-1, that goal gained a two-game series victory for the Belorussian club due to the away goals rule.

At Torshavn, Faroe Islands:

Nikola Ninkovic (49'), Danko Lazovic (75'), and Petar Grbic (90'+1) each scored once as Partizan Belgrade defeated HB 3-1 on the road in game two and won their two-match series 6-1 on aggregate.

At Vilnius, Lithuania:

El Arbi Hillel Soudani (47') and Josip Simunic (49') each scored a second-half goal two minutes apart as Dinamo Zagreb took a second 2-0 victory over Zagiris Vilnius and won their two-match series 4-0 on aggregate.

At Debrecen, Hungary:

Rene Mihelic (55') and Ibrahima Sidibe (79') provided the scoring as Debreceni VSC took both game two at home against Cliftonville FC and the series against the club from Northern Ireland on aggregate by the same score, 2-0.

At Edinburgh, Scotland:

Virgil van Dijk (13', 20') and Teemu Pukki (27', 71') each scored twice as Celtic demolished visiting KR Reykjavik 4-0 in match two and knocked out the Icelandic club 5-0 on aggregate.  The match was played at Edinburgh as the Bhoys' home stadium, Celtic Park in Glasgow, was being used for the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MLS: DCU Cool Off Hot Goats

At Washington:

In the lone Sunday Major League Soccer contest, Eddie Johnson (PK-25'), Perry Kitchen (59') and Luis Silva (70') delivered the goals as DC United knocked off visiting Chivas USA 3-1, ending the Goats' four-match winning streak.



MLS STANDINGS:

1. Kansas City (GP: 20; GD: +11; PTS: 35)
2. DC United (GP: 19; GD: +9; PTS: 34)
3. Toronto FC (GP: 17; GD: +3; PTS: 26)
4. New York (GP: 20; GD: +1; PTS: 24)
5. New England (GP: 19; GD: -7; PTS: 23)
6. Philadelphia (GP: 21; GD: -2; PTS: 23)
7. Columbus (GP: 20; GD: -3; PTS: 23)
8. Chicago (GP: 18; GD: -2; PTS: 20)
9. Houston (GP: 20; GD: -18; PTS: 19)
10. Montreal (GP: 19; GD: -13; PTS: 14)

NOTE: With New England, Philadelphia, and Columbus all level on points (23), the Revolution has the most total victories of the three clubs with seven (as compared to five each for the Union and Crew).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1. Seattle (GP: 18; GD: +11; PTS: 38)
2. FC Dallas (GP:20; GD: +3; PTS: 29)
3. Real Salt Lake (GP: 19; GD: +3; PTS: 29)
4. Los Angeles (GP: 17; GD: +10; PTS: 27)
5. Colorado (GP: 19; GD: +4; PTS: 27)
6. Vancouver (GP: 19; GD: +2; PTS: 27)
7. Portland (GP: 20; GD: -1; PTS: 24)
8. Chivas USA (GP: 19; GD: -9; PTS: 23)
9. San Jose (GP: 17; GD: -2; PTS: 17)

NOTES:  With FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake level on Points with 29 each, the Hoops have more wins (eight) than RSL (seven). With Los Angeles, Colorado, and Vancouver all level on points (27), the Galaxy and Rapids, with seven apiece, have more wins than the Whitecaps, who have six.  Los Angeles has superior goal differential vis-a-viv Colorado (+10 to +4).

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MLS: SKC, Crew, Hoops Grab Saturday Wins

Seven games were contested in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

At Kansas City, Kansas:

Benny Feilhaber (11') and Lawrence Olum (61') provided the scoring as Sporting Kansas City held off the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Steven Lenhart's equalizer in the 85th minute lifted the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1 road draw with the New York Red Bulls.  Bradley Wright-Phillips successfully converted a penalty kick for the hosts in the 33rd minute.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Bernardo Anor scored twice in the second half (56', 75') as the Columbus Crew came from behind to defeat the visiting Montreal Impact 2-1.

At Bridgeview, Illinois:

Sebastien Le Toux's successful penalty kick in the opening minute of second-half stoppage time lifted the Philadelphia Union to a 1-1 road draw with the Chicago Fire.  Jeff Larentowicz scored for the hosts in the 60th minute.

At Frisco, Texas:

Andres Escobar (29') and Tesho Akindele (90'+1) delivered the goals as FC Dallas blanked the visiting, slumping New England Revolution 2-0.

At Houston:

Gilberto (18') and Dominic Oduro (45'+2) each scored a goal as Toronto FC gained a 2-2 road deadlock with the Houston Dynamo.  Will Bruin (11') and Giles Barnes (26') each scored once for the hosts.


At Sandy, Utah:

Joao Plata's equalizer in the 81st minute enabled Real Salt Lake to salvage a 1-1 home draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Darren Mattocks successfully converted a penalty kick for the guests in the 73rd minute.

Friday, July 18, 2014

MLS: Timbers Come Back From Behind To Upend Rapids At Home

At Portland, Oregon:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, Maximiliano Urruti (72') and Diego Valeri (77') delivered the scoring as the Portland Timbers came from behind to defeat the visiting Colorado Rapids 2-1 for only their second home victory of the league season.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Europa League Qualifying

The second qualifying round for the Europa League commenced on Thursday with the opening match of each of the 40----count ‘em----40 series.

At Astana, Kazakhstan:

Roger Canas (PK-16'), Tanat Busserbayev (58'), and Abzal Beysebekov (69') delivered the goals for FC Astana as they dominated visiting Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-0 in the opening contest of their two-match series.

At Almaty, Kazakhstan:

Mohammed Fellah's equalizer in the second minute of second-half stoppage time lifted Esbjerg fB to a series-opening 1-1 road draw with FC Kairat, whose goal came from Josip Knezevic in the form of a successful penalty kick in the 50th minute.

At Kosice, Slovakia:

Marek Jarolim's successful penalty kick in the 83rd minute carried FC Slovan Liberec to a series-opening 1-0 road victory over MFK Kosice.

At Baku, Azerbaijan:

Matej Palcic scored the winning goal in the 41st minute as FC Koper held off home-standing Neftchi Baku PFK 2-1 in the opening game of their two-match series.

At Lac, Albania:

Zeljko Ljubenovic scored what proved to be the insurance goal in the 47th minute as FC Zorya Luhansk will be heading back to Ukraine with a decided advantage following their series-opening 3-0 road domination of KF Laci.

At Minsk, Belarus:

FC Dinamo Minsk, with Chigozie Udoji (25'), Ihar Stasevich (PK-61'), and Nemanja Nikolic (86') each delivering a goal, dominated visiting MYPA 3-0 in game one.

At Niksic, Montenegro:

Roberto Garcia Cabello (36') and Ucha Lobjanidze (79') each tallied once as Omonia blanked FK Buducnost Podgorica 2-0 in the first contest of the clubs' two-game series.

At Dubnica nad Vahom, Slovakia:

Moses Simon delivered a natural hat trick (20', 53', 60') as FK AS Trencin demolished visiting FK Vojvodina 4-0 in the opening match of their two-game series.

At Tallinn, Estonia:

Hidetoshi Wakui scored the only goal of the match in the 81st minute as Nomme Kalju FC defeated visiting Lech Poznan 1-0 in the opening match of their two-game series.

At Zestaponi, Georgia:

The opening match of the series between FC Zestafoni and visiting FC Spartak Trnava ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

At Klaipeda, Lithuania:

FK Atlantas and visting FC Shakhter Karagandy battled to a series-opening 0-0 deadlock.

At Gliwice, Poland:

Piotr Stawarczyk scored twice (20', 74') as Ruch Chorzow defeated visiting FC Vaduz 3-2 in the opening match of their two-game series.

At Oulu, Finland:

RoPS  and visiting Asteras Tripoli FC battled to a 1-1 series-opening draw.  Jarkko Lahdenmaki scored for the hosts in the second minute, only to see the Greek Galacticos' Khalifa Sankare equalize in the 10th minute.

At Boras, Sweden:

Slavco Georgievski scored the only goal of the match in the 29th minute as Inter Baku took the opening game of their series with IF Elfsborg 1-0 on the road.

At Ploiesti, Romania:

Gevaro Nepomuceno (77') and Toto Tamuz (84') each scored a goal in the final quarter-hour as FC Petrolul Ploiesti blanked Flamurtari Vlore 2-0 in match one.

At Burgas, Bulgaria:

Lazar Marin scored the winning goal in the 86th minute as Botev Plovdiv took the opening match of their series with SKN St. Polten 2-1.  Daniel Segovia kept the Austrian second-division club in the series with his tally in the 65th minute.

At Grodno, Belarus:

Pavel Savitski's penalty kick in the 66th minute enabled FC Neman Grodno salvaged a series-opening 1-1 home draw with FH Hafnarfjordur.  Kristjan Emilsson scored for the Icelandic club in the 55th minute.

At Stockholm, Sweden:

Dardan Rexhepi got the scoring started in the ninth minute as IF Brommapojkarna demolished visiting Crusaders FC in the clubs' series opener 4-0.

At Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic:

Jin Skalak (68') and Michal Duris (76') provided the goals as FK Mlada Boleslav overtook visiting NK Siroki Brijeg 2-1 in the opening match of their two-game series.  Goran Zakaric kept the Bosnian club in the series with his goal in the 51st minute.

At Trondheim, Norway:

Alan Keane (56') and Danny North (70') produced the scoring that enabled Ireland's Sligo Rovers to take the opening match of their series with Rosenborg 2-1 on the road.

At Cluj-Napoca, Romania:

CFR Cluj and visiting FK Jagodina from Serbia battled to a series-opening 0-0 stalemate.

At Lucerne, Switzerland:

Marco Schneuwly's equalizer in the 67th minute as FC Lucerne salvaged a series-opening 1-1 home draw with St. Johnstone.  Steven MacLean scored for the visiting Saints from Scotland in the 47th minute.

At Sofia, Bulgaria:

Anton Karachanakov's equalizer in the 41st minute enabled PFC CSKA Sofia to salvage a series-opening 1-1 draw with FC Zimbru Chisinau.  Serghei Alexeev scored for the Moldovan club in the 31st minute.

At Lovech, Bulgaria:

Milan Nemeth (83') and Miroslav Grumic (90') produced the scoring in the waning minutes as Diosgyor blanked PFC Litex Lovech 2-0 on the road in the opening match of their two-game series.


At Gyor, Hungary:

Lasse Vibe (8'), Jakob Johansson (56'), and May Mahlangu (83') delivered the scoring as IFK Gothenburg will head back to Sweden with a decisive advantage after their series-opening 3-0 road beat-down of Gyor.

At Toftir, Faroe Islands:

Norway's Tromso IL held hosts Vikingur to a series-opening 0-0 deadlock.

At Waregem, Belgium:

SV Zulte Waregem, with Steve Colpaert (8') and Glynor Plet (45') delivering the scoring, defeated visiting Zawisza Bydgoszcz 2-1 in game one of their two-match series.  Kamil Drygas scored in the 15th minute as the Polish club remained alive in the series with a potentially precious road goal.

At Molde, Norway:

Vegard Forren scored twice (37', PK-41') as Molde FK dominated visiting  ND Gorica 4-1 in the opening contest of their two-game series.

At Skopje, Macedonia:

FK Metalurg Skopje and visiting FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo battled to a series-opening 0-0 draw.

At Split, Croatia:

RNK Split, with Tomislav Dujmovic (78') and Mate Bilic (PK-86') each scored a goal, came from behind to upend visiting  Hopoel Be’er Sheva FC 2-1 in game one of their two-match series.  Maor Buzaglo scored for the visiting Israeli club in the 31st minute.

At Bursa, Turkey:

Bursaspor battled visiting FC Chikhura Sachkhere to a series-opening 0-0 stalemate

At Rijeka, Croatia:

Ivan Krstanovic successfully converted a penalty kick in the 85th minute as HNK Rijeka took the opening match of their two-game series with Hungary's  Ferencvaros 1-0 at home.

At Tallinn, Estonia:

Ari da Silva Ferreira got the goal scoring started in the ninth minute as FC Krasnodar will have a big-time advantage to take back to Russia after their series-opening 4-0 road demolition of JK Sillamae Kalev as four goal scorers each tallied once.

At Motherwell, Scotland:

Olafur Finsen scored twice (35', 90'+2) as Stjarnan erased a two-goal deficit to gain a series-opening road draw with Motherwell.  Josh Law scored both goals for the Steelmen (9', 19').

At Aberdeen, Scotland:

Aberdeen and visiting FC Groningen from the Netherlands battled to a series-opening 0-0 deadlock.

At Lurgan, Northern Ireland:

Andrew Waterworth scored the only goal of the match in the 87th minute as Linfield defeated visiting AIK 1-0 in the opening match of their two-game series with the Swedish club.

At Derry, Northern Ireland:

Nikolai Yanush scored the only goal of the match in the 28th minute as FC Shakhtyor Salihorsk knocked off Derry City 1-0 on the road in the opening match of their match with the club from Northern Ireland that plays in the Republic of Ireland's top flight.

At Dundalk, Republic of Ireland:

Mijo Caktas (9') and Nikola Vlasic (73') each delivered the goals as Hajduk Split opened their two-match series with Dundalk FC with a game-one 2-0 road blanking of the Irish club.

At Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Daniel Bamberg scored the only goal of the match in the 85th minute as FK Haugesund knocked off FK Sarajevo 1-0 on the road in the opening match of their two-game series. 

At Belgrade, Serbia:

Stefan Nutz (37', 90') and Daniel Schutz (80', 85') each scored twice as SV Grodig will head back to Austria with a huge advantage after their series-opening 4-0 demolition of FK Cukaricki on the road.