Wednesday, July 20, 2016

UEFA Champions League Qualifying: Bhoys Overcome Pesky Imps To Advance; Dundalk, Trond Kids, Dinamo Zagreb Also Advance

The second round of UEFA Champions League qualifying concluded on Wednesday with eight games.

At Dudelange, Luxembourg:

Reynaldo dos Santos Silva scored in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time as Qarabag gained a 1-1 game-two road draw with Dudelange and won their two-match series 3-1 on aggregate.

At Zilina, Slovakia:

Rangelo Janga (13') and Matus Bero (20') each scored a goal during the first half-hour as Trencin, despite dropping a 3-2  decision in game two to visiting Olimpia Ljubljana, won their series with the Slovenian club on away goals with the aggregate score at 6-6. 

At Zagreb, Croatia:

Marko Pjaka successfully converted two penalty kicks (55', 70') as Dinamo Zagreb held off visiting Vardar 3-2 in game two and ousted the Macedonian club 5-3 on aggregate.

At Astana, Kazakhstan:

Marin Anicic scored twice (31', 90'+2) as Astana defeated visiting Zalgiris Vilnius 2-1 in game two and eliminated the Lithuanian club by that same score on aggregate.

At Budapest, Hungary:

After game two ended in a 1-1 regulation draw (which deadlocked the series at 2-2 on aggregate) which was followed by 30 minutes of goal-free overtime,  Alban Hoxha, Lorenc Trashi, and Caleb Ekuban all converted their spot kicks as Partizani Tirana defeated Ferencvaros 3-1 in the penalty-kick shootout to advance to the third qualifying round.

At Norrkoping, Sweden:

Christian Gytkjaer (PK-36') and Yann-Erik De Lanlay (55') produced a goal apiece as Rosenborg BK, despite dropping a 3-2 game-two road decision to IFK Norrkoping, still ousted the Swedish club 5-4 on aggregate.

At Hafnarfjordur, Iceland:

David McMillan scored twice (52', 62') as Dundalk gained a 2-2 game-two road draw with FH Hafnarjordur and took out the Icelandic club on away goals with the aggregate score at 3-3.

At Glasgow, Scotland:

Mikael Lustig (23'), Leigh Griffiths (25'), and Patrick Roberts (29') each scored a goal during a seven-minute span of the first-half hour as Celtic overturned their series-opening defeat in Gibraltar with a 3-0 home victory over Lincoln Red Imps that enabled the Bhoys to take their series 3-1 on aggregate.

Here are the match-ups for the third qualifying round with the game-one hosts listed first:


Rosenborg BK (Norway) vs. APOEL FC (Cyprus)

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) vs. Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia)

Olympiacos (Greece) vs. Hopoel Be'er Sheva (Israel)

Astana (Kazakhstan) vs. Celtic (Scotland)

At Trencin (Slovakia) vs. Legia Warsaw (Poland)

Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) vs. Qarabag (Azerbaijan)

Astra Giurgiu (Romania) vs. FC Copenhagen (Denmark)

FC BATE Borisov (Belarus) vs. Dundalk (Republic of Ireland)

Partizani Tirana (Albania) vs. FC Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)


Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) vs. PAOK FC (Greece)

Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Steaua Bucharest (Romania)

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs. BSC Young Boys (Switzerland)

FC Rostov (Russia) vs. RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)

Fenerbahce (Turkey) vs. AS Monaco (France)

The opening contests take place on July 26 and 27 with the return contests the following Tuesday and Wednesday.

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