Wednesday, August 24, 2016

UEFA Champions League Qualifying: Copenhagen, Dinamo Zagreb, Citizens, Rostov, Gladbach Advance To Group Stage

The UEFA Champions League's playoff round concluded on Wednesday with five games.

At Nicosia, Cyprus:

Federico Santander scored the series-winning goal in the 86th minute as FC Copenhagen gained a 1-1 game-two road draw with APOEL FC and ousted the Cypriot club 2-1 on aggregate.

At Wals-Siezenheim, Austria:

After game two ended as a 1-1 draw after regulation (and with the series deadlocked at 2-2 on aggregate), El Arabi Hillel Soudani scored the series-winning goal in the 95th minute as Dinamo Zagreb took their series on the road with FC Red Bull Salzburg 3-2 on aggregate following overtime.  It was Junior Fernandes, whose goal in the 87th minute of regulation that forced overtime.

At Manchester, England:

Fabian Delph scored the only goal of the match in the 56th minute as Manchester City defeated visiting Steaua Bucharest 1-0 in game two, much more than good enough for the Citizens as they eliminated the Romanian club 6-0 on aggregate.

At Rostov-on-Don, Russia:

Sardar Azmoun (34'), Aleksandr Yerokhin (52'), Christian Noboa (60'), and Dmitry Poloz (66') each delivered a goal as FC Rostov dominated visiting Ajax Amsterdam 4-1 in game two and won their series 5-2 on aggregate.

At Monchengladbach, Germany:

Throgan Hazard (9', 64', 84') and Raffael Caetano de Araujo (33', 40', 77') each produced a hat trick as Borussia Monchengladbach destroyed visiting BSC Young Boys 6-1 in game two and completed their two-game frontier-styled fist-beating of the Swiss club 9-2 on aggregate.

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