Thursday, August 24, 2017

UEFA Champions League Wednesday knockout qualifying round Review

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim

Liverpool stormed into the group stages of the Champions League after an explosive first-half display against Hoffenheim at Anfield which saw them score 3 goals in 25 minutes secured a 4-2 win and 6-3 on aggregate.

Midfielder Emre Can stroke twice, the first in the 10th minute and the second in the 25th.

Mohamed Salah tapped in on the 18th-minute to score the second which was his first European goal for Liverpool and his first at Anfield.

Mark Uth reduced the deficit after coming on as a sub in the firsthalf but an unrelenting Liverpool ran riot and got the fourth through Firminho after captain Henderson stole the ball from the Hoffenheim last defender.

Sandro Wagner briefly paused the party atmosphere with a 79th-minute consolation header.

To be frank, Klopp's men will not be an opponent desired by Europe's leading teams when they are placed in pot three for Thursday's Champions League draw.

Steaua Bucharest 5-1 Sporting Lisbon

After a first leg that ended goaless, Sporting Lisbon went on a scoring spree in the second half of the game as they reached the group stage of this season's Uefa Champions League.

The team from Portugal got the lead when Ivorian Seldou Doumbia put Sporting ahead after 13 minutes, but when Junior Morais equalised seven minutes later when he tapped in after Lisbon goalkeeper had save a shot.

The momentum died for Steaua Bucharest during the final 30 minutes, conceding four goals as Sporting cut loose with Marcos Acuna, Gelson Martins, Bas Dost and Rodrigo Battaglia getting the goals that powered the Portuguese side into the pool draw.

FC COPENHAGEN 2-1 QARABAG

The surprise team from Azerbaijan Qarabag went through to the group stage following a tense play-off tie away to FTC Copenhagen in Denmark.

Qarabag took a one-goal advantage with them to Denmark, but fell behind in the 45th minute when Federico Santander netted for the home team. Things looked better for Qarabag when Dino Ndlovu equalised in the 63rd minute, only for Copenhagen to regain the lead in the 66th minute through Andrija Pavlovic.

It became a tight contest towards the end but Copenhagen could not score again, meaning the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate with Qarabag progressing on away goals and becoming the first team from their country to make the Champions League group stage.

CSKA MOSCOW 2-0 YOUNG BOYS

CSKA Moscow were in total control of their play-off clash against Young-boys having won the away leg 1-0 in Switzerland.

The Russian club were rarely troubled by their opponents as goals from Georgi Schennikov and Alan Dzagoev ensured a comfortable passage 3-0 victory on aggregate.

SLAVIA PRAGUE 0-0 APOEL NICOSIA

The play-off round was completed in Prague, where APOEL Nicosia arrived with a two-goal advantage from the first leg as they were able to preserve that comfortable cushion despite Slavia Prague's best efforts as the tie finished 0-0.

By Emmanuel Ndibe

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