Champions League: First round of play-offs completed
The best results of today were obtained by Arsene Wenger's Arsenal FC (3-0 in Turkey) and also Basel, (4-2 at Lodogorets' stadium in Bulgaria). These teams join Zenit and Real Sociedad as almost certainly teams going through to the group phase of the best 32 teams in Europe.
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 0 Austria Wien (Austria) 2
Ludogorets (Bulgaria) 2 Basel (Switzerland) 4
Marcelinho, 23 Salah 12,59
I.Stoyanov, 50 Sio, 64 Schär 84 (pen).
Steaua Bucharest (Romania) 1 Legia (Poland) 1
Piovaccari, 34 Kosecki, 53
Schalke (Germany) 1 PAOK (Greece) 1
Farfán, 32 Stoch, 73
Fenerbahçe (Turkey) 0 Arsenal (England) 3
Giroud, 77 (pen)
Shakhter Karagandy shocked Celtic with a 2-0 win in Kazakhstan while Zenit went to Paços de Ferreira in Portugal chalking up what seems to be an insurmountable lead of 4-1, with Roman Shirokov scoring a hat-trick. In the other games, Plzen and Real Sociedad have the advantage while AC Milan took a point away from Eindhoven.
The Play-offs for the Champions League get under way with the return legs being played next week. The ten winners of these ten games will join the twenty-two automatic qualifiers in the group phase of 32 teams split into 8 groups of four teams.
Paços de Ferreira (Portugal) 1 Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia) 4
André leão, 58 Shirokov 27, 60, 90 Degra o.g. 85
Shakhter Karagandy (Kazakhstan) 2 Celtic (Scotland) 0
PSV (Netherlands) 1 AC Milan (Italy) 1
Matavz, 60 El Sharaawy, 15
Lyon (France) 0 Real Sociedad (Spain) 2
Haris Seferovic, 50
Plzen (Czech Republic) 3 Maribor (Slovenia) 1
Cisovsky, 9 Mejac, 66