Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Champions League: Zenit off to flying start

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

Finonchenko 12

Khizhnichenko 77

PSV (Netherlands) 1 AC Milan (Italy) 1

Matavz, 60                El Sharaawy, 15

Lyon (France) 0   Real Sociedad (Spain) 2

                             Griezmann, 17

                             Haris Seferovic, 50

Plzen (Czech Republic) 3   Maribor (Slovenia) 1

Cisovsky, 9                     Mejac, 66

Darida, 58

Duris, 89


Playing Wednesday August 21


Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)  Austria Wien (Austria)

Ludogorets (Bulgaria) Basel (Switzerland)

Steaua Bucharest (Romania) Legia (Poland)

Schalke (Germany) PAOK (Greece)

Fenerbahçe (Turkey) Arsenal (England)

Photo: Roman Shirokov, Zenit

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey



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