Dinamo Kiev, Celtic and Porto: what a flop! Ajax advances with three penalties
The first surprise comes from Azerbaijan, where the Apoel signs a great comeback. After losing 2-1 at home, the Cypriots stormed the Qarabag field with a dry 2-0 (De Vincenti's penalty and Matic's goal), thus gaining access to the Champions playoffs. Rosenborg (Norway) gets rid of Maribor (Slovenia) with a nice 3-1 comeback (Konradsen's double), while Bruges imposes a 3-3 pyrotechnic on Dinamo Kiev: the Ukrainian team, a 1-0 defeat in Belgium a week ago, it is the first big to leave the scene in the third qualifying round. Convincing victory of Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) at Ferencvaros (Hungary): 4-0 signed Ademi, Petkovic (ex Bologna), Dani Olmo and Gojak. Sergio Conceicao's Port collapses dramatically: the Portuguese started from the success in Russia 1-0, but at Do Dragao they suffer three goals in a time from Krasnodar. Useless goals from Ze Luis and Diaz to fix the score on 2-3. Outside also the Basel, which in the previous round had eliminated the PSV. Against Lask Linz (Austria) the Swiss are still losing: the first leg was 2-1, this time the score is even rounder, 3-1. Olympiacos (Greece) did well, setting Basaksehir 2-0 thanks to goals from Semedo and Valbuena on penalty. Ajax suffers, goes down for Biseswar's goal, but has the strength to overturn against Paok, winning by 3-2. Curiosity: the English referee Pawson concedes three penalties to the Dutch, two scored and one wrong by Tadic. Tagliafico and Biseswar the other goals of the match. Thrill of emotions in Glasgow where Celtic hosts Cluj (Romania): after the 1-1 draw, the Scots are moving forward 3-2, but in the final they suffer two goals and lose 4-3. Decisive Omrani, who signed a fundamental double for the Romanians. The only match on penalty kicks in Copenhagen: after the 1-1 of the 120 'and 22 shots from the penalty spot, the Red Star passes the turn. Here is the playoff program: Dinamo Zagreb-Rosenborg; Cluj-Slavia Prague; Young Boys - Red Star; Apoel-Ajax; Lask Linz-Bruges; Olympiacos-Krasnodar
The first team to enter the Europa League playoff is the Dudelange. The Luxembourgers repeated the success of the first leg (3-1) beating the Estonians of Kalju again 1-0. All second prediction also for Linfield (3-2 at Sutjeska) and Slovan Bratislava (3-1 away at Dundalk).
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