Liverpool edged past Hoffenheim in the Champions League Play-Off 1st leg last night but there were four other matches that took place as 20 teams look to make the final step to the promised land of the group stages.
Across the course of both Tuesday and Wednesday there will be five matches each night, these will be split across both the League Route and the Champions Route. There were three in the former and two in the latter and with Liverpool already covered lets take a look at what went on across Europe
Sporting Lisbon and Steaua Bucharest played out a dour 0-0 draw in the Portuguese capital, a result that the visitors will probably be the happier with but they may well regret not bagging an all important away goal.
CSKA Moscow earned a hard fought win in Switzerland when they edged out Young Boys by just a solitary goal and it was a win that came in heartbreaking fashion for their Swiss opponents.
Kasim Nuhu would score a quite frankly shocking own goal. A speculative ball was launched forward late on, Nuhu’s original header when unchallenged was poor and then to try and rectify the mistake he then put too much on his second header which lofted over the on rushing Young Boys Goalkeeper. You can check this one out for yourself below.
FK Qarabag of Azerbaijan have a slender advantage of their own as they also picked up a 1-o win last night against Danish champions Copenhagen, their goal came via more traditional means as Mahir Matadov broke the deadlock and ultimately scored the winner after 25 minutes.
The Danes failed to find a way into the game and Qarabag’s well earned clean sheet will stand them in good stead for their trip to the Danish Capital next Wednedsay night. Below is the winning goal
Finally Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia are very much in the driving seat after their 2-0 win over Czech outfit Slavia Prague. Goals from Igor De Camargo and Stathis Aloneftis within the first 10 minutes have given them a commanding position going into next week’s return.