Young Boys provided the upset of the round by knocking out Dynamo Kiev, while Nice progressed to the Champions League play-offs after beating Ajax on away goals.
Ajax have failed to make it through the qualifiers for the third time in a row as they exited 3-3 on aggregate in the tie of the round against Nice, despite hosting the second leg.
The Eredivisie side – beaten in last season’s Europa League final – fell behind to Arnaud Souquet’s early goal, but Donny van de Beek and Davinson Sanchez struck either side of half-time to turn the match around in their favour.
But a sensational assist from in-demand Nice midfielder Jean Seri, who backheeled a cross for Vincent Marcel to finish well with 11 minutes to go, ensured the Ligue 1 side go into the play-offs.
Now that is what we call an assist: Seri for Marcel to score pic.twitter.com/1RHL2whJYe
— OGC Nice (@ogcnice_eng) August 2, 2017
Young Boys lost the first leg 3-1 in Kiev, but a Guillaume Hoarau penalty gave the Swiss outfit hope, with Jordan Mvula Lotomba scoring the decisive goal in the 89th minute, the teenager’s header squirming through the hands of goalkeeper Maxim Koval to send them through on away goals.
RB Salzburg’s wait to reach the group stage of the Champions League goes on after they were eliminated on away goals, a 0-0 draw at home proving enough to send Rijeka of Croatia into the next round.
Steaua Bucharest overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit against Viktoria Plzen with a crushing 4-1 win, but their fellow Romanians, Gheorghe Hagi’s FC Viitorul, went out 4-1 on aggregate to APOEL, who scored three times in extra time to settle the tie.
Emmanuel Adebayor was on target as Istanbul Basaksehir beat Club Brugge 2-0 at home to progress 5-3 overall, while Bibras Natcho scored the only goal as CSKA Moscow downed AEK Athens 3-0 on aggregate.
— İstanbul Başakşehir (@ibfk2014) August 2, 2017
Hapoel Beer-Sheva of Israel went through on away goals despite a 3-1 loss at Ludogorets that saw both sides reduced to 10 men and Slavia Prague also made it into the play-off round on away goals after losing 2-1 at BATE Borisov.
Poland’s Legia Warsaw lost 3-2 on aggregate to Astana despite a 1-0 home win, while an injury-time Marcos Tavares goal gave Maribor their second 1-0 success against Hafnarfjordur of Iceland.
James Forrest scored a stunner to settle Celtic’s tight tie against Norwegian champions Rosenborg 1-0 on aggregate and FC Copenhagen overturned a 1-0 deficit against Macedonian side Vardar with a 4-1 home win, despite goalscorer Jan Gregus’ red card.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 2, 2017
A 3-1 win in Serbia had put Olympiacos in a dominant position in their tie against Partizan Belgrade and a 2-2 draw at home was enough to keep the Greek side in the competition.
The draw for the play-off round takes place in Switzerland on Friday, with Germany’s Hoffenheim, Premier League side Liverpool, Serie A outfit Napoli and Sevilla of LaLiga among the teams entering at this phase of the Champions League.
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