Home teams struggle in Champs League playoffs

Last updated 09:29 21/08/2014
Nicolaj Thomsen
Reuters
DRAW: Denmark club Aalborg’s Nicolaj Thomsen, left, fights for the ball against Tomas De Vincenti of Cyprus’ APOEL during their Champions League playoff match in Denmark.

Relevant offers

Football

Mexico star Giovani Dos Santos back to face All Whites in upcoming international Southampton assistant manager latest to be caught out by media sting Second coach in England loses job after media sting Wellington Phoenix sign Western Australian defender Ryan Lowry Celtic fined by UEFA over supporters' Palestinian flags English FA are forced to bin 4000 Sam Allardyce T-shirts after newspaper sting All Whites coach Anthony Hudson plays down meeting with Sam Allardyce Anthony Hudson undecided on Tommy Smith return as he welcomes back several key players to All Whites Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante's love for football returns, leading to All Whites recall Guardiola's perfect record with Manchester City falls in thrilling Celtic draw

Former European Cup winners Porto and Celtic took big steps toward the Champions League group stage on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time), as home teams struggled in their playoff round, first-leg matches.  

Two-time champion Porto won 1-0 in Lille, and Celtic took advantage of a reprieve from UEFA to play in the competition by drawing 1-1 at Maribor.

Russian league leader Zenit St. Petersburg's 1-0 victory at Standard Liege helped ensure all five home teams failed to win.  

APOEL is favored to advance next week in Cyprus after drawing 1-1 against Aalborg in Denmark.

BATE Borisov took a 1-1 draw back to Belarus after Slovan Bratislava got an 80th-minute equaliser from veteran Slovakia forward Robert Vittek.

Second-leg matches are played next Tuesday (Wednesday NZT). The groups are drawn two days later in Monaco.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content