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

England football fans' shameful chants during friendly with Germany Winston Reid Foundation aims to build infrastructure for football academies, improve access for Maori players Lukas Podolski gets perfect send-off with winning goal for Germany against England Winston Reid expected to be back in five weeks as injury not as bad an initially thought Chris Wood's season of excellence down to coach, team-mates believing in him Wellington Phoenix coach calls on players to take personal responsibility against Newcastle Many reasons behind Tommy Smith's absence from the All Whites, but he's focused on the future Eastern Suburbs swallow bitter pill while Auckland City prepare for semifinals All Whites coach Anthony Hudson's selections leave plenty of questions Anthony Hudson's 54 - his All Whites since late 2014

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