The official website for European football

Famous names facing uncertain evenings

Published: Tuesday 3 August 2010, 23.30CET
Former UEFA club competition winners AFC Ajax, Celtic FC and FC Zenit St. Petersburg have work to do in the second leg of their third qualifying round ties if they are to reach the play-offs.
Famous names facing uncertain evenings
Braga won 3-0 in the first leg to leave Celtic facing an uphill struggle ©UEFA.com
Published: Tuesday 3 August 2010, 23.30CET

Famous names facing uncertain evenings

Former UEFA club competition winners AFC Ajax, Celtic FC and FC Zenit St. Petersburg have work to do in the second leg of their third qualifying round ties if they are to reach the play-offs.

The prospect of a UEFA Champions League group stage place will move one step closer to reality for 13 more teams when the third qualifying round concludes on Wednesday, though three former UEFA competition winners have work to do to remain in contention.

Four-time European champions AFC Ajax, Celtic FC – victors in 1967 – and 2008 UEFA Cup winners FC Zenit St. Petersburg all face the possibility of a premature exit following the first-leg encounters on 27 and 28 July. Celtic are in the greatest danger after losing 3-0 in Portugal to competition debutants SC Braga, while Ajax need to score when they travel to Greek club PAOK FC having drawn 1-1 at the Amsterdam ArenA. Zenit host Romanian side FC Unirea Urziceni, group-stage participants last season, level at 0-0.

FK Partizan and FC Dynamo Kyiv can breathe more easily, however, after 3-0 home victories. The former all but ended the hopes of HJK Helsinki whereas Dynamo made it a night to forget for the competition's other new entrants, KAA Gent. Gent's fellow Belgians RSC Anderlecht saw off The New Saints FC 6-1 on aggregate on Tuesday, while FC Basel 1893 are also well placed to progress following a 2-0 victory at Debreceni VSC.

The seven other ties are more difficult to predict, with three of them – FC Salzburg-AC Omonia, MŠK Žilina-PFC Lovech and NK Dinamo Zagreb-FC Sheriff – tied at 1-1, and FC København-FC BATE Borisov goalless. Fenerbahçe SK also drew, at BSC Young Boys, but will be favourites to advance by virtue of two away goals. Elsewhere, Swedish champions AIK make the short trip to Norway's Rosenborg BK trailing 1-0, while AC Sparta Praha lead KKS Lech Poznań by the same scoreline. FK Aktobe were also 1-0 to the good after their first instalment but fell to a 3-2 aggregate defeat by Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC on Tuesday.

The play-off draw, in which AJ Auxerre, Sevilla FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, UC Sampdoria and Werder Bremen await the winners of the five League Route ties, will be made on Friday. A full list of the clubs in the Champions Route and League Route can be found here.

Last updated: 28/01/12 6.41CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1509517.html#famous+names+facing+uncertain+evenings

UEFA.com features

Cerci aims to join Italy's past leading lights in Spain
  • Cerci aims to join Italy's past leading lights in Spain
  • Denmark rejoices at Agger's Brøndby return
  • Talents out to shine in UEFA Champions League
  • Bulgarian keepers' best European displays
  • Jelić soaring after five-star debut for Rad
  • Newcomers Eibar make coach Garitano proud
  • Balzan ambition helping Malta
  • Shaw's Spanish journey aids Perth
  • Bundesliga preview ... are Bayern beatable?
  • Who are  FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk?
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.