First time lucky for debutant duo

The lineup for the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round is now confirmed and features a pair of newcomers in Drogheda United FC and FK Modriča.

Drogheda celebrate their winner
Drogheda celebrate their winner ©Sportsfile

Second-leg victories for competition newcomers Drogheda United FC and FK Modriča earned them places in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round along with seven other sides after the completion of the initial phase on Wednesday night. A tie against some of Europe's most famed clubs awaits many of the aggregate victors and they will not have to wait long with the next stage due to get under way on Tuesday.

FK Budućnost Podgorica 1-1 Tampere United (agg: 2-3)
Tampere earned a draw at Montenegrin champions Budućnost to progress to the second qualifying round for the second year in a row. The visitors took the lead – and a stranglehold on the tie after their first-leg win – in the eighth minute when Henri Myntti scored with a header after good build-up play. The hosts tried to apply pressure but were limited to shots from distance until striker Fatoš Bećiraj gave them hope with an 80th-minute goal. However, the Finnish side offered no more opportunities to secure their qualification.

Valur Reykjavík 0-1 FC BATE Borisov (agg: 0-3)
BATE confirmed their passage into the second qualifying round with a slender victory in Iceland. Igor Stasevich's first-minute goal was all that separated the teams, the Belarussian champions progressing to a tie with seasoned European campaigners RSC Anderlecht.

FC Pyunik 0-2 Anorthosis Famagusta FC (agg: 0-3)
Cypriot champions Anorthosis sealed a meeting with SK Rapid Wien after a goal in each half saw off their Armenian hosts. The visitors started strongly with Pyunik goalkeeper Grigor Meliksetyan having to save from Klimenti Tsitaishvili in the first minute. However, the home custodian was helpless when the same opponent followed up a Łukasz Sosin lob which came back off the crossbar to open the scoring on the half-hour mark. Pyunik fought back after the break with Vardan Petrosyan spurning three great opportunities to equalise, but with four minutes remaining Nikos Frousos sealed the victory after rounding Meliksetyan.

NK Domžale 2-0 F91 Dudelange (agg: 3-0)
Two goals from Slovenian international Luka Žinko helped Domžale ease to victory over their visitors from Luxembourg. With the home side carrying a one-goal advantage from the first leg, the midfielder broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, finishing from just outside the penalty area. With five minutes left, Žinko sealed the win with another effort from almost the same spot, although this time it was a free-kick. The aggregate win sets up a rematch with NK Dinamo Zagreb, the Croatian club having knocked Domžale out in the second qualifying round last season.

FK Modriča 2-1 KS Dinamo Tirana (agg: 4-1)
Two late goals sealed Modriča's progress to the second qualifying round where they will face Aalborg BK. The groundwork for the aggregate victory was laid by last week's away win in Albania and there were few chances in a cagey first half. However, Dinamo had to take the game to their hosts after the restart and made for an exciting finish when Daniel Xhafaj opened the scoring after 73 minutes. As the visitors pressed for the goal that would have taken the tie into extra time, Modriča broke with goals from Djordje Zafirović – in the last minute – and then Nikola Vasiljević, deep into added time, taking the Bosnia-Herzegovnian side through.

FC Artmedia Petržalka 1-0 Valletta FC (agg: 3-0)
Tomáš Farkaš's 33rd-minute strike helped the Slovakian champions to a second win against Valetta and a place in the next round of Europe's premier club competition. The home side were in command of the tie after their first-leg win in Malta and heavy rain prevented an open contest in the return. The only goal came when Marián Čišovský hit the post and Farkaš followed up to score. "In these conditions, it was more of a battle than football, but the important thing was to reach the next round," said Artmedia coach Vladimír Weiss.

IFK Göteborg 4-0 S.S. Murata (agg: 9-0)
A much changed and youthful Göteborg side heavily defeated their Sammarinese opponents for the second time in a week. Defender Adam Johansson gave the hosts the lead after 14 minutes, before 16-year old Nicklas Bärkroth doubled the score on the night seven minutes after the break. Jonas Wallerstedt (71) scored the third before Bärkroth claimed his second 16 minutes from time. Göteborg play Swiss champions FC Basel 1893 in the next round.

FC Levadia Tallinn 0-1 Drogheda United FC (agg: 1-3)
Drogheda booked a date with FC Dynamo Kyiv in the next round after a Graham Gartland goal helped them overcome their Estonian hosts. The first half was a tight affair with the home side having the better of the opportunities, Sander Puri heading just wide. However, two minutes after the break, the visitors took the lead when full-back Gartland stabbed in Paul Keegan's corner. Levadia poured forward in search of a way back into the tie but were reduced to ten men midway through the second half when Vadim Petrenko picked up a second yellow card allowing Drogheda to ease to their debut away win in European competition at their first attempt.

NK Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Linfield FC (agg: 3-1)
Despite being held to a home draw by Linfield, Dinamo progressed to the competition's next stage courtesy of their two-goal away win in Northern Ireland last week. Marijo Mandžukić gave the hosts a third-minute lead following an excellent team move but the visitors equalised after the break, Michael Gault getting his head to a Conor Downey cross in the 54th minute. Dinamo had a succession of chances to win the game but found Linfield goalkeeper Alan Mannus in fine form.