Hungarians earn dream draw

Zalaegerszegi TE broke Croatian hearts to book a meeting with Manchester United FC.

Zalaegerszegi TE broke Croatian hearts as they booked a UEFA Champions League meeting with Manchester United FC in the most dramatic of last night's second qualifying round ties.

Away goals
Flórián Úrban's 88th-minute penalty away to NK Zagreb meant a 2-1 defeat on the night for the Hungarians but an overall victory on the away-goals rule after last week's 1-0 home win. Zalaegerszeg will be at home for the first leg, to be played on either 13 or 14 August, with the return at Old Trafford coming a fortnight later on 27 or 28 August.

Partizan win in style
United were not the only prized opponents to play for and over the border in Yugoslavia FK Partizan had reason to celebrate as they progressed to face the 2001 European champions FC Bayern München. Partizan did so in style too, thrashing Sweden's Hammarby 4-0 for a 5-1 aggregate success.

Big prize
A big prize also awaits APOEL Nicosia FC in the shape of a third qualifying round tie against AEK Athens. APOEL did it the hard way, overcoming both a 1-0 first-leg deficit and the first-half dismissal of Marios Agathocleous to beat NK Maribor 4-2. A Greek-Cypriot showdown is not the only local squabble to look forward to in the third qualifying round as two goals from Runner Bagge helped Brøndby FC win 4-0 at KS Dinamo Tirana to secure a 5-0 aggregate success and a tie against their Nordic neighbours Rosenborg BK.

Zeljeznicar win again
Lillestrom SK will not be joining their fellow Norwegians in the next round as they suffered a second 1-0 defeat against Bosnia-Herzegovina's FK Zeljeznicar, Eulend Biscevic's scoring a late winner. Zeljeznicar will now play Newcastle United FC.

One step way
AC Sparta Praha impressed in last season's Champions League and are now just one step away from a return to the group stages after following up last week's 3-0 home win with a 2-1 success at FC Torpedo Kutaisi to earn a tie against Belgium's KRC Genk. Boavista FC have the same aim and will face AJ Auxerre next after a 7-3 aggregate defeat of Hibernians FC. However, they did not have it all their own way in Malta, losing a 3-1 lead in a 3-3 draw.

Brothers on target
Another comeback came in the tie between FC Pyunik and FC Dynamo Kyiv where the Armenians recovered a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 through a goal apiece from the Karamyan brothers. However, there was no way back from the 4-0 first-leg defeat they suffered in Ukraine and Dynamo will now face PFC Levski Sofia, 2-0 winners over FC Skonto.

Gimenez at the double
Poland's Legia Warszawa secured a high-profile encounter with FC Barcelona after a 1-1 home draw with FK Vardar completed a 3-1 aggregate win. Swiss double winners FC Basel will take on another former European Champion Clubs' Cup winner, Scotland's Celtic FC, after overcoming Slovakia's MŠK Zilina 3-0, Christian Gimenez scoring twice as Christian Gross's side won 4-1 on aggregate.

Graz duo
Maccabi Haifa progressed to face SK Sturm Graz after their 1-0 win at FC Belshina Bobruisk completed a 5-0 aggregate win and Sturm's city rivals, Grazer AK, joined them in the next round with a comfortable victory against FC Sheriff Tiraspol, 2-0 on the night and 6-1 overall. Next up for them are Russia's FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
 
Other ties
The three remaining third qualifying round ties were already decided before last night's action. They are: Sporting Clube de Portugal v Internazionale FC, Milan AC v FC Slovan Liberec and Feyenoord v Fenerbahçe SK.

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