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Celtic, Steaua advance to third Champions qualifier

Reuters, LONDON

Steaua Bucharest’s Federico Piovaccari, left, scores as Vardar’s Radenko Bojovic, center, grabs his shirt in their UEFA Champions League qualifying round, second-leg match on Tuesday at the Filip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia.

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Celtic moved into the Champions League third qualifying round with a 2-0 victory in their second-leg match against Cliftonville at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Tuesday and now face Swedish side IF Elfsborg.

The Scottish champions, who reached the last 16 earlier this year, having enjoyed a famous group-stage win over Barcelona, beat Irish League champions Cliftonville 5-0 on aggregate.

Former European champions Steaua Bucharest also booked a place in the third round with a 2-1 win at FK Vardar to secure a 5-1 aggregate victory over the Macedonian side in Skopje.

Romanian champions Steaua next play Georgians Dinamo Tbilisi, former winners of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, who beat Faroe Islanders Streymur 3-1 away for a 9-2 aggregate win.

Celtic’s Efe Ambrose scored after 16 minutes and Greece striker Giorgos Samaras added a second in the 70th to put the 1967 European Cup winners through against the part-timers.

Swedish champions Elfsborg won 4-0 at Latvia’s Daugava Daugavpils to wrap up an emphatic 11-1 aggregate victory in their second qualifying-round match.

Maccabi Tel Aviv will face Swiss champions and last season’s Europa League semi-finalists Basel, who lost to eventual trophy winners Chelsea, by beating Gyor 2-1 for a 4-1 aggregate win.

FH of Iceland beat Ekranas 2-1 to wrap up a 3-1 aggregate success and set up a tie with Austrian champions Austria Vienna, who like Basel enter the qualifiers in the third round.

BATE Borisov, the Belarus club that finished third in a group that contained Bayern Munich last term, lost 1-0 at Kazakh side Shakhter Karangady to exit 2-0 on aggregate.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Molde beat Sligo Rovers 2-0 after a 1-0 win in Ireland thanks to goals from Martin Linnes and Aliou Coly as they aim to reach the group stage after a 14-year gap.

Czech champions Viktoria Plzen earned a hard-fought 2-1 win at Zeljeznicar Sarajevo to go through 6-4 on aggregate and set up a tie with Estonian champions JK Nomme Kalju.

Kalju celebrated their first win in Europe with goals from Yankuba Ceesay and Damiano Quintieri giving them a 2-1 win over HJK Helsinki after the first-leg match ended goalless.

Dinamo Zagreb also advanced with a 1-0 win over CS Fola Esch thanks to Andrej Kramaric’s late penalty for a comprehensive 6-0 aggregate win. The Croatians will now face up against Sheriff of Moldova.

Four more second qualifying-round, second-leg ties were to be played yesterday, with 10 third qualifying-round matches scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday next week, with the return legs to be held on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7.

The winners of those qualifiers will reach the playoff round, which offers a route into the lucrative group stage.

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