Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

Champions League play-off results: Celtic dominates, Roma survives

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theScore is your one-stop shop for Wednesday’s first-leg Champions League play-off matches, which will go a long way in determining five of the final 10 teams that will reach the 2016-17 group stage.

FC Porto 1, Roma 1


Goals

  • AS Roma: Felipe (own goal) – 21st minute
  • FC Porto: Andre Silva – 61st minute

Related – Watch: Porto’s Felipe marks Champions League debut with own goal

Red cards

  • AS Roma: Thomas Vermaelen – 41st minute

A bit of fortune handed Roma an early lead, as Porto‘s Felipe redirected a corner kick into his own net. But the Italian side lost its composure when debutant Thomas Vermaelen was sent off for two yellow-card offenses.

Andre Silva scored from the penalty spot in the second half to level the first leg. Unfortunately for the Portuguese host, it couldn’t make much more of its numerical advantage.

FC Porto AS Roma
54 Possession (%) 46
31 (7) Shots (On Goal) 11 (6)
8 Corner Kicks 3
2 Offsides 0
15 Fouls 15
2 Yellow Cards 6
0 Red Cards 1

Villarreal 1, AS Monaco 2


Goals

  • AS Monaco: Fabinho – 3rd minute
  • Villarreal: Pato – 36th minute
  • AS Monaco: Bernardo Silva – 72nd minute

Related – Watch: Pato nods in 1st European goal since 2012

Red cards

  • AS Monaco: Benjamin Mendy – 87th minute

Pato marked his Villarreal debut and return to European football with a well-timed header that cancelled out Fabinho‘s opener. AS Monaco, however, left the Estadio El Madrigal with the upper hand, after Bernardo Silva went on a solo run to score a vital winner.

Villarreal AS Monaco
59 Possession (%) 41
10 (4) Shots (On Goal) 8 (2)
4 Corner Kicks 4
3 Offsides 2
9 Fouls 12
1 Yellow Cards 5
0 Red Cards 1

Ludogorets 2, Viktoria Plzen 0


Goals

  • Ludogorets: Cosmin Moti – 51st minute
  • Ludogorets: Virgil Misidjan – 64th minute

Cosmin Moti – the defender who famously donned the goalkeeper gloves in a shootout win over Steaua Bucharest in the 2014 Champions League play-offs – scored a spot-kick of his own Wednesday evening to put the Bulgarian side in the driver’s seat.

Ludogorets Viktoria Plzen
56 Possession (%) 44
14 (4) Shots (On Goal) 7 (2)
6 Corner Kicks 6
2 Offsides 4
18 Fouls 20
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0

Celtic 5, Hapoel Be’er Sheva 2


Goals

  • Celtic: Tom Rogic – 9th minute
  • Celtic: Leigh Griffiths – 39th minute
  • Celtic: Leigh Griffiths – 45th minute
  • Hapoel Be’er Sheva: Lucio Maranhao – 55th minute
  • Hapoel Be’er Sheva: Maor Melikson – 57th minute
  • Celtic: Moussa Dembele – 73rd minute
  • Celtic: Scott Brown – 85th minute

Related – Watch: Griffiths’ sweet free-kick earns quick brace vs. Hapoel Be’er Sheva​

Celtic headed into the dressing room with a 3-0 half-time lead after Leigh Griffiths bagged an impressive brace. Hapoel Be’er Sheva showed some resilience with two quick goals to start the second stanza, but Celtic reasserted its authority with late tallies from Moussa Dembele and Scott Brown.

Celtic Hapoel Be’er Sheva
55 Possession (%) 45
22 (10) Shots (On Goal) 7 (4)
7 Corner Kicks 0
1 Offsides 0
12 Fouls 7
4 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0

Dundalk 0, Legia Warsaw 2


Goals

  • Legia Warsaw: Nemanja Nikolic – 56th minute
  • Legia Warsaw: Aleksandar Prijovic – 90th minute

Dundalk had put itself within touching distance of a potentially historic result. An Irish club has never before made the Champions League proper, and it looked like the club had a chance to nick a result at the Aviva Stadium after holding Legia Warsaw scoreless in the first half.

But Legia’s Nemanja Nikolic later converted a penalty, and substitute Aleksandar Prijovic added the insurance marker to take a valuable result back to Poland.

Dundalk Legia Warsaw
49 Possession (%) 51
7 (3) Shots (On Goal) 11 (5)
2 Corner Kicks 4
3 Offsides 4
7 Fouls 21
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0



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