By James Agberebi:
Nigerian pair John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme were in action for Hapoel Be’er Sheva as the Israeli champions booked their place in the play-off stage of the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League despite losing 3-1 away to Bulgaria’s Ludogorets in the second leg third qualifying round on Wednesday.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva go through on the away goals rule after winning the first leg 2-0 to bring aggregate score to 3-3.
Both Ogu and Nwakaeme played the full 90 minutes for Hapoel.
Wanderson scored two goals in the ninth and 33rd minutes to give Ludogorets a 2-0 first half lead.
In the 56th minute Marcelinho made it 3-0 in favour of Ludogorets.
But in the 61st minute Mohammed Ghadir scored the important away goal to swing the advantage back to Hapoel.
With three minutes left, Hapoel’s Michael Ohana was sent off after receiving his second yellow card.
And in the 90th minute, Marcelinho was also sent off for Ludogorets.
In Greece, former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike was an unused substitute for Olympiakos who were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Partizan Beograd of Serbia but still qualified 5-3 on aggregate.
Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor was on target for Istanbul Basaksehir who beat Belgian giants Club Brugge 2-0 to advance 5-3 on aggregate.
Adebayor scored in the seventh minute to put Istanbul 1-0 ahead.
And in Holland, four times Champions League winners Ajax were eliminated by French Ligue 1 club OGC Nice, who featured Mario Balotelli.
Ajax were held to a 2-2 draw to go out on the away goals rule. The first leg in France ended 1-,1 bringing aggregate score to 3-3.
In other third qualifying round fixtures on Wednesday, Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus thrashed FC Viitorul Constanta 4-0 after extra-time to go through 4-1 on aggregate, Denmark’s Copenhagen trounced FK Vardar Skopje of Macedonia 4-1 to advance 4-2 on aggregate.
FC FCSB of Romania defeated 10-man Viktoria Plzen of Czech Republic 4-1 to progress on a aggregate score of 6-3 and Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv lost 2-0 away to Young Boys of Switzerland, losing out on the away goals rule after aggregate score stood at 3-3. Dynamo won the first leg 3-1.
Also Scottish champions Celtic pipped Norway’s Rosenborg 1-0 away to qualify 1-0 aggregate, FC Astana of Kazakhstan lost 1-0 away to Legia Warszawa of Poland but progressed 3-2 on aggregate, Rijeka of Croatia played 0-0 against visiting Salzburg of Austria to book passage into the play-off after holding their opponent to a 1-1 away draw in the first leg, while Slovenia’s Maribor beat Iceland’s FH Hafnarfjordur 1-0 away to qualify on aggregate score of 2-0.
UCL 3rd Qualifying Round, 2nd Leg:
Apoel Nicosia 4-0 FC Viitorul Constanta
Bate Borisov 2-1 Slavia Prague
CSKA 1-0 AEK Athens
Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0 Club Brugge
Copenhagen 4-1 FK Vardar Skopje
Viktoria Plzen 1-4 FC FCSB
Young Boys 2-0 Dynamo Kyiv
FH Hafnarfjordur 0-1 Maribor
Ludogorets 3-1 Hapoel Beer Sheva
Ajax 2-2 Nice
Legia Warszawa 1-0 FC Astana
Olympiakos 2-2 Partizan Beograd
Rijeka 0-0 Salzburg
Rosenborg 0-1 Celtic