BUCHAREST, Aug 3 (SW) - 1986 European champions Steaua Bucuresti are one step closer to the lucrative group stage after the Romanian champions dispatched the Republic of Ireland's Shelbourne 4-1 on the night and on aggregate on Wednesday evening.
Steaua - Shelbourne 4-1
Steaua win 4-1 on aggregate
The match started on a bit of a nasty note when Steaua's Constantin Dica and Shels' Dave Rogers were
sent off in the fifth minute for a clash off the ball before Banel Nicoltia looped a shot past goalkeeper Dean Delaney for a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.
Eight minutes later, Victoras Iacob made it 2-0 to Steaua before Jason Byrne got his fifth qualifying goal for Shels five minutes before the half-time interval.
Laurentiu Dinita made it 3-1 just after the hour mark when he put in after Delaney mishit a clearance. Steaua would be reduced to nine men into added time when he got his second yellow card for a dive, but later in added time Daniel Ionut Oprita converted a penalty to give Steaua four goals and a date with Rosenborg in the next round.
Haka - Vålerenga 1-4
Vålerenga win 5-1 on aggregate
A double by Norwegian forward Tore André Flo lifted Vålerenga to a 4-1 win over Finnish rivals Haka on Wednesday, sending his side through to the third qualifying round 5-1 on aggregate.
Following last week's 1-0 defeat in Norway, Haka came out looking for revenge against their Scandinavian rivals and pulled the tie level nine minutes in as Toni Lehtinen struck to give Haka a 1-0 lead on the evening.
Parity was not meant to be, however, as Vålerenga went back ahead in the tie as Kjetil Waehler's goal made it a 1-1 on the night, leaving the Finns needing two goals to advance.
Ex-Chelsea and Rangers forward Flo scored two minutes later to put Haka out of it before former Tottenham Hotspur player Steffen Iversen scored on the hour mark to make it 3-1 on the night. Flo added his second of the night for exclamation with 16 minutes to play.
Vålerenga will now face Belgian champions Club Brugge in the third qualifying round.
Maccabi Haifa - Malmö 2-2
Malmö win 5-4 on aggregate
A late goal by substitute Peter Abelsson lifted Swedish champions Malmö to a 2-2 draw in Israel on Wednesday night and a narrow aggregate victory, setting up a third qualifying round tie with Swiss side Thun.
Ten minutes in, Maccabi Haifa went ahead 1-0 and on away goals after a 3-2 first-leg loss, when Roberto Colautti scored. However, Malmö came back as they did twice in the first leg when Afonso
Alves put Malmö back ahead on aggregate in the 21st minute. Shlomi Arbeitman again went up on away goals on the hour mark, but put his team down to ten men with 20 minutes to go when he received his second yellow card of the match.
With five minutes to go, Abelsson was introduced and it paid off when he scored on a header with a minute to play to send Malmö through.
Neftchi - Anderlecht 1-0
Anderlecht win 5-1 on aggregate
After a dismal 5-0 loss in Belgium a week ago, Azerbaijan champions Neftchi went out of the Champions League on a very high note as they notched a 1-0 victory over Anderlecht in Baku.
The lone goal of the match came when Vadim Boret converted a spot kick in the fifth minute, but in the end Anderlecht will move on to face Czech side Slavia Prague in the next round with the winner advancing to the group stage.
Lokomotiv Moscow - Rabotnicki 2-0
Lokomotiv Moscow win 3-1 on aggregate
The Macedonian champions did well in the first leg to hold Lokomotiv of Russia to a 1-1, but needed a goal in a bad way in Moscow on Wednesday.
They had a chance to go ahead in the tie on 70 minutes after Malkhaz Asatiani brought down Rabotnicki's Armand Dubois Jankep in the area, but Pance Stojanov failed to convert from the spot.
After 75 minutes of goalless football, Dmitri Sychev, the man who rescued Lokomotiv from defeat a week ago, put the Russian side ahead 1-0 before Asatiani gave Lokomotiv an insurance goal
with five minutes to play.
The Russians will now face Austrian side Rapid Wien in the third qualifying round.
Sheriff - Partizan 0-1
Partizan win 2-0 on aggregate
It was déjà vu for Partizan on Wednesday night as they got the exact same result as the first leg, a 1-0 win, thanks to a solitary goal by last week's scorer Obiora Odita.
The Serbian side were made to work for their win by Moldovan champions Sheriff but Nigerian striker Odita found the back of the net with 25 minutes to play, setting up a tie with Slovakian champions Artmedia Bratislava who dramatically knocked out Celtic yesterday.
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