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Levski ease into third round

2 August 2006 20:21

TBILISI, Aug 2 (SW) - Bulgarian champions Levski coasted into the third qualifying round of the Champions League on Wednesday, defeating Georgian side Sioni 2-0 on the evening and 4-0 on aggregate.

The home team looked solid early on, but Levski broke through on 18 minutes as Valeri Domovchisky latched onto a pass and coolly slotted the ball home to all but secure the tie with the away goal.

The Bulgarians then sat back to defend and had to withstand good spells on pressure from the Sioni attack, but the home side were dealt a serious setback when referee Selçuk Dereli showed a red card to Archil Alavidze for a second booking in the 64th minute.

In stoppage time, Emil Angelov bagged his second goal of the tie to wrap up the match and Levski now face what should be a very close tie against Italian side Chievo, with the first leg next week in Sofia.

Spartak Moscow - Sheriff 0-0

Aggregate 1-1; Spartak Moscow advance on away goals

Spartak Moscow will need to rethink their strategies before the next round as they just narrowly moved on after being held goalless at home by Sheriff Tiraspol, advancing on away goals.

The Russian side were dominant early on at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, but they were dealt a double blow as skipper Yegor Titov and his replacement, new signing Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, were both forced off with injuries in the second half.

Spartak decided to preserve their narrow advantage and it nearly cost them dear as Sheriff poured forward on the Russians' goal, but goalkeeper Wojciech Kowalewski ensured Spartak's progress to face Slovan Liberec in Round 3.

Ruzomberok - Djurgården 3-1

Ruzomberok advance 3-2 on aggregate

A dramatic late goal propelled Slovakian side Ruzomberok to an upset of Swedish champions Djurgården, advancing to the third qualifying round of the Champions League where they will face CSKA Moscow.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Sweden, Ruzomberok stormed out to a quick 2-0 lead as Igor Zofcak scored from distance in the 14th minute and Marian Tomcak headed in a second four minutes later.

The Slovaks thoroughly controlled the first half and could have had more if not for Djurgården goalkeeper Pa Dembo Touray providing some good work in the goal but the Swedes were reduced to 10 men in the 66th minute as skipper Marcus Johanasson was sent off for a rash challenge on Marek Sapara

Djurgården actually managed to go in front in the tie on away goals with Jones Kusi-Akare's lucky strike with 15 minutes left, but just when it looked like the Slovaks' hopes were dashed, forward Jan Nezmar crept in to tuck home in the 88th minute to secure a dramatic success.

Vålerenga - Mladá Boleslav 2-2

Mladá Boleslav advance 5-3 on aggregate

A maiden journey into the Champions League didn't affect Mladá Boleslav, as the Czech side advanced to the third qualifying round after holding Vålerenga to a draw in Norway.

Milos Brezinsky gave Boleslav a big boost with an away goal just short of the half-time interval with a well-placed header off of a set piece.

After Martin Abraham's red card in the 64th minute reduced the Czechs to 10 men, Vålerenga struck when Frantisek Sevinsky's own goal gave the Norwegians hope, although Marek Kulic got the goal back in the 84th minute.

Daniel Holm got an equalizer on a strike from close-range in the 87th minute, but Vålerenga were beaten overall and now Boleslav will face Galatasaray.

Dinamo Zagreb - Ekranas 5-2

Dinamo Zagreb advance 9-3 on aggregate

A treble by Goran Ljubojevic led Dinamo Zagreb to a trouncing of Lithuanian side Ekranas, setting up a lucrative tie against Arsenal.

Ljubojevic wasted no time building on Dinamo's 4-1 first-leg lead as he tucked home a Marijan Buljat pass after a minute had been played.

The match then quieted down for a bit, but an offensive showcase then erupted when Ognjen Vukojevic fired home on 48 minutes and Ljubojevic added a second just after the hour mark.

Martenas Savenas and Povilas Luksys struck to pull the score on the night back to 3-2 for Ekranas with 20 minutes to play, but Davor Vugrinec and a third by Ljubojevic in the dying stages set up the Croatian side for a match against the Gunners.

MyPa - FC København 2-2

FC København advance 4-2 on aggregate

Danish side FC København moved on to face Ajax in the third qualifying round after a draw against Finnish side MyPa secured their passage onward in the competition.

After a 2-0 win in Denmark, FCK extended their advantage with an away goal in the 12th minute as Fredrik Berglund struck to take the lead before Eero Pellonen finally got MyPa on the board four minutes before the interval.

Sweden international midfielder Tobias Linderoth retook the lead for FCK after 73 minutes were played to secure the match, although Saku Puhakainen managed to equalize the match for MyPa.

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