UEFA Champions League 2022/23 Playoff round has completed its first leg this midweek with a stalemate for Rangers vs PSV and an away victory for Benfica.

Europa  League runners-up, Glasgow Rangers were involved in a tight game while playing host to PSV Eindhoven. Both sides initially had difficulties in breaking the deadlock due to the solid defence on both ends before the visitor netted an opener through Ibrahim Sangare. Three minutes later, Antonio Colak scored to put the home side back on level terms. On 70th minute, Gers finally were in front as Tom Lawrence’s free kick was poorly anticipated by PSV’s goalie Walter Benitez as the Argentine lost the ball from his grip. Fortunately, Ruud Van Nilstelrooy’s men managed to equalise through Armando Obispo’s header. It was a fair result for both teams. The second leg will be contested next week.

Glasgow Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven 2-2

Goals: Antonio Colak (40), Tom Lawrence (70); Ibrahim Sangare (37), Armando Obispo (78)

Rangers: McLoughin  –  Goldson, Borna Barisic, James Tavarnier, J Sands – John Lundstram, Steven Davis (Glen Kamara 71), Tom Lawrence  –  Antonio Colak, Ryan Kent, Mark Tillman (S Wright 71)

PSV Eindhoven: Walter Benitez – A Ramalho, Jordan Teze, Phillip Max, Armando Obispo (Jarrad Braithwaite 79) –  Erick Gutierrez, Joey Veerman, Ibrahim Sangare –  Cody Gakpo, I Saibari, Luuk de Jong

In the meantime, the two-time UCL Champions, Benfica were able to pick up three points on the road while taking on Dynamo Kiev. The Portuguese side thumped Kiev 2-0. Gilberto and Goncalo Ramos bagged the winning goals. They are now only one step away from qualifying to the group stage as Rogert Schimdt’s side is the only team who managed to secure an away win among the UCL playoff contestants.

Meanwhile, all of their counterparts in Champions path still have a chance to seal one spot at the group stage. Danish top flight champions, FC Copenhagen won 2-1 over the Turkish Super Lig Champion, Trabzonspor at their home turf. Swedish international Viktor Claesson gave the home side a lead. Lukas Lerager even extended their lead before Greek international Anastasios Bakasetas scored a lifeline. Another Scandinavian club, Bodoe/Glimt also snatched a home win as they crushed Croatian champion, Dinamo Zagreb. Amahi Pellegrino bagged the only goal of the game. Next, Israeli top tier champions, Maccabi Haifa managed to crush the 1991 Champions League winner, Red Star Belgrade, in a thrilling encounter. They opened the score line as Frantzdy Pierrot found the back of the net on 18th minute but the Serbian champions responded well by scoring twice through Alekasander Pesic dan Guelor Kanga. After the interval, Pierrot completed his brace on 51st minute before Tjaronn Chery scored the winning goal. Last but not least, Czech Rep’s Viktoria Plzen and Azerbaijan’s Qarabag could only muster a goalless draw. Plzen will have their turn to hold the games in front of their home fans next week.