Champions League third qualifying round saw various results from PSV, Monaco, Europa League runners-up, Rangers and Benfica at the first leg.
The Dutch side PSV Eindhoven stretched their positive performance in UCL qualifiers after clinching a thrilling 5-3 win in Dutch Super Cup against Ajax on the weekend. They managed to pick up one point while travelling to Monaco. Ruud Van Nilsterooy’s men opened the scoring through Joey Veerman’s long range shot before sitting quite deep at the backline to keep their lead. It forced the home side to only rely on long shot outside the six-yard box to create chances. However, Monaco finally was able to break the deadlock as Axel Disasi found the equaliser in 80th minute. It was enough for PSV to keep their chance for progressing to the group stage alive.
Monaco vs PSV Eindhoven 1-1
Goals: Axel Disasi (80); Joey Veerman (39)
Monaco: Alexander Nubel – Guillermo Maripan, Ismael Jakobs, Vanderson, Axel Disasi – Matazo, Fofana, Alexander Golovin (Gelson Martins 75) – Kevin Volland (Breel Embolo 75), Wissam Ben Yedder (Sofiane Diop 84),Takumi Minamino (Diatta 67)
PSV Eindhoven: Walter Benitez – Teze, Obispo, Phillip Max (A Ramalho 61), Mwene (Xavi Simons 75) – Ibrahim Sangare (Marco Van Ginkel 78), Joey Veerman, Guus Til (Erick Gutierrez 61) – Cody Gakpo, Luuk de Jong, Saibari (F Oppegard 75)
In the meantime, Glasgow Rangers shockingly returned empty handed while taking on the debutante, Union St.Guilloise on the road. The two-time Europa League runners-up in 2008 and last season suffered a 2-0 loss from Teddy Tauma’s goal and Dante Vanzeir’s penalty. Giovanni Van Bronckhost’s men would have to bounce back in the reverse fixture to go through the playoff round. Otherwise, the Scottish side would have to be back competing in the UEFA’s second tier again.
The two-time Champions, Benfica, had a better results than their contenders. Roger Schimdt’s men ran rampant against Denmark’s Midtylland and won 4-1 at home. Goncalo Ramos bagged a hattrick on 17, 33 and 61. Another goal was scored by a promising talent from Argentina, Enzo Fernandez. The visitors could only net a consolation goal on 78th minute through Pione Sisto’s penalty.
Apparently, Benfica was not the only one who secured big win in the midweek. Israel Champions Maccabi Haifa, Red Star Belgrade and Norway’s Bodoe/Glimt also trounced their oppositions to clear their way to the next round. They smashed Apollon Limassol, Pyunik and Lithuanian side Zalgiris Vilnius 4-0 and 5-0 each respectively.
The second leg will be staged on August 9 to find out which teams shall advance to the playoff round, or just one step to the group stage. Here are the complete results in the midweek’s UCL qualifiers:
- Monaco vs PSV 1-1
- Union St.Guilloise vs Glasgow Rangers 2-0
- Benfica vs Midtylland 4-1
- FC Sheriff vs Viktoria Plzen 1-2
- Ludogorets vs Dinamo Zagreb 1-2
- Qarabag vs Ferencvaros 1-1
- Maccabi Haifa vs Apollon Limassol 4-0
- Dynamo Kiev vs Strum Graz 1-0
- Red Star Belgrade vs Pyunik 5-0
- Bodoe/Glimt vs Zalgiris Vilnius 5-0