The third qualifying round of the Champions League brought a new dramatic night to the big games, and there were no surprises this time around.
The biggest is, that the 2004 champion Porto fame fell out however here after a heavy defeat by Russian Krasnodar 2: 3.
The Portuguese champion won 1-0 in Russia a week ago, but was shocked by Estado to Drago after Krasnodar's three goals in the first 35 minutes of the match.
Thus, with a total score of 3: 3 and more goals on foreign soil, the Russians will play a Champions League play-off against Greek Olympiakos, which eliminated Istanbul Bashakshehr 2-0 with a total score of 3: 0.
The other big one, who bid farewell to the race, is Scottish hegemon Celtic. In a crazy game, Clover lost 3–4 to Cluj in Scotland and dropped out of the tournament after a 4–5 aggregate score.
Celtic led the game twice but allowed an 80-minute turnaround, and the Romanian champion led by Dan Petrescu showed heroism. In search of a place in the groups he will play with Czech champion Slavia (Prague).
However, this is not the last surprise. Swiss Basel, which is a traditional member of the group stage, also turned out. The team allowed a second defeat by Austria's LASK (Linz) – 1: 3 as a guest and a total score of 2: 5.
The modest Austrian team will play in the playoffs with the Belgian Bruges.
There was also a drama in Amsterdam, where Ajax eliminated Greek PAOK with a needle – 3: 2 and a total score of 4: 3. The Amsterdamers conceded an early pass but received three penalties from English referee Craig Pawson.
The first was issued by Dusan Tadic, but the Serb scored the next two. Goalie goalscorer Nicolas Talafiko also scored a goal to help last year's semifinalists go through shameful outbursts.
In the playoffs, Ajax has a seemingly easy but insidious rival to APOEL's face (Nicosia).
However, the biggest drama was in Copenhagen. The local champion finished 1-1 on a regular basis with Serbian Red Star champion, who has long played with fewer men.
So, after 120 minutes of play, there was a shootout as a movie. After dozens of additions and a total of 22 appearances, the stars proved to be the drama of the Kings in the Champions League, triumphing 7: 6 from the white spot.
There was no real white dot – the ball was placed in a muddy and rounded space where it should be a penalty. At least four performers failed because of this – their legs lost support in the mud and sent the ball high above the door.
The main character was former Ludogorets goalkeeper Milan Borian, who saved three penalties. The 1991 European champion qualifies for the playoffs, where he will compete with Swiss champion Young Boys.
All pairs that will determine the members of the group in the Champions League:
Dinamo Zagreb – Rosenborg
Cluj – Slavia (Prague)
Young Boys – Red Viper
APOEL – Ajax
LASK (Linz) – Bruges
Olympiacos – Krasnodar.