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UCL Qualifiers: Besiktas, Zenit Through; Celtic Shocked

  • Reuters, Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:27 PM

Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba scored a hat trick on Wednesday as Besiktas beat Feyenoord, 3-1, in Istanbul to send the Turkish giant into the UEFA Champions League playoff round on the back of a 5-2 aggregate win in the two-game series.

Elsewhere, Scottish champ Celtic slumped to a humiliating 6-1 series loss to Polish club Legia Warsaw after losing 2-0 at home.

Russian giant Zenit St Petersburg also qualified for the playoffs with a 3-1 aggregate win thanks to three second half goals against brave AEL Limassol in St. Petersburg.

UCL regulars Napoli, FC Porto, Bayer Leverkusen and Arsenal all enter the fray in the final playoff round when the draw takes place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon on Friday.

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