PSV Eindhoven took a very serious option on qualifying by outclassing Galatasaray (5-1) at home on Wednesday in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Olympiacos de Valbuena defeated Neftchi Baku (1-0).
Galatasaray could well live his second consecutive season without the Champions League. It is even a virtual certainty, since the Turkish club was outclassed by PSV Eindhoven this Wednesday evening in the first leg of the second qualifying round (5-1).
In the poster of this preliminary round, the Dutch crushed the Turks thanks to a hat-trick from Israeli Eran Zahavi and a brace from former German international Mario Götze, while Emre Kilinc had closed the gap for the Istanbulites . Barring an incredible turnaround, Eindhoven will challenge the winner of the Celtic Glagow-Midtjylland duel, whose first leg ended 1-1 on Tuesday.
Olympiacos also won against the Azerbaijanis of Neftchi Baku (1-0), Mady Camara nicely scoring the only goal of the match, on a service from Mathieu Valbuena, before being excluded. Baku also finished the game at ten after the red card received by Mert Celik. Valbuena started the game on the bench but came on after just 18 minutes to replace injured Andreas Bouchalakis.
On Tuesday, Rapid Vienna took an advantage in preparation for qualifying by winning 2-1 at home against Sparta Prague. The winner of the double confrontation will face AS Monaco in the third round. The return matches will be played next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The results of the first leg of the 2nd qualifying round on Wednesday:
Kairat Almaty (KAZ) – Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 2 – 1
Malmö (SWE) – HJK Helsinki (FIN) 2 – 1
NS Mura (SLO) – Ludogorets (BUL) 0 – 0
Slovan Bratislava (SVK) – Young Boys (SUI) 0 – 0
Olympiacos (GRE) – Neftchi Baku (AZE) 1 – 0
Legia Warsaw (POL) – Flora (EST) 2 – 1
PSV Eindhoven (NED) – Galatasaray (TUR) 5 – 1
The matches played on Tuesday:
Alashkert (ARM) – Sheriff Limassol (MOL) 0 – 1
Lincoln (GIB) – CFR Cluj (ROM) 1 – 2
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – Omonia Nicosia (CHY) 2 – 0
Ferencvaros (HUN) – Zalgiris Vilnius (LTU) 2 – 0
Rapid Vienna (AUT) – Sparta Prague (CZE) 2 – 1
Celtic Glasgow (SCO) – FC Midtjylland (DEN) 1 – 1