This is only the qualification for the Champions League – but this football madness has already made European fans very entertaining!
FC Copenhagen – Red Star Belgrade 6: 7 i.E.
Spectacular 22 (!) Penalty saw the spectators at Telia Parken until the winner was certain with Belgrade. As the first leg ended 1: 1 (after 120 minutes), the drama began at the penalty spot.
For the Red Star, former international Marko Marin (30) is the first shooter to miss his shot at goal. Then the Dane meets Jonas Wind. After 10 miles, it's 3: 3. The shots on goal must go into extra time. Now, every shot can decide. And it's getting more and more crazy. The next four penalties go to all fencers, the next seven fall into the box.
The penalty point has long since disappeared after continuous loading. The shooters shoot from a mud hole on the door.
The eleventh contactor is Radovan Pankov for Belgrade. The ball lands in the box. Now, for Copenhagen, the first shooter is in the wind – and verballert. Goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who had already hit his penalty kick, can keep the ball out. Ironically, Wind, who plays for Copenhagen from the youngest age, misses the 22nd decisive penalty!
However: For the record, the craziness of Copenhagen penalties is far from enough. The longest shooting shoot-out in professional football took place on 23 January 2005, at the Namibia Cup: 48 penalties at KK-Palace against Civics FC (result: 17h16)!
Celtic Glasgow – CFR Cluj 3: 4
No Scotsman would be expected. Celtic Glasgow is already playing in the Champions League playoffs! The Scottish champions lose 3: 4 (0: 1) to Romania champion CFR Cluj and have to play in the Europa League group stage after the 1-1 draw in the first leg.
FC Porto – FK Krasnodar 2: 3
Like Celtic, FC Porto is already out. The 1-0 in the first leg is not enough. At home, the favorite is bathing 2: 3 against the Russian club FK Krasnodar. For the winner of the Champions League in 2004, it is very early. The Portuguese can now qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.
Ajax Amsterdam – PAOK Thessaloniki 3: 2
The Champions League semi-finalists last season tremble with a 3: 2 (1: 1) score against PAOK Thessaloniki in the playoffs (first leg 2: 2).
The Dutch were equal with a goal from Diego Biseswar (23) even 0-1 behind. But then, Dusan Tadic scored a penalty (43), after the Serb failed with a first penalty to the keeper of Salonikis, Alexandros Paschalakis (32).
Nicolas Tagliafico (79.) and again Tadic (85./Foulelfmeter) explained everything to the superior guests. Once again, Biseswar only succeeded the connection (90. + 3).
FK Karabakh Agdam – APOEL Nicosia 0: 2
First successful! Thomas Doll (53) has just passed his first test as a new coach of Apoel Nicosia,
Former coach Hannover 96 won the return leg of FK Karabach, Azerbaijan champion 2-0 (1-0). The first leg in Nicosia had lost Apoel 1: 2 and then was separated from coach Paolo Tramezzani.
Now, it's going to be hard for Doll. The next opponent is Ajax from Amsterdam …
All games and results HERE