UEFA Champions League Play-offs: First leg results – Celtic run riot on Astana; Napoli, Sevilla win

Celtic 5 – 0 FC Astana

Hapoel Beer Sheva 2 – 1 Maribor

Istanbul Basaksehir 1 – 2 Sevilla

Olympiacos 2 – 1 Rijeka

SSC Napoli 2 – 0 Nice

  • SSC Napoli 2 – 0 Nice

Napoli took a big step towards the group stages with a 2-0 home win over nine-manNice.

Dries Mertens slotted in the opener after 13 minutes before Jorginho doubled the lead with a penalty in the second half.

Lorenzo Insigne hit the woodwork for Napoli and the visitors finished with nine men as Alassane Plea was sent off for a second yellow card just after Vincent Koziello’s straight red for a dangerous tackle on Piotr Zielinski.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are now ideally placed to join Juventus and AS Roma in the group stage while Nice have it all to do in the return leg at the Allianz Riviera stadium on August 22.

  • Celtic 5 – 0 FC Astana

Celtic have one foot in the Champions League group stage after Scott Sinclair’s double inspired a 5-0 thrashing of Astana in the first leg of their play-off round tie on Wednesday.

Tom Rogic created the opener when he drove into the box and lifted a ball into the area that Evgeni Postnikov could only divert into his own net.

Sinclair raced clear to add the second and doubled his tally after the break.

James Forrest fired the fourth before Leigh Griffiths’ shot deflected in off Igor Shitov for number five.

The sides meet again on Tuesday in Kazakhstan for the second leg, which now looks a formality for the Scottish champions, who knocked Astana out of the competition in the third qualifying round last term.

  • Istanbul Basaksehir 1 – 2 Sevilla

Sevilla also set themselves up for a place in the group stage alongside La Liga rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid by beating Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 in Turkey.

Wisam Ben Yedder picked up a back-heeled pass from Jesus Navas to net the winner six minutes from time.

Sergio Escudero opened the scoring for Sevilla after 16 minutes with Eljero Elia getting the equaliser after 64 minutes.

  • Olympiacos 2 – 1 Rijeka

Alaixys Romao scored in the third minute of added time as Olympiakos left it late to beat Rijeka 2-1.

Croatian champions Rijeka had taken a first-half lead through Brazilian striker Heber on 41 minutes.

But Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe levelled the scores in the 66th minute before Romao gave the Greek side a narrow advantage ahead of the second leg.

  • Hapoel Beer Sheva 2 – 1 Maribor

Hapoel Be’er Sheva ran out 2-1 winners against Maribor.

Marco Tavrares put visitors Maribor ahead on 10 minutes but Anthony Nwakaeme’s 12th-minute strike pulled Hapoel level and Shir Tzedek won it with a penalty in first-half stoppage time.

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