Qarabag FK 1 – 0 FC Copenhagen
APOEL Nicosia 2 – 0 Slavia Prague
Hoffenheim 1 – 2 Liverpool
Sporting CP 0 – 0 FC FCSB
Young Boys 0 – 1 CSKA Moscow
- Hoffenheim 1 – 2 Liverpool
Liverpool will take a one-goal advantage back to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie with Hoffenheim after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick and an own goal earned them a hard-fought victory in Germany.
The 18-year-old fired in a 30-yard free-kick in the 35th minute after Simon Mignolet had earlier saved a tame penalty from former Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric.
James Milner’s cross was then deflected into his own net by Havard Nordtveit in the second half, but substitute Mark Uth gave Hoffenheim a lifeline with an 87th-minute strike.
Benjamin Hubner could have even levelled the tie ahead of the return leg at Anfield on August 23, but missed a free header from close range in injury-time.
- APOEL Nicosia 2 – 0 Slavia Prague
Apoel raced out of the blocks and were out of sight within 10 minutes thanks to goals from Igor de Camargo and Efstathios Aloneftis.
Former Belgium striker De Camargo flicked home Lorenzo Ebecilio’s corner at the near post after only two minutes.
The Cypriot outfit, who were knocked out by FC Copenhagen at this stage last term, then doubled that advantage when Aloneftis superbly chipped the ball over Slavia goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka from 18 yards.
- Young Boys 0 – 1 CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow were fortunate to win their first leg against Young Boys.
The hosts were undone by a 91st-minute own goal from Kasim Adams that will send them back to Moscow needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit next week.
Adams was under no pressure when he headed the ball up in the air, then headed it again while trying to give it to his goalkeeper, but it looped over David von Ballmoos and into the net.
- Qarabag FK 1 – 0 FC Copenhagen
Azerbaijani club Qarabag FK moved closer to a first appearance in the Champions League group stage by beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 in the first leg.
Mahir Madatov scored in the 26th minute at the Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium in Baku, bundling home a rebound after Dino Ndlovu’s long-range shot hit the post.
This is the fourth time Qarabag have made it into Champions League qualifying, though they have never progressed beyond the third round.
Copenhagen have advanced from two of their six appearances in the playoffs, in 2010 and last year.
The second leg takes place on Aug. 23 in Denmark.
- Sporting CP 0 – 0 FC FCSB
Romanian side FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, managed a 0-0 draw with Sporting in Lisbon despite going down to 10 men late on after Mihai Pintilii was sent off.