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.

UEFA Champions League Play-offs : First leg results – Liverpool, CSKA Moscow win; Copenhagen lose

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.

    Harder, Marozsan and Martens up for UEFA women’s player of the year

    Denmark’s Pernille Harder, Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan and the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens make up the shortlist for Uefa’s Women’s Player of 2016-17 award.

    England striker Jodie Taylor and right-back Lucy Bronze were named in the top 10, but missed out on the top three, voted for by coaches and journalists.

    The annual award, which began in 2012-13, is yet to see a British player included in the final shortlist.

    The overall winner will be announced on Thursday, 24 August.

    New Barcelona winger Martens, 24, was a key part of the Netherlands side that won Women’s Euro 2017, beating Denmark – captained by Wolfsburg’s 24-year-old forward Harder – in the final.

    Midfielder Marozsan, 25, who helped French side Lyon retain the Women’s Champions League in Cardiff in June, is in the top three for the third consecutive year.

    Bronze and Arsenal’s Taylor, who finished as the top scorer in the Euros with five goals, are joined in the top 10 by new Gunners striker Vivianne Miedema and Liverpool winger Shanice van de Sanden – both of the Netherlands.

    Norway and Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg won the award in 2015-16.

    The players who make up the rest of the top ten are:

    4: Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands, Bayern München and Arsenal)

    5: Eugénie Le Sommer (France, Lyon)

    6: Wendie Renard (France, Lyon)

    7: Jackie Groenen (Netherlands, FFC Frankfurt)

    8: Lucy Bronze (England, Manchester City) 9: Jodie Taylor (England, Arsenal)

    10: Shanice van de Sanden (Netherlands, Liverpool)

    Previous winners of the award:

    2012/13 ─ Nadine Angerer (Germany, FFC Frankfurt)

    2013/14 ─ Nadine Kessler (Germany, Wolfsburg)

    2014/15 ─ Célia Šašić (Germany, FFC Frankfurt)

    2016/17 ─ Ada Hegerberg (Norway, Lyon)

    Ronaldo, Messi, Buffon up for UEFA Player of the year

    Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three shortlisted players for the UEFA Player of the Year award.

    Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Buffon, Argentina and Barcelona striker Messi and Portugal and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo were chosen by a jury of 80 coaches and 55 journalists.

    Messi and Ronaldo have won the award twice – Ronaldo winning last season.

    Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) and Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) the only other players to receive it.

    The award, which was created in 2011, will be presented at the Champions League group stage draw on Aug. 24, with Real Madrid star Ronaldo the favourite to win it for the third time in four years after his outstanding performances helped Los Blancos to become the first club to retain the trophy.

    Ronaldo scored five goals in the quarterfinal victory over Bayern Munich, with a hat trick in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

    He scored another treble in the first leg of the semi against Atletico Madrid, and two goals in the final success over Juventus.

    Messi scored 54 goals for his club but Barcelona only had the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey to show for their efforts.

    Buffon would be a popular choice, but the 39-year-old would have been better positioned had Juventus beaten Madrid in the Champions League final.

    Juventus did complete the Italian Double.

    The players who make up the rest of the top 10 are:

    4: Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)

    5: Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)

    6: Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus)

    7: Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)

    8: Kylian Mbappe (France, Monaco)

    9: Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)

    10: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United)

    The UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award complements four new positional UEFA Champions League awards, which will crown the best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward of the 2016/17 Champions League season.

    These awards will also be presented during the group stage draw on 24 August.

    The following day, the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award will be presented at the competition’s 2017/18 group stage draw in Monaco.

    Three players, all from last season’s title-winners Manchester United, have been shortlisted – Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.

    UEFA Super Cup- Real Madrid beat Manchester United to retain Super Cup title

    Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United

    Real Madrid lifted a second successive UEFA Super Cup after a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in Macedonia.

    In the battle of last season’s European trophy winners, it was the Champions League holders who took the lead with Casemiro opening the scoring in the 24th minute.

    Zinedine Zidane’s side doubled their lead in the 53rd minute through Isco and were in total control until Romelu Lukau pulled one back for the Europa League winners.

    United rallied late on with substitute Marcus Rashford denied by Keylor Navas and it was Real who held on to become the first team to win successive UEFA Super Cups since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.

    Real coach Zinedine Zidane called Mourinho’s bluff by playing Gareth Bale 24 hours after the Manchester United manager had suggested bidding for the Wales star if he was left out of the line-up —

    and Zidane won just about every other battle on the night as well.

    UEFA hit Manchester United defender Eric Bailly with additional two-game ban- set tp miss Real Madrid Super Cup clash


    Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League.

    The 23-year-old was sent off after a  mass brawl in the semi-final on 11 May and missed the final against Ajax, which United won 2-0.

    However, the suspension has now been extended to include two more games.

    Bailly will miss the Super Cup against Real Madrid on 8 August and United’s first Champions League group match.

    The Ivory Coast international’s case does not qualify for an appeal because European football’s governing body Uefa only overturns decisions made by the referee in cases of mistaken identity.

    Bailly was sent off for a swipe at Celta’s former Manchester City striker John Guidetti, with Facundo Roncaglia dismissed for retaliating.

    The Premier League club also received a warning from Uefa for a late kick-off to the semi-final.

    Real Madrid top, but Atletico overtake Bayern and Barcelona to second in latest UEFA ranking

    Atletico Madrid have overtaken Barcelona and Bayern Munich to move into second place in the UEFA rankings for club competitions.

    The latest official list published ahead of the 2017-18 season sees Atletico with a coefficient of 133.799, putting them ahead of third-placed Barca (128.7990), fourth-placed Bayern (122.656) and fifth-placed Juventus (119.049).

    Real Madrid, who beat Atletico in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, as well as retaining the trophy by defeating Juve 4-1 in the 2017 decider, top the table with a coefficient of 151.799.

    When Diego Simeone took charge of Atletico during the 2011-12 campaign, the club were down in 23rd place in the rankings — between CSKA Moscow and Marseille — but they have climbed steadily each year since due to their success in that season’s Europa League, followed by consistently reaching the latter stages of the Champions League each year since.

    “Atletico Madrid has climbed to second place of the ranking of European clubs that UEFA elaborates,” a club statement read.
    Our scores of the last five seasons are: in the campaign 2013/14 we accumulated 37,600, 26,042 in 2014/15, 32,785 in 2015/16 and 33,028 in 2016/17.

    “In addition, our team starts next season with 4,342 points since it has qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. We need to remember that in the last four seasons, our team has reached two Champions League finals, a semi-final and a few quarter-finals. In addition, for the first time in our history, Simeone’s squad will play for the fifth consecutive season in the continental showpiece.”
    The highest ranked Premier League club in the latest UEFA standings is Manchester City — who sit ninth [94.363], ahead of Arsenal (11th – 84.363), Chelsea (13th – 80.363), Manchester United (16th – 78.363), Tottenham (22nd – 62.363) and Liverpool (35th – 44.363). When Simeone took over Atletico English clubs were much higher — United were then second, Chelsea third, Arsenal sixth and Liverpool 11th.
    Other clubs to rise during recent years include current leaders Madrid [who were seventh back in 2011], Juventus (up from 43rd to fifth), Sevilla (up from 11th to sixth) and Paris Saint-Germain (up from 38th to seventh).

    Significant fallers have been Inter Milan (ninth, down to 59th), AC Milan (10th to 58th) and Valencia (15th to 30th).

    The club coefficient rankings are based on the results of clubs competing in the five previous seasons of the Champions League and Europa League. The rankings determine the seeding of each club in all UEFA competition draws.
    Clubs Country Pts

    1 Real Madrid CF ESP 151.799

    2 Club Atlético de Madrid ESP 133.799

    3 FC Barcelona ESP 128.799

    4 FC Bayern München GER 122.656

    5 Juventus ITA 119.049

    6 Sevilla FC ESP 109.799

    7 Paris Saint-Germain FRA 103.249

    8 Borussia Dortmund GER 95.656

    9 Manchester City FC ENG 94.363

    10 SL Benfica POR 87.783

    11 Arsenal FC ENG 84.363

    12 FC Porto POR 80.783

    13 Chelsea FC ENG 80.363

    14 SSC Napoli ITA 80.049

    15 Bayer 04 Leverkusen GER 78.656

    16 Manchester United FC ENG 78.363

    17 FC Schalke 04 GER 74.656

    18 FC Shakhtar Donetsk UKR 72.786

    19 FC Zenit RUS 72.316

    20 ACF Fiorentina ITA 66.049

    21 AS Monaco FC FRA 64.249

    22 Tottenham Hotspur FC ENG 62.363

    23 Villarreal CF ESP 61.799

    24 FC Basel 1893 SUI 60.900

    25 AFC Ajax NED 57.529

    26 FC Dynamo Kyiv UKR 56.786

    27 AS Roma ITA 55.049

    28 Olympique Lyonnais FRA 54.749

    29 Athletic Club ESP 53.799

    30 Valencia CF ESP 53.799

    31 Olympiacos FC GRE 53.700

    32 RSC Anderlecht BEL 53.340

    33 VfL Wolfsburg GER 52.656

    34 Beşiktaş JK TUR 47.960

    35 Liverpool FC ENG 44.363

    36 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach GER 41.656

    37 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk UKR 40.786

    38 PSV Eindhoven NED 40.529

    39 FC Salzburg AUT 39.195

    40 AC Sparta Praha CZE 38.435

    41 RC Celta de Vigo ESP 36.799

    42 PFC CSKA Moskva RUS 36.316

    43 SS Lazio ITA 36.049

    44 Club Brugge KV BEL 35.340

    45 Galatasaray AŞ TUR 34.960

    46 Leicester City FC ENG 34.363

    47 KRC Genk BEL 34.340

    48 AS Saint-Étienne FRA 33.749

    49 KAA Gent BEL 33.340

    50 PFC Ludogorets 1945 BUL 33.200

    51 PAOK FC GRE 32.700

    52 FC København DEN 31.340

    53 Sporting Clube de Portugal POR 30.783

    54 AZ Alkmaar NED 30.529

    55 FC Krasnodar RUS 30.316

    56 Real Betis Balompié ESP 29.799

    57 SC Braga POR 29.283

    58 AC Milan ITA 28.049

    59 FC Internazionale Milano ITA 28.049

    60 Fenerbahçe SK TUR 27.960

    61 Legia Warszawa POL 26.650

    62 Everton FC ENG 26.363

    63 SK Rapid Wien AUT 26.195

    64 Celtic FC SCO 25.975

    65 Torino FC ITA 25.049

    66 Feyenoord NED 25.029

    67 FC Viktoria Plzeň CZE 24.935

    68 Eintracht Frankfurt GER 24.656

    69 FC Rubin RUS 24.316

    70 FC Dinamo Moskva RUS 24.316

    71 Real Sociedad de Fútbol ESP 24.299

    72 APOEL FC CYP 24.085

    73 Trabzonspor AŞ TUR 23.960

    74 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC ISR 22.925

    75 Olympique de Marseille FRA 22.249

    76 FCSB ROU 22.010

    77 FC Slovan Liberec CZE 21.935

    78 FC Rostov RUS 21.816

    79 1. FSV Mainz 05 GER 20.656

    80 BSC Young Boys SUI 20.400

    81 GNK Dinamo Zagreb CRO 20.275

    82 Southampton FC ENG 19.863

    83 R. Standard de Liège BEL 19.840

    84 FC BATE Borisov BLR 19.700

    85 FC Augsburg GER 19.656

    86 Swansea City AFC ENG 19.363

    87 FC Lokomotiv Moskva RUS 18.816

    88 FC Anji RUS 18.316

    89 EA Guingamp FRA 18.249

    90 SC Freiburg GER 17.656

    91 Qarabağ FK AZE 17.650

    92 NK Maribor SVN 17.650

    93 FC Zürich SUI 16.900

    94 FC Astana KAZ 16.750

    95 FK Austria Wien AUT 16.695

    96 RB Leipzig GER 16.656

    97 FC Astra Giurgiu ROU 16.510

    98 Wigan Athletic FC ENG 16.363

    99 Malmö FF SWE 16.095

    100 US Sassuolo Calcio ITA 16.049

    101 FC Chornomorets Odesa UKR 15.786

    102 Molde FK NOR 15.360

    103 FC Girondins de Bordeaux FRA 15.249

    104 West Ham United FC ENG 14.863

    105 FC Spartak Moskva RUS 14.816

    106 Estoril Praia POR 14.783

    107 HNK Rijeka CRO 14.775

    108 OGC Nice FRA 14.749

    109 FC Midtjylland DEN 14.340

    110 KSC Lokeren OV BEL  14.340