UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds: Celtic, Helsinki on front foot


Celtic is on the verge of advancing in the UEFA Champions League after a 2-0 win over visiting Stjarnan in Glasgow on Wednesday.

The Scottish club has a two-goal advantage without conceding at home, as former Man City center back Dedryck Boyata and Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen scored for the Bhoys.

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Several UCL group stage contenders may not make it to the next round after disappointing home legs. BATE Borisov gave up an away goal to Dundalk, while Ludogorts Razgard trails 1-0 to Milsami Orhei.

After second legs next week, it’s on to the third qualifying round, and then a playoff round in which Sporting CP, Lazio, Manchester United, Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen join the fray.

Qarabag 0-0 Rudar Pljevlja
Malmo 0-0 Zalgiris
BATE Borisov 2-1 Dundalk
Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Fola Esch
Skenderbeu Korce 4-1 Crusaders
The New Saints 0-1 Videoton
FK Ventspils 1-3 HJK Helsinki
Apoel Nicosia 0-0 Vardar
FC Midtjylland 1-0 Lincoln Red Imps
Ludogorets Razgrad 0-1 Milsami Orhei
Hibernians 2-1 Maccabi Tel Aviv