UEFA Champions League wrap: Celtic escapes through Boyata; Ajax draws

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Dedryck Boyata’s late winner has the purchase of the former Manchester City man looking even better, as Celtic netted a late win in its UEFA Champions League first leg against Qarabag.

The Azerbaijani champions nearly walked out of Celtic Park with a deadlock, but Boyata’s second goal in as many games did the trick for the Scottish powers. The 24-year-old defender also scored in the last round’s first leg versus Stjarnan.

The second leg is Wednesday back in Azerbaijan.

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The highest-profile match pitted Rapid Vienna against Ajax, and the Dutch side’s two away goals give it an advantage despite a deadlock in Austria.

Davy Klaassen scored both Ajax goals before halftime, but Rapid Vienna rallied to score in the 48th minute before tying it in the 75th despite being down to 10 men after a 58th minute straight red to Stefan Schwab.

Other first legs

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Salzburg’s Benno Schmitz (L) stops a ball watched by Felipe Carvalho of Malmo (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

HJK Helsinki 0-0 Astana
Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 Malmo
Steaua Bucharest 1-1 Partizan Belgrade
Lech Poznan 1-3 FC Basel
CSKA Moscow 2-2 Sparta Prague
Midtjylland 1-2 Apoel Nicosia
Milsami Orhei 0-2 Skenderbeu Korce
Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-2 Viktoria Plzen
Fenerbahce 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Panathinaikos 2-1 Club Brugge
BSC Young Boys 1-3 AS Monaco
Videoton 1-1 BATE Borisov
Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Molde