Champions League qualification roundup: Ludogorets tops Red Star in extra time

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There were a few recognizable names in Champions League action Tuesday as the third qualifying round continues. There were five matches, all second legs that sent teams into the playoff round, a win away from the group stage.

The most entertaining matchup finished after extra time, with Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad moving on past Serbian giants Red Star Blegrade 6-4 on aggregate after scoring a pair of goals in the added half-hour. The two sides had drawn 2-2 in Bulgaria, so Ludogorets had work to do on the road to move on.

The visitors took a 2-1 lead at halftime thanks to a goal from Brazilian attacker Wanderson (pictured). They coughed that lead up on the hour mark, with Red Star forcing extra time, but Wanderson bagged a pair past full time to reach a hat-trick and send Ludogorets through.

Cypriot side APOEL also displayed the fireworks, coming back from a 2-1 road defeat to Rosenberg in Norway with a 3-0 triumph back home to advance, with all three goals scored in injury time. Greek winger Giannis Gianniotas scored the important one a minute into the added minutes, with Vander Vieira and Tomás De Vincenti bagging the rest in the sixth and ninth minutes of stoppage time respectively.

Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb cruised past Georgia’s Dinamo Tbilisi 3-0 on aggregate with a 1-0 second leg win, with an eighth-minute goal from Croatian international Marko Rog all they needed to ease through.

Last season’s Czech league champions Viktoria Plzen topped Azerbaijani winners Qarabag 1-1 on away goals, with a 1-1 second leg draw in Azerbaijan. It seemed Qarabag would move on, up 1-0 late, but an 85th minute goal from 23-year-old Michal Krmenčík gave the Czechs the advantage.

Finally, Irish side Dundalk surprised Belarusian champs BATE Borisov with a 3-0 thumping in Dublin, seeing Dundalk through despite a 1-0 first leg loss. Irish striker David McMillan bagged the important brace with goals on either side of halftime.

The rest of the second legs will finish on Wednesday, with Young Boys hosting Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax visiting PAOK, and Monaco welcoming Fenerbahce, among others.