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Champions League wrap: Third round ties set

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The early battlers of the UEFA Champions League are two rounds from the group stage following Wednesday’s second qualifying round second legs.

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Check the scorers, and the third round slate, below:

HJK Helsinki 2-1 (2-3 agg.) Red Star Belgrade

A win for the Finnish hosts wasn’t enough to outlast the favorites, as Dusan Jovancic’s 56th minute goal made the difference over two legs.

AIK 3-2 (4-4 agg) Maribor

The thriller of the round saw Per Karlsson and Sebastian Larsson sandwich goals around Andrej Kotnik’s to force extra time in Sweden.

Tarik Elyounoussi’s 93rd minute marker looked set to be enough for AIK to squeeze into the next round, but Alexandru Cretu scored three minutes from time to push Maribor through on away goals.

Qarabag 3-0 (4-1 agg.) Dundalk

Former Udinese and Cordoba strike Jaime Romero scored twice as Qarabag had little need for the away goal it secured in Ireland.

Rosenborg 2-0 (3-2 agg.) BATE Borisov

Down 2-1 after one leg, Pal Andre Helland and Alexander Soderlund struck twice in the final 20 minutes to send the Norwegians into a meeting with Maribor.

Copenhagen 1-0 (3-0 agg.) The New Saints

The Welsh visitors fought hard, but couldn’t overcome a 2-0 deficit and saw the result salted away by Greek international Zeca’s 52nd minute tally.

UCL third qualifying round (Aug. 6-7 and 12-13)
CFR Cluj v. Celtic
APOEL Nicosia v. Qarabag
PAOK v. Ajax
Dinamo Zagreb v. Ferencvaros
Red Star Belgrade v. Copenhagen
Maribor v. Rosenborg
Istanbul Basaksehir v. Olympiacos
Krasnodar v. Porto
Club Brugge v. Dynamo Kiev
Basel v. LASK

Sunderland 0-2 Swansea City: Swans edge closer to survival

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  • Llorente, Naughton score for Swans
  • Swansea four points above drop zone
  • Sunderland lose Denayer, Anichebe to injury

Swansea City secured a vital victory in their battle against relegation as they beat already relegated Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

First half goals from Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton sent Paul Clement‘s men four points clear of the relegation zone with one game remaining and that means Hull City must beat Crystal Palace on Sunday otherwise the Tigers are all but down due to their vastly inferior goal difference.

With the win the Swans move level on 16th place Crystal Palace with 38 points, while Sunderland remain bottom of the table on 24 points.

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Sunderland started well and Javier Manquillo caused problems after being found by Jermain Defoe but Martin Olsson cleared.

The Swans soon settled and took the lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s free kick into the box caused havoc with Llorente, John O'Shea and Jordan Pickford all challenging for the ball and it hit Llorente and went in. 1-0 to Swansea.

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Sunderland were forced into a change before the break with Jason Denayer limping off and Darron Gibson coming on in his place, and going behind knocked the stuffing out of the Black Cats.

Fabio Borini whipped in a dangerous cross and moments later Billy Jones popped up but his header was off target. Jermain Defoe had a half chance but Lukasz Fabianski saved and before half time Victor Anichebe was forced off with a hamstring injury as Wahbi Khazri came on.

Right on half time Naughton made it 2-0 with a fine strike into the top corner from the right back. What a strike for his first-ever Premier League goal and his first goal in over six years.

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Sunderland just couldn’t get going as their final home game in the Premier League for at least 12 months failed to deliver many positive moments.

Sebastian Larsson‘s free kick slammed into the wall and appeared to hit Sigurdsson’s arm but referee Andre Marriner waved the penalty kick calls away.

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Late on Sunderland kept pushing forward and Larsson’s corner kick almost crept in directly and a scuffle ensued as Khazri appeared to catch Sigurdsson, but the Swans held on and have given themselves a great chance of survival.

Sunderland 0-0 Burnley: Not much to see at Stadium of Light

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  • Burnley winless on road
  • Clarets move 8 points clear of drop
  • Sunderland 7 back of safety

Sunderland got its first home point in four tries, but won’t pleased with a scoreless draw against visiting Burnley at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Burnley had the better of possession, but the Black Cats would’ve liked to see one of their match-high five shots on target beat Tom Heaton.

The Black Cats remain 20th with 20 points, while Burnley sits 12th with 32 points.

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George Boyd flubbed a chance to put Burnley ahead early, or at least test Jordan Pickford, but the Clarets were better out of the gates.

Ultimately, the miserly half found Sunderland hitting two of just three combined shots on target.

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Burnley felt it had a shout for a penalty after a sloppy fight for the ball inside the 18, and Sunderland nearly added insult to injury on the counter attack.

Billy Jones dove low to head Sebastian Larsson‘s terrific cross just wide of the far post after a bit of solid hold-up play from Adnan Januzaj.

A back pass gaffe nearly put Burnley in front, but Jordan Pickford bailed Sunderland out when he palmed away Sam Vokes‘ effort.

Sunderland 0-4 Southampton: Italian ace Gabbiadini keeps paying dividends

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  • Black Cats shotless through 65
  • Saints shoot up to 11th
  • Gabbiadini three goals in two

Manolo Gabbiadini scored a first half brace as Southampton got a much-needed blowout win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The 4-0 result was the opposite of what Sunderland scooped over Crystal Palace last week, as the Black Cats are last in the Premier League table with 19 points.

Saints entered the day with a chance at falling into the relegation mix, but now have 30 points and sit 11th after a Jason Denayer own goal and Shane Long tally met Gabbiadini’s brace on the scoresheet.

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Adnan Januzaj saw a promising sixth minute shot deflected out for a corner, but Saints cleared the danger from Sebastian Larsson.

Southampton found its footing as the half wore on, and Gabbiadini was awarded his second goal when Nathan Redmond’s cross deflected home off his arm.

The second was not controversial, as Gabbiadini beat Vito Mannone with a classy finish after taking care of Jason Denayer with quickness.

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It took more than an hour for Sunderland to put a shot on target, when Didier Ndong hit a shot directly to Fraser Forster.

Denayer then turned a goal into his own net before Long nabbed a late insurance marker to make it 4-0.

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland: Gray hat trick drubs Black Cats

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  • Gray nets hat trick
  • Barnes adds PK
  • Defoe ruins clean sheet

Andre Gray and Burnley emphatically defeated Sunderland to move nine points clear of the drop zone with a 4-1 win at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Ashley Barnes added a penalty as Burnley moved to 23 points.

Jermain Defoe scored a consolation goal for Sunderland, which remains 18th with 14 points.

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Burnley had some early chances, with Ashley Barnes tempting goal even before his mate atop the 4-4-2 found the back of the goal.

Gray hit his shot through Vito Mannone, whose arm merely got a piece of the ball after John O'Shea and Papy Djilobodji both went for a 50-50 long ball with Barnes, allowing Gray unfettered access to the Sunderland goal.

 

Gray made it 2-0 after the break, busting through Djilobodji’s pullback to move around Mannone and push a long pass home. It wasn’t long before he sealed his hat trick, Burnley snaring the ball off a Steven Pienaar slip and Gray stroking home on the break.

Sebastian Larsson chopped down Canadian international Scott Arfield in the box, and Barnes converted the PK to make it 4-0.

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Defoe pulled one back for Sunderland in the 71st minute off an inch-perfect feed from Adnan Januzaj.

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