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Live, UCL: Celtic, Red Star, Dundalk in qualifying action

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The second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League continues on Wednesday, as the first legs kick off across Europe.

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Scottish champions Celtic should get through a tricky test against Nomme from Estonia, while Cluj host Maccabi Tel-Aviv in what should be an intriguing clash.

Red Star Belgrade, who beat Liverpool in the group stage last season, face HJK Helsinki, while Irish champions Dundalk play Azerbaijan champs Qarabag.

Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s games, with the second legs played next week. Click on the link above to follow all of the action live.


UCL second qualifying round, first leg – Wednesday, July 24

BATE v. Rosenborg – 1 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv – 2 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta – 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK – 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK – 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag – 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju – 2:45 p.m. ET

Europa League: Zlatan leads Manchester United; Dundalk, Zenit win

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A 68th minute Zlatan Ibrahimovic header spurred Manchester United past visiting Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk X-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday in UEFA Europa League play.

United is a point behind Fenerbahce in Group A, level on points with Feyenoord but would sit behind them on head-to-head tiebreakers.

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Marcus Rashford hammered a Paul Pogba flick off the goal post moments after Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a chance of his own, and Manchester United was rampant.

United was in control all half long, and even strings of passes were rare for Zorya. But the match remained 0-0.

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Funny thing, though, as Zorya really started to find some chances by crossing from wide positions as the second half got moving at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils got back on track with about 35 minutes to go, and it began to feel like the first half, that a goal was inevitable. Timothy Fosu-Mensah cut back for Wayne Rooney, who mishit a side volley directly to the back post. There, Ibrahimovic leapt to take advantage of baffled Zorya keeper Oleksiy Shevchenko, heading it over the line.

The Red Devils gave away a dangerous free kick with 12 minutes to play, but Jaba Lipartia hit his left-footed attempt over the bar.

Dundalk 1–0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Semi-pro side Dundalk became the first Irish team to claim a point in European play on the last match day, so it stands to reason the defeat of visiting Maccabi Tel-Aviv is the first win in Irish history. Big striker Ciaran Kilduff scored the goal that kept Dundalk second in Group D, two points behind Zenit Saint Petersburg. Dundalk is off to Zenit on Oct. 20.

Zenit Saint Petersburg 5-0 AZ Alkmaar

Speaking of Zenit, they didn’t just beat AZ, the Russians cruised past their Dutch visitors with five different goal scorers netting in the win.

Elsewhere
Saint-Etienne 1–1 Anderlecht
Genk 3–1 Sassuolo
Olympiacos 0–1 Apoel Nicosia
Fenerbahce 1–0 Feyenoord
Athletic Bilbao 1–0 Rapid Wien
Austria Wien 0–0 Viktoria Plzen
Zenit Saint-Petersburg 5–0 AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma 4–0 Astra Giurgiu