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Live, UCL: Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star dream of group stage

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The UEFA Champions League playoff round second leg games kick off on Tuesday, and there are some intriguing clashes lined up across Europe.

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Trailing 2-0 from the first leg in Croatia, Rosenborg must launch a huge comeback at home against Dinamo Zagreb to make the group stage. Elsewhere, Red Star Belgrade drew 2-2 at Young Boys in a wild first leg in Switzerland, and with the addition of a military tank to the stadium for the second leg, it’s sure to be a wild night in Serbia.

Olympiacos are basically through to the group stage after they hammered FC Krasnodar 4-0 in the first leg in Greece last week but if the Russians score early, who knows what might happen…

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s games, which all kick off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Tuesday
Rosenborg v. Dinamo Zagreb (0-2)
Red Star Belgrade v. Young Boys (2-2)
FC Krasnodar v. Olympiacos (0-4)

Live, UCL: Olympiacos, Red Star in playoff action

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Three more UEFA Champions League playoff round games take place on Wednesday, as the final six places for the UCL group stage are up for grabs.

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Ajax, Club Brugge and Slavia Prague have the slight advantage after their UCL playoff first leg games away at APOEL Nicosia, LASK and CFR Cluj on Tuesday, and Wednesday’s games will be similarly tight affairs with so much on the line.

Dinamo Zagreb host Norwegian giants Rosenborg, while Swiss champions Young Boys head to Red Star Belgrade and Russian side FC Krasnodar travel to Olympiacos. It is tough to select some favorites from these games, but the three home teams will be eager to take healthy leads with them on the road for the second leg.

To get to this stage Red Star defeated FC Copenhagen on penalty kicks, while Olympiacos beat Istanbul Basaksehir, Rosenborg hammered Maribor, Krasnodar edged out Porto on away goals, Dinamo Zagreb beat Ferencvaros and Young Boys enter the competition at this stage.

In recent seasons these teams have struggled when it comes to this competition, but Red Star did beat Liverpool in the UCL group stage last season. Young Boys finished bottom of Group H behind Juventus, Man United and Valencia.

Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s games, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Wednesday
Dinamo Zagreb v. Rosenborg
Young Boys v. Red Star Belgrade
Olympiacos v. FC Krasnodar

Spartak Moscow manager releases memo to area employers

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Midweek kickoffs can draw smaller crowd numbers than weekend matches, for various reasons. One big issue is fans having to go to the stadium after work, sometimes directly from their place of employment.

Spartak Moscow is trying to combat that problem ahead of Wednesday’s 6:15 p.m. match against FC Krasnodar. A “memo” to Moscow employers from head coach Valery Karpin appeared on the Russian’s club’s website on Monday, asking that fans of the club be released from work early to allow them to attend the match.

In full, the memo reads (thanks to Google Translate and some common-sense modification):

MEMORANDUM

I am the head coach of FC Spartak Moscow, Karpin VG. I ask you let your employees ___________ attend the Spartak-Krasnodar match.

I hereby certify that the game between Spartak and Krasnodar will take place on Sept. 25 at 18:15 at Lokomotiv Stadium, and that the presence of every fan at the match is important to the team!

Sincerely,
Valery Karpin

The last sentence rings true: Spartak currently sits on top of the Russian Premier League, tied on 20 points with Zenit St. Petersburg and crosstown rival CSKA Moscow, all with identical records of six wins, two draws and one loss. Krasnodar is in fifth place, on 15 points.