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After battle tank, Red Star celebrates on armored vehicle

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) After parking a battle tank at the gates of their stadium, Red Star Belgrade fans packed into an open-top armored troop carrier with some players to mark their Champions League qualification.

The Serbian team reached the group stage of the European soccer competition for the second straight season after a 1-1 draw with Swiss champion Young Boys.

After the match, Red Star fans and players joined the late night victory parade on the streets of the Serbian capital by riding on a large armored personnel carrier.

It was not clear who provided them the vehicle.

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Champions League wrap: Canadian backstop Borjan’s Red Star advance

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There were no comebacks to be found in the second legs of the UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff round, as sides from Greece, Croatia, and Serbia found places in the group stage.

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Krasnodar 1-2 (1-6 agg.) Olympiacos

Daniil Utkin’s 10th minute goal was the first Olympiacos has allowed in 550 minutes of UCL play this season, but the Greeks responded within a minute. Youssef El-Arabi’s 11th minute marker was the first of two on the day, and Olympiacos should prove to be a challenge coming out of Pot 3.

Rosenborg 1-1 (1-3 agg.) Dinamo Zagreb

Babajide David’s 11th minute goal gave the Norwegian side hope of overturning their 2-0 away first leg, but it was the only of its eight shots on target to see the scoreboard. Amer Gojak scored with about 20 minutes to play to salt away the tie.

Red Star Belgrade 1-1 (3-3 agg.) Young Boys

Did the tank help them? Who can say?

In the catbird seat with two away goals entering the match, Red Star was happy to absorb pressure from its desperate Swiss visitors until an opportunity presented itself in the form of Aleksa Vukanovic’s header.

Young Boys would need two goals from that point, and only found one via Comoros national teamer El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane. That’s not a huge surprise, as Red Star backstop and Canadian star Milan Borjan has been steady between the sticks.

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)

Red Star Belgrade fans park battle tank at stadium

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Red Star Belgrade fans have welcomed another wartime symbol to their stadium: a real battle tank used during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia in 1990s.

The decommissioned Yugoslav army tank was parked in front of the Red Star stadium ahead of a Champions League qualifying match against Swiss champion Young Boys.

The Red Star fan club website says the tank symbolizes their slogan “Machine Has Started.” The northern stand at the stadium is reserved for the club’s most ardent supporters, known as Delije, or roughly translated the tough boys.

The stunt has triggered a strong reaction from neighboring Croatia, which fought a war for independence from the Serb-led Yugoslavia.

Croatian media say the tank is “a clear provocation” and “a scandal.”

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Champions League qualifying wrap: Thriller in Switzerland

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A day after three UEFA Champions League matches yielded just two total goals, the dam broke open across Europe.

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Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos cruised into the driver’s seat after multi-goal shutout home wins ahead next week’s second legs, while Young Boys and Red Star Belgrade thrilled in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday.

Olympiacos 4-0 Krasnodar

Lazar Randelovic scored two times in seven minutes as Olympiacos smashed open its playoff round tie with Krasnodar at Karaiskakis Stadium on Wednesday.

Miguel Guerrero and Daniel Podence also scored for the Greeks, whose lead was just 1-0 at halftime.

Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 Rosenborg

The Croatian powers got their goals in the firs half hour, with Bruno Petkovic converting an 8th minute penalty and Mislav Orsic rounding out the scoring in the 28th.

Young Boys 2-2 Red Star Belgrade

A combined 40 shots graced the Stade de Suisse in Switzerland, with the hosts taking 27 as well as an early lead. It was 1-1 after 18 minutes and the visitors took their only lead of the match in the 46th minute.

Guillaume Hoarau converted a 76th minute penalty to lower the damage heading to Serbia, and Red Star will be grateful for some fine saves coming from keeper Milan Borjan.

The Canadian backstop was very good aside from the opener, which was a 1v1 chance but also somewhat preventable.