Pedro Martins’ Olympiacos, Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros qualified for the Champions League group stage this Tuesday, after removing Omonia, Gent and Molde respectively in the play-off.
On the path of the champions, the Greeks of Olympiacos presented themselves in Cyprus with two goals of advantage, which were never in danger, because the Hellenicians were stronger again.
With the Portuguese José Sá and Rúben Semedo in the eleven, and Cafú already entering the discounts, the Greek champions imposed themselves on the team of Vítor Gomes – Kiko did not leave the bench – with the first leg goals, of the French Mathieu Valbuena, at 69, penalty, and Moroccan Youseff El Arabi, at 90 + 2.
After the 3-3 draw in Norway, where he was winning 2-0 and in the end rescued the tie, Ferencváros received in Hungary Molde, in a tie that ended in a draw, this time 0-0, earning him the goals out.
On the way to the champions, the Ukrainians of Dynamo Kiev had to manage the 2-1 advantage won in Belgium at Gent’s house, who again had no arguments for the team now led by the Romanian Mircea Lucescu, who prevailed by indisputable 3-0 .
After nine minutes, Vitalii Buyalskyi, in a heel deviation in the small area, reinforced the trend of the tie.
The rest happened with kicks from the penalty spot, at 36, by Carlos de Pena, and at 49, by the Luxembourgish Gerson Rodrigues, born in Portugal, which resulted in the 3-0.
On Wednesday, the Greeks of PAOK, led by Abel Ferreira and who removed Benfica in the previous round, will try to reverse at home the 2-1 defeat suffered on the grounds of the Russians of Krasnodar, executioners of FC Porto last season.
The Salzburgers aim to confirm their 2-1 win at the Maccabi Tel Aviv Israelis’ home ground, while the Slavia Prague Czechs will try to counter the 0-0 draw against the Midtjylland Danes.
The draw for the group stage, which enters FC Porto, takes place on Thursday.