Legia Warsaw (1-1) Steaua Bucharest The tour leg on National Arena went pretty well for the team in Romania to a point. Although Reghecampf’s players seemed to be at the helm of the game, everything balance upon conceded the equalizer, when witnessed at a psychotic breakdown of Steaua players, who from that moment seemed no longer able to complete offensive phases as should. We are inclined towards a qualification for Steaua, although it will be very difficult to obtain it.
Austria Vienna (2-0) Dinamo Zagreb First match was won by Vienna outfit without too much trouble. A reassuring 2-0, two goals coming in the end of the game (minutes 68 and 75), a result that gives high hopes to Nenad Bjelica’s footballer. It’s hard to believe that the fate of qualification can be twisted.
FC Basel (4-2) Ludogorets The same situation is this duel, qualification was largely played. Basel came back from 2-1 down, managing to score 3 goals in the second half and to secure tickets in the Champions League groups.
PAOK (1-1) Schalke 04 Here we have a situation similar to that of Steaua. Best ranked team to qualify failed to get a positive result at home. The Germans managed to score only once after 10 shots sent on goal and 4 shots wide. With possession lower than 36%, the Greeks still managed to shoot 5 times on goal, another 3 attempts passing near the target. It will be an interesting duel, both teams keeping real chances of qualification to the final whistle of the match.
Arsenal (3-0) Fenerbahce Arsene Wenger played bold from the first round. Although many put their questions about the outcome from Turkey, given that Arsenal was decimated by injuries, the French tactician was able to manage very well that game and get a result more than reassuring. An advantage of 3 goals before the game from the Emirates put the Gunners with one foot in the Champions League groups for the 16th time in a row. We all know that there are miracles in football, but a qualification of Fener would make us to assist to one of them.