Schalke on thin ice; Basle win

A review of Wednesday night's action in the Champions League play-offs, as PAOK Thessaloniki hold the edge over Schalke.

Last Updated: 21/08/13 at 22:21 Post Comment

Schalke show their disappointment after a 1-1 draw with PAOK Salonika

Schalke show their disappointment after a 1-1 draw with PAOK Salonika

The advantage is with PAOK Thessaloniki in their Champions League play-off with Schalke following a 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday night.

The Germans had gone 1-0 up just after the half-hour mark when Jefferson Farfan guided a shot in off the post.

But the Greek side will head into the second leg on home soil in the box seat after Miroslav Stoch's 73rd-minute strike restored parity and also earned them a crucial away goal.

The outcome was the same in Steaua Bucharest's home clash against Legia Warsaw.

Federico Piovaccari put Steaua ahead in the first half by hoisting a bouncing ball over advancing goalkeeper Dusan Kuciak, with Jakub Kosecki then making it 1-1 by sweeping in an equaliser after the break.

A 2-0 away win put Austria Vienna firmly in the driving seat of their tie against Dinamo Zagreb, Marin Leovac and Marko Stankovic providing the goals in the final 22 minutes of the contest.

In between those strikes, Dinamo were reduced to 10 men, with Ante Rukavina being sent off.

Basle also look very much in control of their play-off having triumphed 4-2 at Ludogorets Razgrad.

The home side had come from behind to lead 2-1 thanks to goals from Marcelinho, who cancelled out Mohamed Salah's opener, and Ivan Stoyanov.

But Salah then brought things level once more and a Giovanni Sio finish and Fabian Schar penalty - awarded for a foul that earned Junior Caicara a red card - subsequently wrapped up the victory for Basle.

Arsenal's place in the group stage looks all but assured after they secured a 3-0 away victory against Fenerbahce.

The Gunners claimed their first goal six minutes into the second half when Kieran Gibbs turned the ball in from Theo Walcott's low cross.

Thirteen minutes later Aaron Ramsey added another, drilling an effort from outside the box that goalkeeper Volkan Demirel made a hash of trying to keep out.

Walcott was then bundled over in the area by Michal Kadlec and Olivier Giroud converted the resulting penalty on 77 minutes.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Champions League: Emergency keeper sends Ludogorets through to group stage

Emergency keeper Cosmin Moti saved two penalties as Bulgarians Ludogorets Razgrad made the Champions League group stage.

Arsene Wenger confirms injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out until New Year

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to play again this year after having surgery on his injured ankle.

Villa and QPR shocked, Leeds lose

Aston Villa were shocked 1-0 at home by Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup second round, while QPR lost at Burton and Bradford beat Leeds.

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property