Football CL: All first leg games of second qualifications round are over

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


First leg of the second qualifications round of UEFA Champions League is now over. Second leg games will be played on August 2 and August 3.

Selected match reports

The biggest surprise of the leg is probably Artmedia Bratislava's (also known as Artmedia Petrzalka) easy victory over Glasgow Celtic of 5 - 0. According to IFFHS' ratings, Celtic is 43rd on the list, while Slovakians are on position 200. [1]

RSC Anderlacht secured an almost certain victory in the second round, as they won 5 - 0 at home against PFC Neftchi.

Another clear favorite is Liverpool, which beat Kaunas in an away game yesterday with a final result of 1 - 3. Kaunas will have to score at least three goals at Anfield next week to stay in game.

Anorthosis made the same result against Trabzonspor, but at home, which can still give Turks realistic hope to make it up next week.

Dudelange lost at home to Rapid Vienna with 1 - 6. Strikers were on a goaling spree in the first ten minutes of the game, leaving Rapid with a steady advantage of 1 - 3. Akagündüz scored his second goal of the game in 16' for Rapid. Two more goals in the second half secured an easy home game for the Austrians.

Partizan boycotted by fans

Partizan Belgrade managed to beat Moldavian Sheriff at home, with 1 - 0, but the organized fans among 15,000 present at the stadium did not cheer for their team. Fans were protesting against the club management, as they banned any banners from the stadium. Most fans only chanted "Management out!" every few minutes.

Partizan's stadium has a capacity of 32,710 seats, but last season games avaraged only about 2000 spectators in domestic matches. There is a long standing conflict between Partizan's fans and the managament, as fans accuse the club leadership of manipulation of club's funds and favoring certain fan groups.

All results

Game Result
FC Dinamo Tbilisi - Brøndby IF 0 - 2
Dynamo Kyiv - Thun 2 - 2
Anorthosis Famagusta FC - Trabzonspor 3 - 1
R.S.C. Anderlecht - PFC Neftchi 5 - 0
Vålerenga I.F. Fotball - FC Haka 1 - 0
FBK Kaunas - Liverpool F.C. 1 - 3
F91 Dudelange - SK Rapid Wien 1 - 6
FK Partizan - FC Sheriff Tiraspol 1 - 0
Shelbourne F.C. - FC Steaua Bucureşti 0 - 0
Malmö FF - Maccabi Haifa F.C. 3 - 2
FC Artmedia Bratislava - Celtic F.C. 5 - 0
FK Rabotnicki - FC Lokomotiv Moskva 1 - 1
SK Tirana - PFC CSKA Sofia 0 - 2
Debreceni VSC - HNK Hajduk Split 3 - 0