Dynamo Kyiv reach Champions League qualifiers; PSV advance

Benfica celebrates a goal scored by Enzo Fernandez during the Champions League third qualifying round second leg football match between FC Midtjylland and SL Benfica in Herning, Denmark on Tuesday August 9, 2022. (Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Benfica celebrates a goal scored by Enzo Fernandez during the Champions League third qualifying round second leg football match between FC Midtjylland and SL Benfica in Herning, Denmark on Tuesday August 9, 2022. (Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

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Dynamo Kyiv’s unlikely run to the Champions League continued with an extra-time win over Sturm Graz in the third qualifying round on Tuesday.

The Ukrainian club are now two games away from the lucrative Champions League group stage as they face Benfica over the next two weeks.

Goals from defender Kostiantyn Vivcharenko in the 97th minute and midfielder Viktor Tsyhankov in the 112th gave Dynamo a 2-1 win in Austria and a 3-1 victory on aggregate.

Dynamo’s four Champions League qualifying games in the last 20 days are the only competitive games he has played all year due to Russia’s presence in his home country. Ukrainian clubs also rely on depleted rosters with little hope of attracting players from other countries.

For the second qualifying round in a row, Dynamo needed extra time and late goals in the first leg to qualify.

The next challenge for Dynamo and veteran manager Mircea Lucescu is a home-and-away game against Benfica as they bid to join Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League group stage. Shakhtar earned their place at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League when it was dropped last season due to war.

Dynamo will host Benfica in the first leg next week in Łódź, Poland, where they will play their ‘home’ fixtures in European competition. Russian teams have been banned from UEFA and FIFA competitions.

Benfica beat Midtjylland 7-2 on aggregate with a 3-1 win at Denmark on Tuesday.

PSV Eindhoven also needed an extra-time goal from Luuk de Jong in the 109th minute to beat Monaco 3-2 in the game and 4-3 on aggregate.

Behind Monaco in the 89th minute, the 1988 European champions earned an equalizer from Érick Gutiérrez, the Mexican midfielder, to equalize at 2-2. UEFA scrapped the away goals rule last year, so Monaco did not advance as the aggregate score was 3-3 after regular time.

PSV next face Rangers, who overcame Belgian newcomer Union Saint-Gilloise’s two-goal lead in the first leg, winning 3-0 in Glasgow and 3-2 on aggregate. USA midfielder Malik Tillman scored the decisive goal with a close-range header from Borna Barišić’s cross in the 78th minute.

Union, Monaco, Sturm Graz and Midtjylland will enter the second-tier Europa League group stage instead. This draw is made on August 26.

Sheriff was knocked out on Tuesday and will not return to the group stage where his debut season began a year ago with wins over Shakhtar and eventual champions Real Madrid.

The Moldovan champion lost 2-1 at Viktoria Plzeň to lose 4-2 on aggregate against the Czech champion.

Plzeň next face Qarabağ in the playoffs after the Azerbaijani title-holder upset Ferencváros 3-1 in Budapest to advance 4-2 on aggregate.

Norwegian club Bodø/Glimt are forging a European reputation after reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League last season, and qualified for the Champions League qualifiers with a 1-1 draw in Lithuania who completed a 6-1 aggregate win over Žalgiris.

Bodø/Glimt will host Dinamo Zagreb next week after the Croatian champions’ 4-2 win at home to Ludogorets made it 6-3 on aggregate.

Ludogorets finished the game with eight players, earning three red cards starting with midfielder Dominic Yankov in the 17th minute.

Red Star Belgrade, winner of the 1991 European Cup, won 2-0 at Pyunik in Armenia for an aggregate score of 7-0

Maccabi Haifa await Red Star in the playoffs, despite losing 2-0 in Cyprus to Apollon. Maccabi won the first leg 4-0.

The domestic champions who were knocked out on Tuesday now move on to the Europa League qualifiers next week.

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