Champions League Results: Arsenal Advance, Schalke Survive, Wien Make History
Five clubs booked passage Tuesday to the group stage of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League group phase.
Among their number were a few familiar faces—and one never seen at this stage before. Arsenal and Schalke are through again, though one club found the going a bit easier than the other, and meanwhile there's a debutant among Tuesday's five happy victors.
We here at Bleacher Report have a full roundup ready, so click through the pages for all the results.
Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce (Aggregate 5-0)
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Arsenal eased to qualification with a 2-0 victory behind two goals from Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who was also his club's standout performer. The host Gunners advanced 5-0 on aggregate.
Ramsey opened the scoring in the 25th minute, sweeping home after Lukas Podolski played a ball through the Fener defense for Theo Walcott. A defender reached the ball first but tipped it into the path of Ramsey, who made no mistake from short range.
The second goal came in the 73rd minute following a lovely move started by Santi Cazorla on the left. Gibbs, a second-half substitute for the injured Podolski, crossed for Ramsey, who finished deftly with a first-time volley.
Arsenal deserved no less against an overmatched Fenerbahce, and with Champions League football secured for a 16th straight season, the league and transfer market now come into sharper focus.
On target: 7-3
Stats via WhoScored.com
PAOK 2-3 Schalke (Aggregate 3-4)
Schalke reached the group stage for the sixth time after surviving a stiff test from Greek side PAOK Salonika. Twice the Germans were pegged back after taking the lead, only for Adam Szalai to score a dramatic 90th-minute winner.
Szalai opened the scoring in the 43rd minute, finishing from close range after Atsuto Uchida's square pass. PAOK, led by former Schalke manager Huub Stevens, equalised in the 53rd minute, with Stefanos Athanasiadis finishing first-time following Stelios Kitsiou's defence-splitting pass.
United States international midfielder Jermaine Jones saw red in the 64th minute for his second bookable offence, but Schalke went ahead again three minutes later through Julian Draxler. Kostas Katsouranis headed in a second equaliser from a free kick in the 79th minute, but Szalai settled the tie in the closing moments after good work from Draxler.
Austria Wien 2-3 Dinamo Zagreb (Aggregate 4-3)
Austria Wien reached the group stage for the first time, thanks to a late goal by Roman Kienast. They earned a 4-3 aggregate victory, despite a 2-3 defeat on the night.
Wien previously reached the third qualifying round in 2006 and 2003 and looked destined to go out again after falling behind 3-1 in the second half. The hosts actually took the lead through an own goal in the fourth minute, but Dinamo Zagreb responded with goals from Marcelo Brozovic (34'), Junior Fernandes (44') and Fatos Beqiraj 71') to take control of the tie.
Kienast, who had entered the match as a substitute in the 81st minute, scored the winner from close range in the 82nd minute after Philipp Hosiner headed across the goal.
Dinamo have reached the group stage four times, including each of the previous two seasons.
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FC Basel 2-0 Ludogorets Razgrad (Aggregate 6-2)
Fabian Frei (11') and Philipp Degen (79') scored for the Swiss champs, who had won the first leg 4-2 in Bulgaria.
Basel clinched a spot in the group stage for the fifth time.
Legia Warsaw 2-2 Steaua Bucuresti (Aggregate 3-3, Steaua advance on away goals)
Steaua Bucuresti, winners of the UEFA European Cup in 1985-86, edged into the group stage with an away-goals victory over Legia Warsaw following a 2-2 draw in Poland.
The Romanians raced into a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes through goals from Nicolae Stanciu (7') and Federico Piovaccari (9'), but Warsaw pulled one back before halftime via Miroslav Radovic. Jakub Rzezniczak scored the equaliser in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, but it was too late for Legia to find a winner.
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Five more matches are scheduled for Wednesday. All are second legs, and all kickoff times are set for 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET except where noted.
Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Paços de Ferreira (Aggregate 4-1) (kickoff 5 p.m. BST/noon ET)
AC Milan vs. PSV Eindhoven (Aggregate 1-1)
Celtic vs. Shakhter Karagandy (Aggregate 0-2)
NK Maribor vs. Viktoria Plzen (Aggregate 1-3)
Real Sociedad vs. Lyon (Aggregate 2-0)