Aug 25, 2016

    Celtic hold on to advance, Porto dismiss Roma


    SCOTTISH champions Celtic withstood a furious fightback from Hapoel Beer-Sheva to reach the Champions League group stage on Tuesday despite a 2-0 defeat in Israel while Porto beat nine-man Roma 3-0 to advance.

    Leading 5-2 from last week's first play-off leg in Glasgow, Celtic were made to sweat in the Israeli desert with goals from Ben Sahar and Ovidiu Hoban setting up a nervy finish.

    However, Brendan Rodgers' side held on to progress 5-4 on aggregate and qualify for the group stage for the first time in three seasons.

    Maharan Radi's first-half penalty miss proved costly for the Israeli champions.

    Joining Celtic in today's draw will be two-time former winners Porto after the Portuguese giants punished Roma for their lack of discipline in the Italian capital, after the first leg finished 1-1.

    Felipe headed Porto into an eighth-minute lead but Roma lost captain Daniele de Rossi to a straight red card before the break after a wild lunge on Maxi Pereira. Emerson Palmieri was dismissed just after half-time following another crude tackle.

    Two quick-fire goals from Mexico internationals Miguel Layun and Jesus Corona then rubberstamped Porto's place in the group stage.

    A stoppage time penalty from Fabinho handed Monaco a 3-1 aggregate victory over Villarreal, with Legia Warsaw ending the dreams of Irish champions Dundalk as a 1-1 draw sent the Polish club through 3-1 overall.

    Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria advanced 4-2 on aggregate over Viktoria Plzen, following a 2-2 draw in the Czech Republic.