Wednesday, 26 August 2009

[UCL] Fiorentina edge through

Fiorentina have qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the second successive season after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Sporting Lisbon, going through on the away-goals rule.

Fiorentina 1-1 Sporting Lisbon (Agg: 3-3)Following a 2-2 draw in last week's first leg in Lisbon, Sporting knew they had to score in Florence to progress.

Joao Moutinho did just that with a trademark free-kick ten minutes before the break, but the introduction of Stevan Jovetic changed the face of the game and the Montenegrin levelled soon after coming on.

The Viola were the better side after that and held on to go into the hat, alongside nine other play-off winners this week, for Thursday's group-stage draw.

Cesare Prandelli's men will also join the 22 automatic entrants including fellow Serie A sides Inter, Juventus and Milan. However, only the Rossoneri are amongst the top seeds for the draw, while both Inter and Juve are in the second pot and Fiorentina are in the third pot.

UEFA Champions League 2009-10
Play-off Round, Second Leg
Tuesday 25 August
Anderlecht 1-3 Lyon (Agg: 8-2)
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Panathinaikos (Agg: 5-2)
Debrecen 2-0 Levski Sofia (Agg: 4-1)
FC Zurich 2-1 Ventspils (Agg: 5-1)
Maccabi Haifa 3-0 Red Bull Salzburg (Agg: 5-1)
Wednesday 26 August
Apoel Nicosia 3-1 Copenhagen (Agg: 3-2)
Arsenal 3-1 Celtic (Agg: 5-1)
Fiorentina 1-1 Sporting Lisbon (Agg: ag3-3)
Olympiakos 1-0 Sheriff Tiraspol (Agg: 3-0)
Stuttgart 0-0 Timisoara (Agg: 2-0)

UEFA Champions League 2009-10
Group Stage Draw
Thursday 27 August, 1700 (UK time)
> The 32 clubs are split into four seeding pots, with one from each to be drawn into the eight groups, though no team can meet another from the same nation.
> Matchday 1 takes place on 15/16 September, with fixtures continuing on 29/30 September, 20/21 October, 3/4 November, 24/25 November and 8/9 December.
> The top two sides from each section will progress to the first knockout round, while those finishing third will enter the UEFA Europa League Round of 32.

Pot 1: Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Milan, Arsenal, Sevilla, Bayern Munich.
Pot 2: Lyon, Inter, Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Porto, AZ Alkmaar, Juventus, Rangers.
Pot 3: Olympiakos, Marseille, Dynamo Kiev, Stuttgart, Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Bordeaux, Besiktas.
Pot 4: Wolfsburg, Standard Liege, Maccabi Haifa, FC Zurich, Rubin Kazan, Unirea Urziceni, Apoel Nicosia, Debrecen.

Source: UEFA

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