Dynamo Kiev has taken an important step towards the group stage of the Champions League. The Ukrainians won the first leg against KAA Gent in the play-offs on Wednesday-evening with 1-2.
Vladyslav Supriaha opened the score for Dynamo Kiev in the ninth minute with a ticker, which eliminated AZ (2-0) in the third qualifying round. Just before half-time, Ghent was leveled by a header from Tim Kleindienst from a corner.
The Belgians had to continue with ten men early in the second half by a second yellow card for Roman Bezus, but the visitors only took advantage of the surplus situation eleven minutes before the end. Carlos de Pena passed goalkeeper Davy Roef through the legs.
In Piraeus, the first leg between Olympiacos and the Cypriot Omonia Nicosia, led by referee Danny Makkelie, ended in a 2-0 win for the Greeks. Mathieu Valbuena (penalty) and Youssef El-Arabi scored for the home team.
The first game between the Norwegian Molde FK and the Hungarian Ferencváros was a spectacle: 3-3. Leke James, Magnus Eikrem and Martin Ellingsen were accurate on behalf of the Norwegians. Frank Boli, Myrto Uzuni and Igor Kharatin just found it for the visitors.
On Tuesday, the first matches FC Krasnodar-PAOK (2-1), Maccabi Tel Aviv-Red Bull Salzburg (1-2) and Slavia Prague-FC Midtjylland (0-0) were already played. The returns of the playoffs will be completed on September 29-30. The winners of the diptychs will qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, which starts on October 20.