English npower League One
Shot-shy Sheffield United escaped with a goalless draw from the first leg of their npower League One play-off semi-final at Stevenage.
Boro, looking for a third successive promotion having been in the Conference just two years ago, came agonisingly close to grabbing a vital lead when Craig Reid's shot hit the crossbar.
But Danny Wilson's United, pipped by city rivals Wednesday to automatic promotion last weekend, should now be in the driving seat for Monday's second leg at Bramall Lane.
However, the Blades' record in the play-offs will not inspire much confidence, with five failures from five attempts, while they have not beaten Stevenage, who finished 17 points behind them, in three matches this season.
Turkish Super Lig
Besiktas and Trabzonspor drew 1-1 in the penultimate match in the Super Lig championship group.
Trabzonspor were reduced to 10 men when Burak Yilmaz was sent off just after half-time and they fell behind to the hosts as Filip Holosko scored with 20 minutes to go.
The visitors equalised through Olcan Adin and despite the dismissal of Gustavo Colman deep into stoppage time, they held on to secure third place and a berth in next season's Europa League.
Besiktas will now play off against the winners of the Europa League group for a place in the continent's second-tier competition.
Galatasaray and Fenerbahce meet Saturday evening in a title-decider.
Struggling GAIS were beaten again in the Allsvenskan.
The third-bottom side went down 2-0 at Syrianska FC, who move into mid-table as a result.
Both of the goals came in the second half, with Dinko Felic (63) and Louay Chanko (72) doing the damage.