Champions League play-off round-up

Valentino Lozaro scored a vital away goal for Red Bull Salzburg against Dinamo Zagreb as they drew 1-1 at the Stadion Maksimir in the UEFA Champions League first-leg play-off round.

The Austia wonderkid's goal early in the second-half look set to secure the Austrians lead going into the second-leg but the Croatian side hit back with a Marko Rog penalty 15 minutes from time, leaving the tie evenly poised.

FC Rostov – 'The Leicester City of Russia', as they've been dubbed by local media almost provided Europe with another shock as they raced into an early 1-0 lead against Ajax Amsterdam.

Christian Naboa's free-kick in the 13th minute totally wrong-footed goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to send the away fans into jubilation but the Dutch giants hit back in the second-half through their inspirational midfielder and captain Davy Klaasen.

Rostov, who beat Anderlecht in the previous round, will be confident going into the second-leg having secured a vital away goal but the youthful and talented Ajax side, managed by Peter Bosz, shouldn't be ruled out just yet.

Andrija Pavlovic was the difference for FC Copenhagen as they narrowly edged out APOEL from Cyprus at the Telia Parken.

In the other two fixtures played on Tuesday evening; a brace from Brazilian striker Raffael handed Gladbach a 3-1 win over Young Boys – while Manchester City beat a shambolic Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in their fixture at the Arena Nationala Stadium.

Results:

  • Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Red Bull Salzburg
  • Ajax 1-1 FC Rostov
  • FC Copenhagen 1-0 Apoel Nicosia
  • Young Boys 1-3 Mönchengladbach
  • Steaua Bucuresti 0-5 Man City

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