Champions League qualifying wrap: Partizan, Wisla ease through

Partizan Belgrade and Wisla Krakow both eased into the third qualifying round of the Champions League on Tuesday.Vladimir Jovancic scored four minutes after coming off the bench as Partizan completed a comfortable 5-0 aggregate victory over Skendija 79, capped off with a 1-0 win in Macedonia.

Four goals up from the first leg in Serbia, Partizan looked off the pace at the start of the match in Skopje and were lucky not to fall behind when Jasir Selmani wasted an early chance.

But the Serbian champions were much improved after the interval and found a winner when Jovancic scored past Skendija goalkeeper Suat Zendeli in the 68th minute.

Partizan’s 5-0 aggregate victory means they will now face KRC Genk in the third round of qualifying.

Polish champions Wisla progressed to the third round following their 2-0 win over Lativan side Skonto Riga.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Latvia, Wisla went ahead thanks to a 51st minute goal from Patryk Malecki, before Ivica Iliev scored their second to wrap up the tie.

Wisla will now play Bulgarian champions Litex Lovech in the penultimate round of qualifying.

Litex beat Montenegrin side FK Mogren 3-0 on Wednesday for a 5-1 aggregate victory.

In other notable second-round results, HJK Helsinki crushed Welsh outfit Bangor City 10-0 in their second leg in Finland to secure a 13-0 aggregate victory.

The Finnish side scored eight goals in the second half, with Erfan Zeneli, Teemu Pukki and Kartriot Kastrati all netting twice for the hosts.

Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov also moved into the third round after a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland’s Linfield.

The tie was evenly poised at 1-1 after the first leg in Belfast, but goals from Pavel Nekhaichik and Aleksandr Pavlov in the space of three second-half minutes on Tuesday ensured victory for the hosts.

Other teams through to the second round include Shamrock Rovers, Ekranas, Dinamo Zagreb, Slovan Bratislava, Malmo and Viktoria Plzen.

 


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