Zenit bounce back vs. AEL Limassol, advance to Champions League playoff

Salomon Rondon scored Zenit's first goal against AEL Limassol on Wednesday night.

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Zenit St. Petersburg overturned a one-goal deficit to come through 3-1 on aggregate against AEL Limassol in their UEFA Champions League third round qualifying match on Wednesday night.

After trailing 1-0 after the opening tie, Russian side Zenit claimed a 3-0 win at Stadion Petrovskij thanks to goals by Jose Salomon Rondon, Danny and Alexander Kerzhakov.

Anders Jacobson scored twice as Danish side Aalborg came through 2-0 to defeat Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 on aggregate, while Martin Hinteregger’s double saw Salzburg claim a 2-0 second leg victory as his side progressed 3-2 overall winners against Azerbaijan side Qarabag Agdam.

Elsewhere, APOEL defeated HJK 2-0 for a 4-2 aggregate win, while Slovan Bratislava progress despite a goalless draw against Sheriff thanks to their 2-1 win in the opening clash.

Malmo progressed on away goals against Sparta Prague and Besiktas took a 5-2 aggregate win over Feyenoord thanks to a 3-1 win.

Steaua Bucharest and FC Copenhagen also progressed, as did Ludogorets on away goals thanks to Marcelinho’s double after they drew 2-2 against Partizan Belgrade following a goalless opening encounter.