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Apoel fight back to advance in Champions League

Apoel overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit with a fine win in Azerbaijan to advance to the Champions League playoff round

Apoel pulled off a brilliant win in Azerbaijan to advance to the Champions League playoff round on Tuesday night.

Trailing FK Qarabag 2-1 after last week’s 2-1 defeat in Nicosia in the first leg, the Cyprus champions turned the match around with a Tomas De Vincenti penalty 10 minutes before half-time, with Uros Matic scoring the decisive second after 68 minutes that sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Apoel are now guaranteed a place in either the group stages of the Champions League or the Europa League.

To progress to the group stages of the Champions League they will have to knock out the winner of the tie between Paok and Ajax.

 

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