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Celtic eases into Champions League’s 2nd qualifying round

July 17, 2019
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FK Sarajevo's Benjamin Tatar, left, and Celtic's James Forrest battle for the ball during the Champions League first qualifying round, second leg soccer match at Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday July 17, 2019. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
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FK Sarajevo's Benjamin Tatar, left, and Celtic's James Forrest battle for the ball during the Champions League first qualifying round, second leg soccer match at Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday July 17, 2019. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic eased through the Champions League’s first qualifying round by beating Sarajevo 2-1 on Wednesday to complete a 5-2 aggregate win.

The 1967 European Cup winner got goals in each half from Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor, and will next play Nomme Kalju of Estonia.

Sutjeska of Montenegro scored deep into stoppage time to level the aggregate score at 2-2 against Slovan Bratislava and force extra time, then later won a penalty shootout 3-2. Goalkeeper Vladan Giljen saved two spot kicks from the visiting Slovakian side.

With two goals in the final 10 minutes, BATE Borisov of Belarus won 2-1 at Piast Gliwice of Poland to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

Romania’s CFR Cluj rallied from a 2-0 aggregate deficit against Astana to win 3-1 on the night and 3-2 overall.

Dundalk of Ireland won a penalty shootout 5-4 at Riga after two goalless games.

Also advancing were Ferencvaros of Hungary, Slovenia’s Maribor, AIK of Sweden, Qarabag of Azerbaijan, and Norway’s Rosenborg.

The second qualifying round will be played July 23-24 and 30-31.

Before those games, UEFA makes pairings for the third qualifying round Monday when teams including Ajax, a semifinalist last season, Porto and Dynamo Kiev enter the draw.

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