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Zenit and Porto claim impressive away wins

Zenit St Petersburg and Porto took the advantage in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying ties as they both claimed away wins on Wednesday night.

Zenit overcame Belgian side Standard Liege 1-0 at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne thanks to Oleg Shatov's 16th-minute score while Porto defeated Lille by the same scoreline in France as a result of Hector Herrera's 61st minute goal.

AaB also drew 1-1 against Apoel Nicosia after Nicolaj Thomsen's 16th-minute goal was cancelled out by Franco Vinicius early in the second half.

Slovan Bratislava and BATE were also tied after the first leg, although BATE had the away goal advantage thanks to Tomas Jablonsky's 44th-minute own goal, with substitute Robert Vittek keeping Slovan in the tie with an 80th-minute leveller.

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Valverde: Tie is wide open

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde insists his team is happy with a 1-1 draw from the first leg of their Champions League play-offs against Napoli.

This was a good result for us.But it's not over yet.

Napoli have to score in the return leg and they have players that can do so.

They are a great team and the tie is still wide open.

– Ernesto Valverde speaking to Marca

Benitez confident heading to Bilbao

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez remains confident his side can see off Athletic Bilbao to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

The Italians were held to a 1-1 draw by the Primera Division outfit on Tuesday evening in Naples and have left themselves with plenty to do in Spain.

Athletic will certainly go out there to win. This means they will want to score and so do we.

I have confidence but of course it will not be easy.

We saw the game I expected to see Considering the way the game went, we can consider our reaction positive and we must begin again from that.

– Rafa Benitez speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport

Napoli draw as Leverkusen play out thriller

Athletic Bilbao will have the upper hand back at San Mames after holding Napoli to a 1-1 Champions League play-off draw on Tuesday night.

The Primera Division and Serie A giants were pitted against each other in a battle to reach the group stages and Athletic took the initiative with Iker Muniain scoring four minutes before the break in Naples.

Napoli hit back after the interval as former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain fired a leveller on 68 minutes but the Basque outfit will fancy their chances of winning the second leg and progressing to the next stage.

There were five goals in the first half of action in the Danish capital as Bayer Leverkusen claimed a 3-2 win at FC Copenhagen.

Stefan Kiessling (five) and Zanka (nine) exchanged goals before Daniel Amartey nudged FCK ahead in the 13th minute.

Bayer equalised through Karim Bellarabi on 31 minutes and, three minutes before the break, Son Heung-min grabbed what proved to be the winner for the Bundesliga giants.

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