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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.
Porto's dramatic squad overhaul continued apace on Wednesday with Spanish goalkeeper Andres Fernandez becoming the latest new player to sign on at the Estadio do Dragao.
The 27-time Portuguese champions have bolstered their ranks with no fewer than 10 summer signings as they look to make amends for last season's disappointing third-placed finish.
Fernandez has swapped Osasuna for the Portuguese coast following the Pamplona club's relegation from the Primera Division and is now expected to compete for the gloves with Helton, Fabiano and fellow new boy Ricardo.
Porto have signed Brazilian midfielder Casemiro on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old, who moved to Madrid from Sao Paulo in January 2013, has made 27 appearances in all competitions for Real but could join Porto permanently next summer.
A statement published on fcporto.pt read: "Porto have secured Brazilian midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid for one season. The Dragons have an option to purchase him at the end of that period."
Porto have signed Holland defender Bruno Martins Indi from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee, the Portuguese club have announced.
The 22-year-old centre-back, who featured in six games as Holland reached the World Cup semi-finals and won the third-place play-off game, has signed a four-year contract at the Estadio do Dragao.
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