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Champions League Results 2015: Scores for Wednesday's Play-off Leg 1 Matches

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 20 Aug 2015

Celtic beat Malmo 3-2 during Wednesday's first leg of their 2015-16 Champions League play-off match, but a late goal for the visitors means everything will be left to play for when the two teams meet in Sweden for the return leg.Valencia beat Monaco 3-1, while Dinamo Zagreb beat Skenderbeu 2-1 in Albania, all but booking their ticket to the next round. FC Basel only managed a draw against Maccabi Tel Aviv, while Shakhtar Donetsk recorded a comfortable win over Rapid Wien.Here are the results from Wednesday's action:Before the start of the match, Celtic manager Ronny Deila acknowledged Malmo's quality, but he believed his club's stature spoke for itself, via the Champions League's official Twitter account:The fans at Celtic Park certainly seemed to back up that statement, providing the kind of pre-match atmosphere that even impressed former professional footballer Jan Aage Fjortoft:The Scottish champions had a dream start to the match, as it took Leigh Griffiths just three minutes to open the score. Pouncing on a superb through-ball from Stefan Johansen, the 24-year-old striker made no mistake in front of goal.Seven minutes later, the score was 2-0, with Nir Biton finding his way onto the scoresheet. Barry Glendenning of talkSPORT got a little carried away and risked jinxing the whole thing:The hosts remained in full control throughout the first half, playing a mature and controlled match, and up 2-0 at half-time, qualification for the UEFA Champions League seemed well within reach.Of course, these kind of play-off matches usually bring exceptional drama, and with Malmo fielding a former Celtic star, it seemed almost impossible for Jo Inge Berget not to score. Sure enough, early in the second half, the Norwegian smashed home a shot from close range, scoring the vital away goal for his side.As expected, banter ensued:The visitors appeared to be in the ideal situation, needing only a 1-0 win at home to qualify, but their advantage was short-lived. Griffiths' powerful header crossed the line right after the hour mark, restoring the two-goal cushion and firing the home crowd into a frenzy.Celtic had several more chances to increase their advantage but couldn't, and they were left to rue their mistakes as Berget again scored deep in injury time. Celtic won the match 3-2, but all it takes is a 1-0 or 2-1 win for Malmo in Sweden and the Scots are out.Sofiane Feghouli added an all-important late goal to Valencia's 3-1 win over Monaco, handing the Spaniards a two-goal lead before they head for France. Rodrigo and Daniel Parejo also found the net for the hosts, but Mario Pasalic's strike early in the second half ensured this tie remains somewhat open.As shared by ESPN's Dermot Corrigan, the final result was aided by a penalty that wasn't given for the visitors, and the final score could have looked quite different had the Frenchmen taken their chances a little better:Parejo tried to explain the significance of playing in the competition after the match, via the Champions League's official Twitter account:Basel appeared to be cruising to a 2-1 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, but Eran Zahavi scored deep in injury time to give the visitors a shocking 2-2 result in Switzerland.The hosts dominated from start to finish and could easily have scored five or six goals, but poor finishing and bad luckas well as some dodgy officiating, as evidenced by the absurd amount of injury timedoomed the Swiss side, who will still like their chances of grabbing a win in Israel.Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk both booked solid in one-goal wins away from home over Skenderbeu and Rapid Wien, respectively, and should cruise into the Champions League group stages from this point.Read more World Football news on BleacherReport.com
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