Champions League

Monaco win, RVP makes Fenerbahce debut

2015-07-29 08:14
Layvin Kurzawa (Supplied)

Paris - Layvin Kurzawa starred as last season's Champions League quarter-finalists Monaco took a big step towards the play-off round of this season's Champions League on Tuesday with a 3-1 win away at Swiss side Young Boys in their third qualifying round first leg clash.

The 22-year-old French defender blocked a goalbound effort by Japanese striker Yuya Kubo on the line in the 62nd minute and then two minutes later scored at the other end with a sublime volley, from Fabinho's cross, to set Monaco on their way.

This sparked a crazy flurry where the three other goals came in the next 11 minutes.

They doubled their lead through Argentinian Guido Carillo, who had come on only a minute before for another new recruit 21-year-old Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro, as he headed home from playmaker Joao Moutinho's 72nd minute freekick.

Young Boys - whose former PSG striker Guillaume Hoarau should have done better with two free headers - briefly got back into the match as veteran midfielder Raphael Nuzolo reduced the deficit with 16 minutes remaining.

However, their hopes were extinguished within a minute as Croatian Mario Pasalic, on loan from English champions Chelsea, scored with a fierce strike from the edge of the penalty area.

While the second leg should be a formality for Monaco a tougher task lies ahead with the likes of Manchester United and Valencia potential opponents in the final qualifying round which leads for the winners to the lucrative group stage.

However, coach Leonardo Jardim will have taken heart how his much changed line-up from last season - veteran Dimitar Berbatov, and younger stars such as Geoffrey Kondogbia and Belgian international winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco having left - coped with a relatively challenging away clash.

Elsewhere another side who radically changed their squad during the close season Fenerbahce fared less well as they were held 0-0 at home in Istanbul by Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk, who are no strangers to the group stages.

Despite fielding several of their big name signings such as Portuguese winger Nani the Turkish side were unable to unlock the Ukrainian defence.

Dutch striker Robin van Persie - signed amidst much fanfare earlier this month from Manchester United - came on for the last 20 odd minutes replacing Moussa Sow but contributed little.

Fenerbahce, who have returned to European competition after serving a two year ban for their involvement in match-fixing, will have it all to do next week in the second leg to keep alive their hopes of a return to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Action continues on Wednesday with the highlight Scottish champions Celtic - who failed to make the group stages last season - at home to Azerbaijan side Qarabag.

RESULTS

Young Boys (Switzerland) 1-3 Monaco (France) 
Fenerbahce (Turkey) 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
Panathinaikos (Greece) 2-1 Club Bruges (Belgium)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 1-2 Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)
Midtjylland (Denmark) 1-2 APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus)
Milsami Orhei (Moldova) 0-2 Skenderbeu (Albania) 
CSKA Moscow (Russia) 2-2 Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)
Videoton FC (Hungary) 1-1 BATE Borisov (Belarus)
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 1-1 Molde (Norway)

WEDNESDAY FIXTURES

HJK Helsinki (Finland) v Astana (Kazakhstan)
Salzburg (Austria) v Malmo (Sweden)
Steaua Bucharest (Romania) v Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
Celtic (Scotland) v Qarabag Agdam (Azerbaijan)
Lech Poznan (Poland) v FC Basel (Switzerland)
Rapid Vienna (Austria) v Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Lokomotiv Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Stadium 19:55
Galatasaray v Club Brugge, Turk Telekom Arena 19:55
Juventus v Atletico Madrid, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb, Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 22:00
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Real Madrid v Paris SG, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munchen, Stadion Rajko Mitic 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Valencia v Chelsea, Mestalla 19:55
Zenit St. Petersburg v Lyon, Saint Petersburg Stadium 19:55
Liverpool v Napoli, Anfield 22:00
Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund, Camp Nou 22:00
Slavia Prague v Inter Milan, Eden Arena 22:00
Genk v Red Bull Salzburg, Luminus Arena 22:00
RB Leipzig v Benfica, Red Bull Arena 22:00
Lille v Ajax, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 22:00
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Red Bull Salzburg v Liverpool, Red Bull Arena 19:55
Napoli v Genk, San Paolo 19:55
Ajax v Valencia, Amsterdam ArenA 22:00
Benfica v Zenit St. Petersburg, da Luz 22:00
Lyon v RB Leipzig, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Inter Milan v Barcelona, San Siro 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Slavia Prague, Signal Iduna Park 22:00
Chelsea v Lille, Stamford Bridge 22:00
Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City, Maksimir Stadium 19:55
Shakhtar Donetsk v Atalanta, Metalist Stadium 19:55
Bayern Munchen v Tottenham Hotspur, Allianz Arena 22:00
Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus, BayArena 22:00
Club Brugge v Real Madrid, Jan Breydel Stadion 22:00
Olympiacos v Red Star Belgrade, Karaiskakis Stadium 22:00
Paris SG v Galatasaray, Parc des Princes 22:00
Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow, Wanda Metropolitano 22:00
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