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CL Qualifying: Tottenham, Ajax into main draw, Bremen win a thriller

645   //    26 Aug 2010, 12:14 IST

Tottenham blanked Swiss minnows Young Boys to enter into the main round of the champions league after a gap of almost 47 years . It was a historic night at White Hart Lane as Tottenham were on the brink of qualification after surviving a  scare in their match against the young boys . Any chance to upset were quashed as early as in the 5th minute when Peter Crouch headed home across Gareth Bale. He netted another two as he completed a well deserved hattrick and guided the north London club into the history books .

Champions League

Champions League

Martin Jol , a manager much speculated to be coming back to the premier league guided his club Ajax Amsterdam into the main draw after seeing off a stiff resistance from Shevchenko led Dynamo Kiev. Goals from Luis Suarez and Mounir El Hamdaoui made the tie almost safe for the Dutch side before Andriy Shevchenko converted a penalty in the 84th minute to raise hopes of a Dynamo Kiev comeback . But the final dying moments proceeded smoothly to endure the progress of the Dutch side .

Auxerre perhaps completed one of the many upsets in this round when they came from behind to snatch a 2-0 victory and a 2-1 aggregate win to enter the champions league main draw. Zenit St Petersburg were heavily favoured to progress but ultimately succumbed to defeat. The night became much bitter when two of their players , goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev and defender Tomas Hubocan sent off.

Elsewhere, Zilina completed a memorable entry into the champions league when they clinically destroyed Sparta Prague 3-0 on aggregate. Copenhagen FC finally managed to enter the main draw when they defeated  Scandinavian rivals Rosenborg FC 1-0 to move into the next round on the basis of away goals .

Yesterday saw, one of the most thrilling matches of this round when Werder Bremen snatched progress from the jaws of elimination at Italy. Sampdoria went 3-0 up through goals from Pazzini and Antonio Cassano to overturn and wipe out the 1-3 deficit from the first leg. They were on course for progress amid wide celebrations when a stunner from Markus Rosenborg in the third minute of stoppage time silenced the entire stadium. Sampdoria were never able to recover and a slick goal from Pizzaro in extra time gave the tie to Werder Bremen .

Braga FC created history when they reached the main round of the champions league for the first time, when they defeated Sevilla 4-3 to win 5-3 on aggregate. Sevilla have seen their season crumble from a point of high on defeating Barcelona to two defeats resulting in elimination .

Hapoel Tel Aviv and Basle FC are the other two clubs completing the winners list .

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