The Champions League play-off round can be a horrible place for seeds against teams with lesser reputations. Celtic drew Helsingborgs from a group of five possible teams. Three of the other four were away from home in the first leg but two recorded wins.
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona lost 2-0 away to Bate Borisov while Maribor lost 2-1 away to Dinamo (no longer Croatia) Zagreb.
Romanians, Cluj, recorded an excellent 1-2 away win against our old friends Basel, while AEL Limassol beat Anderlecht 2-1 in Cyprus. Maribor and Cluj will fancy their chances of eliminating the seed, while Limassol have a fighting chance.
In other news, HJK Helsinki are not going to drop to the Europa League group stage after we eliminated them from the Champions League earlier this month. Last season’s finalists, Athletic Bilbao, hit them for six (first cricket metaphor on CQN?) last night.