Porto, Monaco, Celtic lead charge to group stage
Baku, August 24, AZERTAC
Roma suffered another European humiliation on Tuesday when they had two players sent off, lost 3-0 at home to Porto and missed out on the Champions League group stage.
After drawing 1-1 in Portugal in the first leg of the play-off tie, Roma started as favourites but never recovered after Felipe gave the visitors an eighth-minute lead.
They imploded completely when Daniele De Rossi and his replacement Emerson Palmieri were shown straight red cards before and after half-time.
Monaco joined Porto when they beat Villarreal 1-0 after a late penalty by Fabinho sealed a 3-1 aggregate win, and Legia Warsaw, Celtic and Ludogorets Razgrad also qualified, although none won on the night.
Ten-man Legia drew 1-1 at home with the Irish part-timers Dundalk but progressed 3-1 on aggregate to become the first Polish side to reach the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition for 20 years.
The former European champions Celtic squeezed past Hapoel Beer Sheva 5-4 on aggregate despite a 2-0 defeat in Israel and Ludogorets held Viktoria Plzen 2-2 away to secure a 4-2 aggregate win.