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MONACO---Valencia lost 2-1 at Monaco
but advanced from their Champions
League playoff on an aggregate 4-3 score
yesterday, giving Spain a record five teams
in the group phase of Europe s top-tier
Valencia had won the first leg 3-1, and
Alvaro Negredo gave the visiting side a great
start in the fourth minute at Stade Louis
II.The former Manchester City striker
poached Fabinho s misplaced backpass and
stroked an exquisite chipped shot that goal-
keeper Danijel Subasic could only watch as
it floated over his head before landing in
Andrea Raggi made it 1-1 for Monaco in
the 18th and Elderson netted in the 75th to
leave the hosts one goal from forcing extra
A former two-time finalist, Valencia met
new owner Peter Lim s objective of returning
to the Champions League after a two-year
"In life, you have to suffer to reach one s
goals," Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo
said. "This is the first game of our future.
Valencia is a Champions League team. We
wanted to be here and here we are."
Already the undisputed power in the
Champions League, Spain is now the first
country to send five sides to Europe s premier
Valencia will join defending champion
Barcelona, 2014 winner Real Madrid, 2014
runner-up Atletico Madrid and Sevilla---
the first team to qualify by winning the
Europa League the previous season---as the
five-team contingent from la Liga in Thurs-
day s group phase draw.
Even before Negredo s great goal, Valencia
had gone close to scoring when Subasic
stretched his leg to deny Shkodran Mustafi
from a corner kick.
But he was helpless to stop Negredo s
Negredo wasted no time after picking up
Fabinho s pass as he dribbled forward with
his head down before surprising Subasic
with a gentle strike from the left side of the
"Conceding a goal in the first five minutes
wasn t the best thing for a team that needed
to turn around a result," Monaco coach
Leonardo Jardim said.
After Negredo narrowly missed scoring
a second when he shot high in the 10th,
Monaco responded against the flow of play
as Raggi slotted a ball the defense failed to
clear inside the upright.
Valencia, however, remained in control
and went close to scoring again through
headers by Dani Parejo and Rodrigo Moreno
Valencia then faded in the last half hour,
and Elderson ensured a tense finale after
he finished off a rebound off goalkeeper
Matthew Ryan s save from a deflected free
Monaco pressed Valencia into its area but
couldn t level the tie.
Malmo surprised Celtic with a 2-0 win
to overturn a 3-2 first-leg loss in Scotland.
Marcus Rosenberg used his shoulder to
deflect in a ball for Malmo in the 23rd, and
Celtic was definitively sunk by Dedryck
Boyata s own goal in the 55th.
Maccabi Tel Aviv progressed to the group
phase for the first time in 11 years after Eran
Zahavi scored his third goal of the tie to
earn a 1-1 draw at Basel.
Luca Zuffi opened for Basel with 25-meter
free kick, only for Zahavi to equalize in the
24th and send his team through 3-3 on
Also, Shakhtar Donetsk drew 2-2 at home
with Rapid Vienna but went through 3-2
Marlos scored the only goal of the first
leg for Shakhtar and the Brazilian was on
target again in the 10th minute Tuesday.
Vienna rallied and was briefly in line to
progress on away goals after Louis Schaub
netted in the 13th and Steffen Hofmann
scored from a free kick four minutes later,
but Shakhtar responded in the 27th minute
when Oleksandr Hladkiy finished off a direct
Dinamo Zagreb was the only side to avoid
an edgy evening, routing Albania s Skender-
beu 4-1 to ease to a 6-2 aggregate win.
El Arabi Hilal Soudani scored a brace for
Dinamo, which also got goals from Armin
Hodzic and Jeremy Taravel. Esquerdinha
scored for Skenderbeu.
The group phase draw takes place tomor-
KASHIWA---Former Tottenham midfielder
Paulinho gave his new-look career a boost
yesterday by scoring a stunning long-range
goal as Guangzhou Evergrande of China
reasserted its status as the team to beat in
the Asian Champions League.
Paulinho, who joined the Chinese Super
League side in June after a disappointing
spell in the Premier League, scored the vis-
itors second goal in the 40th minute of the
quarterfinal first leg as Guangzhou beat
Japan s Kashiwa Reysol 3-1.
He slammed home an unstoppable free
kick from 35 meters (yards).
"I was surprised because it was the first
free kick in my life," the 27-year-old Paulinho
said. "I never take free kicks because it s not
my job. But I just thought I will try and see
what happens, and then scored for sure the
best goal of my life."
Kashiwa, hoping to avenge an 8-1 aggre-
gate thumping by Guangzhou at the semifinal
stage in 2013, got off to a disastrous start---
going a goal behind in just the fifth minute
when center back Daisuke Suzuki headed
Huang Bowen s free kick into his own net.
Paulinho doubled the lead before Gao Lin
made it 3-0 in the 58th, heading another
Huang delivery beyond Reysol goalkeeper
Masato Kudo claimed Reysol s consolation
goal from close range in the 89th minute.
In the other quarterfinal yesterday, Carlos
Eduardo scored two goals as Saudi Arabia s
Al Hilal, last year s beaten finalists, defeated
Qatar s Lekhwiya 4-1 at Riyadh.
Khalid Kaabi and Ailton also scored for
Al Hilal. Youssef Msakni s goal gave the
Qatar champions some hope going into the
second leg at Doha next month, but the
Saudis are again big favorites to qualify for
In the other quarterfinals on Wednesday,
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea
hosts Japan s Gamba Osaka and Naft Tehran
plays Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates
at the Iranian capital s Azadi Stadium.
The second legs will be played September
15 and 16. Semifinals are scheduled to begin
at the end of September and the two-leg
final on November 7 and 21.
Sunderland wins 9-goal thriller
in League Cup...Watford ousted
LONDON---On a frenzied, big-scoring night in
the League Cup, Jermain Defoe s hat trick settled
Sunderland s nine-goal thriller as Premier League
teams were given a rough ride by lower-league
Defoe s treble in a 6-3 win over Exeter com-
pensated for defensive gaffes which allowed the
fourth-tier side to draw level at 3-3 at half time.
"I am totally unhappy with the goals we gave
away at this level," Sunderland manager Dick
Advocaat said. "I never had the feeling they would
There were eight goals at Aston Villa. Scott
Sinclair s treble ensured the hosts ousted fourth-
tier Notts County 5-3 in extra time after it finished
3-3 at the end of 90 minutes.
Watford was yesterday s only second-round
Premier League casualty, with second-tier Preston
winning 1-0. Miguel Britos was sent off on his
debut for Watford, which is still searching for its
first win after returning to the Premier League.
West Bromwich Albion and Stoke only advanced
to the third round by winning on penalties.
After being held 0-0 by Port Vale, West Brom
beat the third-tier side 5-3 in the shootout. Stoke
edged fourth-tier Luton 8-7 on penalties after
being held 1-1 over 120 minutes.
The third round, when the Premier League
teams involved in European competitions enter,
should offer more drama with two derbies: Tot-
tenham-Arsenal and Aston Villa-Birmingham.
Here is a look at the other Premier League
teams in action yesterday, with Defoe not the only
hat trick scorer.
BURY 1 LEICESTER 4
Joe Dodoo s Leicester debut was even more
memorable thanks to his three goals against the
third-tier side. Some Leicester fans invaded the
pitch after the 20-year-old winger completed his
treble in the last minute.
NEWCASTLE 4 NORTHAMPTON 1
Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin scored three
minutes into his first start following a $20-million
transfer from Marseille to help Steve McClaren
register his first win as manager.
CRYSTAL PALACE 4 SHREWSBURY 1
Palace was forced into extra time by the third-
tier visitors but Glenn Murray then scored a penalty
before Chung-yong Lee and Wilfried Zaha also
ROTHERHAM 1 NORWICH 2
Norwich s winner against the second-tier side
came from Ricky Van Wolfswinkel scoring his
first goal for the club since his debut two years
ago. The Dutch striker spent last season on loan
at French side St Etienne.
Swansea, the 2013 winners, eased into the third
round with a 3-0 victory over York and Premier
League newcomer Bournemouth went one better
by beating another fourth-tier side, Hartlepool,
Monaco in CL playoff
...Malmo ousts Celtic
Paulinho scores from long range in Asian Champions League
Malmo's Markus Rosenberg, top, center, heads the ball to score the opening goal past
Celtics goal keeper Craig Gordon, right, and Celtics Scott Brown (8) during the Champions
League play-off second leg football match between Malmo FF and Celtic at Malmo New
Stadium, in Malmo, Sweden, yesterday. AP PHOTO
draw, the games
League teams in the
third round in the
Aston Villa v
Crystal Palace v
Fulham v Stoke
Hull v Swansea
Leicester v West Ham
Liverpool v Carlisle
Manchester United v
MK Dons v
Newcastle v Sheffield
Norwich v West Brom
Reading v Barnsley or
Everton (who play
Tottenham v Arsenal
Walsall v Chelsea
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