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Lyon and Zurich in the running for Champions League spots

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Latest update : 2009-08-19

Olympique Lyon are on their way to a Champions League spot after smashing Anderlecht 5-1 in the first leg of their play-off final on Wednesday. Zurich look set to join them after defeating Latvian champions Ventspils 3-0.

REUTERS - Olympique Lyon virtually guaranteed their place in the Champions League group stage after thumping Anderlecht 5-1 in the first leg of their playoff final on Wednesday.


Lyon raced into a 4-0 halftime lead and, barring an unlikely reversal in next week’s second leg, will go into the draw for the competition proper when it takes place in Monaco on Aug. 27.


Zurich look set to join them after scoring a convincing 3-0 away win over Latvian champions Ventspils and are now just 90 minutes away from a return to Europe’s elite competition for the first time for 28 years.


Atletico Madrid also grabbed the advantage in their tie, winning 3-2 at Panathinaikos in Athens, as did Hungarian champions Debrecen who beat Levski Sofia 2-1 away while Maccabi Haifa also won away, 2-1 at Salzburg.


The second legs will be played next Tuesday.
 

Date created : 2009-08-19

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