Maribor knocked out Celtic in the second leg of UEFA Champions League qualifiers while FC Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg progressed to the group stages along with BATE Borisov and Apoel Nicosia.

Marcos Tavares‘ goal 15 minutes from time knocked Celtic out of the Champions League as Maribor progressed to the group stages 2-1 on aggregate.

It will be the first time in three years that Celtic won’t be in Europe’s most lucrative tournament and will be missing out on the revenue generated by just being in the group stages.

Having secured a vital 1-1 draw away in Slovenia last Wednesday, Celtic didn’t need to get on the score sheet at Parkhead as long as they kept Maribor from scoring

Legia Warsaw had beaten Celtic 6-1 on aggregate in the previous qualifying round but were disqualified at the expense of the Scottish champions due to fielding a player who had been ineligible to play for just three minutes. The Polish champions had been guilty of not registering that particular player in three matches after he had been suspended by UEFA and lost their subsequent appeal to host a rematch with Celtic. 

FC Porto meanwhile completed a 3-0 aggregate win after goals from Jackson Martinez and Yacine Brahimi saw the Portuguese club beat French club Lille 2-0

Andre Villas Boas’ Zenit beat Standard Liege 3-0, 4-0 on aggregate, with two goals from Hulk and one from Jose Rodon.

In the final two matches of the night, BATE Borisov beat Slovan Bratislava 3-0 and Apoel Nicosia beat Aalborg BK 4-0 to progress to the next round.

The final five teams to be involved in Friday’s group stage draw will be decided tonight as Arsenal host Besiktas at the Emirates following a 0-0 draw in Turkey and Athletic Club host Napoli following their 1-1 draw in Naples last Tuesday.

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