Champions League Playoffs
Who will go into the Champions League and who will drop down to the Europa League? Let us see the results from Tuesday and Wednesday's Champions League Play-offs.For a start, Russia's Rubin Kazan crashed out on aggregate 2-4 against French side Lyon. Arsenal waltzed through against Udinese and Portugal's Benfica enters the league phase.
Belarus team BATE Borisov managed a surprise win away in Sturm Graz, Austria, after drawing at home 1-1. The 2-0 lead away takes BATE into the group phase of the champions league.
Genk (Belgium) 2 M. Haifa (Israel) 1 Aggregate 3-3 Genk win 4-1 on penalties
Malmo (Sweden) 2 Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 0 Aggregate 3-4
Villarreal (Spain) 3 OB Odense BK (Denmark) 0 Aggregate 3-1
Zurich (Switzerland) 0 Bayern Munich (Germany) 1 Aggregate 0-3
APOEL (Cyprus) 3 Wisla Krakow (Poland) 1 Aggregate 3-2
Rubin Kazan (Russia) 1 Lyon (France) 1 Aggregate 2-4
Plzen (Czech Republic) 2 Kobenhavn (Denmark) 1 Aggregate 5-2
Udinese (Italy) 1 Arsenal (England) 2 Aggregate 1-3
Benfica (Portugal) 3 Twente (Netherlands) 1 Aggregate 5-3
Sturm Graz (Austria) 0 BATE Borisov (Belarus) 2 Aggregate 1-3
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko had a telephone conversation with US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan