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First-half goal flurry sends Liverpool into group stage.

Liverpool scored three goals in 12 dramatic first-half minutes as they swept to a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim in the second leg of their playoff tie to qualify for the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.

Emre Can scored twice to help Liverpool to a 6-3 aggregate win and wreck Hoffenheim's dreams of qualifying for the first time.

Elsewhere, Qarabag became the first team from Azerbaijan to reach the group stage despite losing 2-1 away to FC Copenhagen. They qualified on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.

Sporting scored four second-half goals to beat FCSB, formerly Steaua Bucharest, 5-1 away following a goalless draw in the first leg.

CSKA Moscow went through with a 2-0 win over Young Boys (3-0 on aggregate) and a goalless draw at Slavia Prague was enough for APOEL Nicosia to go through (2-0).

Results from the Champions League playoff second leg matches on Wednesday:

CSKA Moscow (Russia) -- Young Boys (Switzerland) 2-0

First leg: Young Boys -- CSKA Moscow 0-1. CSKA Moscow win 3-0 on aggregate.

FC Copenhagen (Denmark) -- Qarabag Agdam (Azerbaijan) 2-1

First leg: Qarabag Agdam -- FC Copenhagen 1-0. Qarabag Agdam win on away goals after 2-2 on aggregate.

FCSB (Romania) -- Sporting (Portugal) 1-5

First leg: Sporting -- FCSB 0-0. Sporting win 5-1 on aggregate.

Liverpool (England) -- TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) 4-2

First leg: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim -- Liverpool 1-2. Liverpool win 6-3 on aggregate.

Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) -- APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) 0-0

First leg: APOEL Nicosia -- Slavia Prague 2-0. APOEL Nicosia win 2-0 on aggregate.

Tuesday, August 22, second leg:

Rijeka (Croatia) -- Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece) 0-1

First leg: Olympiakos Piraeus -- Rijeka 2-1. Olympiakos Piraeus win 3-1 on aggregate.

Maribor (Slovenia) -- Hapoel Beer Sheva (Israel) 1-0

First leg: Hapoel Beer Sheva -- Maribor 2-1. Maribor win on away goals after 2-2 on aggregate.

Nice (France) -- Napoli (Italy) 0-2

First leg: Napoli -- Nice 2-0. Napoli win 4-0 on aggregate.

Sevilla (Spain) -- Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey) 2-2

First leg: Istanbul Basaksehir -- Sevilla 1-2. Sevilla win 4-3 on aggregate.

FC Astana (Kazakhstan) -- Celtic (Scotland) 4-3

First leg: Celtic -- FC Astana 5-0. Celtic win 8-4 on aggregate.

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Date:Aug 23, 2017
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