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Bayern Munich And Villarreal Advance In Champions League

It took two second-half goals from Giuseppe Rossi, but finally were able to get past Danish side Odense, and advance to the group stage.

Rossi who was linked with a move to this summer, got in front of his marker to open the scoring five minutes after halftime and then rifled in a brilliant volley in the 66th minute. Carlos Marchena added the third goal.

Former European Cup winners , who will host the final at their Allianz Arena stadium in May, also made it through as they beat Zurich 1-0, Mario Gomez’s seventh-minute goal completed a 3-0 aggregate win in their playoff against the Swiss side

Polish side Krakow fell at the final qualifying hurdle for the seventh time, losing 3-1 at APOEL Nicosia who scored the decisive goal in the 87th minute to win 3-2 on aggregate. Brazilian Ailton netted twice as APOEL produced more heartbreak for Wisla who had a 1-0 lead from the first leg. Ailton’s second goal came in the 87th minute just as the Poles appeared set to end their jinx.

Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia progressed 4-3 overall despite losing 2-0 to Malmo in Sweden. Dinamo, national champions for the last six seasons, took a 4-1 lead to Malmo but were made to suffer after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off in the 50th minute. Wilton Figueiredo put Malmo ahead from a 69th-minute free kick. Pontus Jansson then scored to set up a tense finale and the visitors held on thanks to some fine saves from goalkeeper Ivan Kelava.

Racing Genk, who are without a coach, beat Maccabi Haifa on penalties to become the fifth team in the hat for Friday’s draw in where they will be joined by Europe’s elite. Genk beat Israelis Maccabi 4-1 on penalties, after winning the second leg 2-1 to record a 3-3 aggregate draw. The Belgians were playing under stand-in coach Pierre Denier after Frank Vercauteren quit following last week’s first leg.

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