Red Star held as PSV and Monaco edge nearer to playoffs


Former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade have been held to a 1-1 home draw by Moldovan aspect Sheriff Tiraspol on Tuesday within the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying spherical tie after they have been decreased to 10 males.

PSV Eindhoven, the 1988 winners, closed in on the playoff spherical with a 3-0 home rout of Danish aspect Midtjylland and 2004 runners-up Monaco received 2-Zero at Sparta Prague.

A final-gasp objective by Steven Davis saved Scottish champions Rangers in competition to advance though they suffered a 2-1 reverse at Swedish aspect Malmo, who took a two-goal lead via Soren Rieks and Serbian striker Veljko Birmancevic.

Sheriff took the lead out of the blue in Belgrade as Frank Castaneda curled in a elegant free kick earlier than Frenchman Lois Diony equalised on the stroke of halftime after he took benefit of some poor defending.

Both sides missed a number of probabilities to grab a winner after Red Star, who received Europe’s premier membership competitors in 1991, had midfielder Guelor Kanga despatched off within the 57th minute for a second yellow card.

“Sheriff are a team full of speed and talent,” Red Star coach Dejan Stankovic instructed Arenasport tv after a irritating night for the Serbian champions.

“Having fallen behind, we managed to equalise and create some chances after we were reduced to 10 men. It’s not over yet, we can pull it off in the return leg.”

With the away targets rule now not in impact, Stankovic will depend on his misfiring aspect to indicate extra chunk in Moldavia after creating few probabilities towards a rugged Sheriff defence.

An spectacular first half noticed PSV take a 19th-minute lead towards Midtjylland as 19-year-old English prospect Non Made unleashed an excellent shot from 20 metres into the highest nook.

Germany midfielder Mario Goethe made it 2-Zero within the 29th with a closely deflected shot and Cody Gakpo added the third three minutes later with a easy tap-in from two metres after a flowing move.

A dominant Monaco pressured Sparta into submission as midfielder Aurelia Tchouameni gave them the lead with a thumping header earlier than Kevin Holland drilled a strong shot into the roof of the web.

Rangers have been rattled by two quickfire targets as Birmancevic arrange the opener for Rieks within the 47th minute after which rifled in a luxurious volley two minutes later earlier than Davis saved Rangers’ hopes alive with the final kick of the sport.

Elsewhere, Shakhtar Donetsk got here from behind to earn a 2-1 win at Belgian aspect Genk and a stoppage-time objective from Vincent Sierro gave Young Boys a 1-1 draw at Romanians Cluj who took a third-minute lead via Cristian Manea.

Olympiakos Piraeus additionally left themselves with work to do following a 1-1 home draw with Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad.

On Wednesday, Spartak Moscow host twice winners Benfica, Dinamo Zagreb are at home to Legia Warsaw and Hungarians Ferencvaros entertain Slavia Prague.

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