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Champions League: Shakhtar knock out Fenerbahce, Celtic through

Darijo Srna played a key role in helping Shakhtar through.

Shakhtar Donetsk swept into the playoff round of the Champions League by hammering Fenerbahce 3-0 in Lviv.

Fenerbahce started with new signings Nani and Simon Kjaer after a 0-0 first leg, but there was no place in the squad for Robin van Persie.

However, they got off to a poor start as Oleksandr Gladkiy netted from Darijo Srna's cross and Srna then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after a foul from goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.

Alex Teixeira broke to make it 3-0, before Kjaer was sent off in stoppage time to complete their misery.

Celtic held on for a 0-0 draw at Qarabag FK in Azerbaijan, Baku to seal their place in the Champions League qualifying playoffs.

Leading 1-0 from the first-leg, Emilio Izaguirre was called on early to clear after goalkeeper Craig Gordon flapped at a cross. The keeper then had to deny Richard Almeida after he hammered a shot from 20 yards.

Ronny Deila's men struggled to create and Qarabag defender Rashad Sadygov almost got the equaliser, but his shot flew over the bar. Badavi Guseynov also wasted a good chance before Celtic almost sealed the deal through Stefan Johansen.

The Scottish side held on, though, and ensured that they will be in Friday's draw for the playoff round.

Earlier, a late goal from defender Evgeni Postnikov saw Kazakhstan's FC Astana beat Finland's HJK Helsinki 4-3 in a thrilling match.

The rest of the night's results saw CSKA Moscow and BATE Borisov seal progress, while Swiss side FC Basel also went through with a 4-1 aggregate win over Lech Poznan.

FK Partizan overcame Steaua Bucurest with a 4-2 win on the night and Albanian minnows KF Skenderbeu went through after a 2-0 win over FC Milsami Orhei.

There were some other big casualties though, as Maccabi Tel-Aviv overcame a 2-1 deficit to win 2-0 and beat Viktoria Plzen. Greek giants Panathinaikos went out to Belgian side Club Brugge and Salzburg lost a 2-0 lead to go out 3-2 to Malmo.

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