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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Loko Crashes in European Qualifier

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LONDON — Turkish club Besiktas and Germany’s Hamburg SV look set for a place in the Champions League after both scored clear wins in qualifying ties Tuesday.

Besiktas was a 3-0 home winner over Lokomotiv Moscow, while Hamburg, which lifted the European Cup in 1983, beat Denmark’s Brondby 2-0 away in third-round, first-leg matches.

There were victories too for Austria’s Sturm Graz, which snatched a last-minute 2-1 win over Feyenoord, and Sparta Prague, which beat Zimbru Chisinau 1-0 in Moldova.

Winners in the third round will play in the lucrative group phase of Europe’s flagship club tournament.

Sergej Barbarez and Mehdi Mahdavikia struck for Hamburg in the last 10 minutes, against the run of play.

Barbarez headed home Mahdavikia’s curling free kick in the 83rd minute and returned the favor two minutes later, supplying the pass for Mahdavikia to steer home a low shot.

Nihat Kahveci, Pascal Nouma and Miroslav Karhan got the goals for Besiktas’ easy win against Lokomotiv Moscow in Istanbul.

In Chisinau, Josef Obajdin headed Sparta Prague’s winner in the 61st minute, outjumping his marker to meet Tomas Rosicky’s cross with a powerful header into the top corner.

Markus Schopp converted two penalties — the second in injury time — to give Sturm Graz its win, after Igor Korneev had given Feyenoord a seventh-minute lead with a crisp volley.

Feyenoord’s Julio Ricardo Cruz was sent off for a foul four minutes into injury time and will miss the second leg in Rotterdam in two weeks.

Six teams were meanwhile playing in the Intertoto Cup finals to decide which three will reach the first round of the UEFA Cup.

VfB Stuttgart secured a 2-0 away win over Auxerre, which secured the French league and cup double in 1996, while Spain’s Celta Vigo needed an injury-time strike from defender Juanfran to earn a 2-1 win over Zenit St. Petersburg.

The Spanish side, strong favorite to go on and take a place in the first round of the UEFA Cup, suffered a setback in the second minute as Alexei Igonin put the visitors ahead.

But Russian international Valery Karpin equalized for Celta midway through the first half before Juanfran’s dramatic late intervention sealed a narrow win for the home side.

Italy’s Udinese drew 2-2 away to Sigma Olomuc of the Czech Republic after trailing 2-0.