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UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds: Celtic, Helsinki on front foot

Celtic v Den Bosh - Pre Season Friendly paisley

PAISLEY, SCOTLAND - JULY 01: Dedryk Boyata of Celtic in action against Den Bosch during the Pre Season Friendly between Celtic and De Bosch at St Mirren Park on July 01, 2015 in Paisley, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

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Celtic is on the verge of advancing in the UEFA Champions League after a 2-0 win over visiting Stjarnan in Glasgow on Wednesday.

The Scottish club has a two-goal advantage without conceding at home, as former Man City center back Dedryck Boyata and Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen scored for the Bhoys.

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Several UCL group stage contenders may not make it to the next round after disappointing home legs. BATE Borisov gave up an away goal to Dundalk, while Ludogorts Razgard trails 1-0 to Milsami Orhei.

After second legs next week, it’s on to the third qualifying round, and then a playoff round in which Sporting CP, Lazio, Manchester United, Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen join the fray.

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Malmo 0-0 Zalgiris
BATE Borisov 2-1 Dundalk
Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Fola Esch
Skenderbeu Korce 4-1 Crusaders
The New Saints 0-1 Videoton
FK Ventspils 1-3 HJK Helsinki
Apoel Nicosia 0-0 Vardar
FC Midtjylland 1-0 Lincoln Red Imps
Ludogorets Razgrad 0-1 Milsami Orhei
Hibernians 2-1 Maccabi Tel Aviv

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