Teams qualified for the Champions League group stages tonight: Celtic ?? Maribor ?? Napoli ?? Olympiakos ?? Sevilla ?? pic.twitter.com/4Aqd9SJf2j — Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 22, 2017Nice, for whom recent signing Wesley Sneijder started, were thoroughly outplayed over the two legs and will have to settle for a place in the group stage of the Europa League instead. Sevilla, who won the Europa League three years in a row before losing to Leicester City in the last 16 of the Champions League last season, survived an almighty scare against Istanbul Basaksehir to go through. The Spanish side, 2-1 winner in the first leg in Turkey, drew 2-2 at the Sanchez Pizjuan to advance 4-3 on aggregate. They went behind on the night to an Eljero Elia goal but Sergio Escudero headed in a Jesus Navas cross early in the second half for the home side.
That makes it four Spanish teams in the Champions League and no Sevilla in the Sevilla League. — Alexandra Jonson (@AlexandraJonson) August 22, 2017Great play from Nolito then set up Wissam ben Yedder to seemingly end any doubt, but Edin Visca levelled the score again on the night and an Emre Belozoglu free-kick struck the woodwork in the last minute as Sevilla came within a whisker of going out on away goals. Celtic went through 8-4 on aggregate despite losing 4-3 to Astana in the second leg of their play-off in Kazakhstan as a second-half wobble gave their host hope of pulling off a miraculous recovery.
RESULT: Astana 4-3 Celtic (agg: 4-8) @celticfc reach the group stage after the highest-scoring aggregate match in #UCL play-off history! ? pic.twitter.com/cNLlusd3vp — Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 22, 2017But Olivier Ntcham ended Astana's hopes when his deflected strike made it 4-2 on the night before Leigh Griffiths reduced the deficit further in the final minute. Celtic beat Hapoel Beer-Sheva of Israel 5-2 at home in the first leg of the play-offs last year and then wobbled in the return, losing 2-0 to scrape through.
Greek champion Olympiakos are also back in the group stage following a 1-0 victory away to Croatian champion Rijeka that took them through 3-1 on aggregate. German international Marko Marin scored the only goal on the night.
Celtic’s defeat to Astana is their first in all competitions since 23rd November 2016, ending a 40-game unbeaten run. pic.twitter.com/SQ4l0nYMuJ— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 22, 2017
RESULTS Bravo @celticfc, @SevillaFC, @sscnapoli, @nkmaribor & @olympiacos_org ... you're in Thursday's #UCLdraw! ℹ️? https://t.co/0jiwvLpCaK pic.twitter.com/0sPJUBGA9l — Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 22, 2017Maribor of Slovenia also progressed, beating Hapoel Beer-Sheva 1-0 with a Mitja Viler strike as they won the tie on away goals. The remaining five ties will conclude on Wednesday, with the highlight seeing Liverpool take a 2-1 lead into their play-off second leg against Hoffenheim at Anfield. The draw for the lucrative group stage will be held in Monaco on Thursday. RESULTS, 2nd leg Astana 4 (Ajer 26-og, Muzhikov 48, Twumasi 49, 69) Celtic 3 (Sinclair 34, Ntcham 80, Griffiths 90) Celtic won 8-4 on aggregate Maribor 1 (Viler 15) Hapoel 0 Tie level 2-2 on aggregate, Maribor won on away goal Rijeka 0 Olympiakos 1 (Marin 25) Olympiakos won 3-1 on aggregate Nice 0 Napoli 2 (Callejon 48, Insigne 89) Napoli won 4-0 on aggregate Sevilla 2 (Escudero 52, Yedder 75) Basaksehir 2 (Elia 17, Visca 83) Sevilla won 4-3 on aggregate WEDNESDAY'S FIXTURES Slavia v APOEL Copenhagen v Qarabag FCSB v Sporting Liverpool v Hoffenheim CSKA v Young Boys