Rangers, managed by former Champions League winner Sveven Gerrard, enjoyed better fortunes among the British contingent advancing 2-1 on aggregate after holding Russian side FC Ufa to a 1-1 away draw despite ending the contest with nine men
Playing in their first European campaign in half a century, Burnley ran out of juice Thursday as they bowed out in their Europa League qualifier against Olympiakos while Rangers and Celtic both advanced.
The Greeks had given Sean Dyche's men a steep hill to climb after winning 3-1 on home soil and the visitor dug in at Turf Moor to hold the Clarets to a 1-1 draw for a 4-2 aggregate success.
Daniel Podence lashed the Greeks ahead with seven minutes remaining.
And though Matej Vydra poked home to level shortly after the restart that was as good as it got for Burnley, whose focus reverts sharply to the Premier League.
In the crowd rather than at the Champions League draw in Monaco, which saw his side handed meetings with Juventus for a reunion with his former Real Madrid charge Cristiano Ronaldo, was Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
4 - Burnley’s elimination from Europa League qualifying means that four of the last five English sides to take part in qualification have failed to reach the main stage of the tournament (also West Ham in 16/17 & 15/16, and Southampton in 15/16). Departure. pic.twitter.com/gFzIKQySTt— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 30, 2018
Mourinho was busy scouting this weekend's opponent as he seeks to galvanise his side after two losses in three league games.Rangers, managed by former Champions League winner Sveven Gerrard, enjoyed better fortunes among the British contingent advancing 2-1 on aggregate after holding Russian side FC Ufa to a 1-1 away draw despite ending the contest with nine men.
Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria scored for the Glaswegians, who lost Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan to dismissals either side of the break.
Dmitri Sysuev netted the Russian consolation as Gerrard's Gers won through to the European group stage games for the first time in eight seasons, a perfect platform for Sunday's Old Firm meeting with Celtic.
Celtic themselves also eased through a decade on from both Glasgow clubs competing on the Champions League stage - in their case with something to spare as the Bhoys saw off Lithuania's Suduva 3-0 at home.
Goals from Leigh Griffiths, Callum McGregor and Kristoffer Ajer gave Celtic a 4-1 aggregate win.
Mourinho at Burnley with opposition scout Ricardo Formosinho to watch their Europa League tie vs Olympiakos. #mufc— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 30, 2018
Elsewhere, Dudelange of Luxembourg scored an upset win over Romania's Cluj, advancing 5-2 on aggregate after knocking their rival over home and away.
Dudelange had already caused a stir when, after first seeing off Kosovo's FC Drita, they shunted out Poland's Legia Warsaw. Once again, Eastern European climes appeared to agree with them with Danel Sinani's early second half brace proving key as the Luxembourgers became the first team from their country ever to make it as far as the group stage.
Friday's group draw is being held in Monaco from 1000 GMT and the likes of Dudelange will be hoping for their day in the spotlight against favourites including the well-heeled likes of English pair Arsenal and Chelsea, or even AC Milan.
In other games, FC Basel, who have made several forays into the Champions League, slid out on away goals to Apollon Limassol of Cyprus after the latter won 1-0 at home having succumbed 3-2 away.
Red Bull Leipzig crept past Zorya Luhanskof Ukraine 3-2 in German after a goalless first leg and Russia's Zenit Saint Petersburg beat Norway's Molde 4-3 on aggregate despite losing 2-1 away.
A huge step forward by Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in Europe. Bombed out by the fourth best team in Luxembourg last season and now going to Croatia, Slovenia and Russia and getting the job done. A powerful new spirit there. Changed days.— Tom English (@BBCTomEnglish) August 30, 2018
Five-time winner Sevilla made into the hat at the expense of Sigma Olomouc, who they beat 1-0 away and then 3-0 at home.
Burnley 1 Olympiakos 1
(Olympiakos won 4-2 on aggregate)
Ufa 1 Rangers 1
(Rangers won 2-1 on agg)
Sevilla 3 Sigma 0
(Sevilla won 4-0 on agg)
Celtic 3 Suduva 0
(Celtic won 4-1 on agg)
Astana 1 APOEL 0
(Agg 1-1; Astana won 2-1 on penalties)
Larnaca 3 Trencin 0
(Larnaca won 4-1 on agg)
Copenhagen 0 Atalanta 0
(Agg 0-0; Copenhagen won 4-3 on penalties)
Ludogorets 4 Kutaisi 0
(Ludogorets won 5-0 on agg)
Leipzig 3 Luhansk 2
(Leipzig won 3-2 on agg)
Limassol 1 Basel 0
(Agg 3-3; Limassol won on away goals)
Cluj 2 Dudelange 3
(Dudelange won 5-2 on agg)
Molde 2 Zenit 1
(Zenit won 4-3 on agg)
Maccabi 2 Sarpsborg 1
(Sarpsborg won 4-3 win on agg)
Steaua 2 Rapid 1
(Rapid won 4-3 on agg)
Qarabag 3 Sheriff 0
(Qarabag won 3-1 on agg)
Midtjylland 0 Malmo 2
(Malmo won 4-2 on agg)
Trnava 1 Ljubljana 1
(Trnava won 3-1 on agg)
Brondby 2 Genk 4
(Genk won 9-4 on agg)
Besiktas 3 Partizan 0
(Besiktas won 4-1 on agg)
Skendija 0 Rosenborg 2
(Rosenborg won 5-1 on agg)
Bordeaux 2 Gent 0
(Bordeaux won 2-0 on agg)
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