Ferencvaros in Champions League after 25 years


On Tuesday, Ferencvros ended a 25-year wait to return to the Champions League group stage, granting Hungary a rare spot on the biggest stage for European club soccer players.

Following a 3-3 draw in Norway last week, a 0-0 draw at home to Molde in the second leg of the qualifying playoffs brought Ferencvros through on the away goals rule.

Unit Coach Serhiy Rebrovs will be the first unit from Hungary since Debrecen 11 years ago in the 32-team group stage.

Ferencvros, which played for the last time in the group stage in 1995, will be the lowest-ranking team in the Geneva Thursday draw.

Dynamo Kiev, Rebrov’s former team, also advanced Tuesday by beating Gent’s visit 3-0 to complete a 5-1 aggregate score.

In each half, Dynamo scored from the penalty spot to cement its first group-stage spot in four years under new coach Mircea Lucescu. During a long spell at Dynamos’ biggest rival, Shakhtar Donetsk, the veteran coach was a Champions League regular.

By drawing 0-0 in Cyprus against Omonia for a 2-0 aggregate victory, Olympiakos secured its 20th entry into the Champions League.

Wednesday is when the last three playoff matches are played. All qualification matches in UEFA club competitions are played during the coronavirus pandemic without fans in the stadiums.

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