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UCL PlayOff ; Roma implode to lose at the hands of Porto

Italian side Roma failed to reach the Champions League group stage after having two men sent off in a 3-0 second-leg defeat by Porto.

Roma were the favourites after drawing 1-1 in Portugal, but went behind when Felipe gave the visitors an early lead.

They imploded as Daniele de Rossi and Emerson Palmieri were shown straight red cards either side of half-time.

Miguel Layun slotted in Porto’s second, before Jesus Corona turned his marker to add the third moments later.

Roma are the third Serie A team in successive years to lose in the play-off round, leaving Juventus and Napoli to represent Italy in Thursday’s group-stage draw.

Elsewhere, Celtic survived a scare from Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva, qualifying 5-4 on aggregate to reach the group stage for the first time in three seasons.

Monaco also beat Villarreal 1-0 as a late penalty by Fabinho sealed a 3-1 aggregate win.

 

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