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FC Copenhagen scored twice in the second half to knock Ajax out of the UEFA Champions League on a dramatic night of European football.

The Danish side managed to overcome their 2-1 deficit from the first leg to win 3-2 on aggregate at The Amsterdam ArenA.

Although Ajax dominated the first half and hit the post after eight minutes through Ryan Babel, they were made to pay for their missed chances after the interval.

Michael Silberbauer nodded in the first at the back post on 59 minutes before Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen scored an own goal 10 minutes later to hand Copenhagen a historic win.  

Spartak Moscow qualified for the group stages with a 2-1 win over ten-man Slovan Liberec.

With the game all-square from the goalless first leg, Spartak broke the deadlock in the tie through Mozart on 23 minutes.

Things got worse for Liberec just before the hour mark when Tomas Zapotocny was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The ten-men then stunned Spartak by drawing level on 73 minutes, with Ivan Hodur converting from the penalty spot.

Roman Pavluchenko grabbed the all-important winning goal for Spartak on 79 minutes to send them through to the group stages of the Champions League.

Galatasaray eased into the group stages with a 6-3 aggregate success over Mlada Boleslav after a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.

Hasan Sas gave Galatasaray the lead on 73 minutes and although Marian Palat equalised for the home side two minutes from time. it was nothing more than a consolation.

Meanwhile, fellow Turks Fenerbahce were knocked out after a 2-2 draw at home to Dynamo Kiev.

The vistors went ahead through Maksim Shatskikh before Appiah equalised in Istanbul.

Shatskikh then doubled his individual and team's tally to make it 2-1 to Kiev on 42 minutes, before Kerim hit the last goal of the game on 57 minutes to see Kiev through 5-3 on aggregate.

Steaua Bucharest edged out Standard Liege 2-1 to progress 4-3 on aggregate.

Milan Jovanovic gave Standard a dream start with the opening goal after just two minutes to level the scores on aggregate.

Valentin Badea drew Steaua level on 35 minutes and he put them in front in the tie with his second goal six minutes after the break.

Any hope Standard had of getting back into the game went up in smoke when Ricardo Sa Pinto was sent off for a second bookable offence eight minutes from time.

Lille coasted into Thursday's draw for the group stages with a 4-0 aggregate success over Rabotnicki Kometal.

Johan Audel netted the winner for Lille on 18 minutes and Rabotnicki ended the game with just ten men after Dragan Jankolovski was sent off late on.

Levski Sofia found their way past Chievo Verona with a 2-2 draw away from home. Goals from Dimitar Tlkiyski and Cedric Bardon either side of half time, secured the result of the tie.

Two goals from Amauri gave Chievo hope late on, but it was too little too late as they dropped out of the tournament 4-2 on aggregate.

Shakhtar Donetsk won 3-2 in Warsaw to win their way into the group stages of the competiton in what proved to be a frantic affair.

Piotr Wlodarczyk put Legia Warsaw into an early lead before two goals from Ciprian Marica and one from Fernandinho put Shakthar into a 3-1 lead.

Wlodarczyk scored a late consolation goal for the Poles, but Shakhtar sailed through 4-2 on aggregate.  

CSKA Moscow's 2-0 win through goals from Daniel Carvalho and Vagner Love book them a place in the group stages - courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate win over Ruzomberok.

Ajax 0-2 FC Copenhagen (2-3 on agg)
Chievo 2-2 Levski Sofia (2-4 on agg)
Fenerbahce 2-2 Dynamo Kiev (3-5 on agg)
Legia Warsaw 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk (2-4 on agg)
Mlada Boleslav 1-1 Galatasary (3-6 on agg)
Rabotnicki Kometal 0-1 Lille (0-4 on agg)
SCP Ruzomberok 0-2 CSKA Moscow (0-5 on agg)
Spartak Moscow 2-1 Liberec (2-1 on agg)
Steaua Bucharest 2-1 Standard Liege (4-3 on agg)