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Ferencvaros, Dynamo and Olympiakos reach Champions League group stage

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Ferencvaros reached the Champions League group stage for the first time in 25 years after a 0-0 draw with Molde in their playoff round return leg on Tuesday sent the Hungarian side through on away goals following a 3-3 draw in Norway.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Play-off – Second Leg – Ferencvaros v Molde – Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary – September 29, 2020 Ferencvaros' Marcel Heister celebrates after the match REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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BUDAPEST: Ferencvaros reached the Champions League group stage for the first time in 25 years after a 0-0 draw with Molde in their playoff round return leg on Tuesday sent the Hungarian side through on away goals following a 3-3 draw in Norway.

Dynamo Kiev joined them after a 3-0 home win over Gent completed their 5-1 aggregate rout of the Belgians, as did Olympiakos Piraeus whose 0-0 draw at Omonoia Nicosia was enough for a 2-0 overall victory against the Cypriots.

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Ferencvaros snatched a fortuitous high-scoring draw in Norway and rode their luck again in Budapest as the visitors missed several chances to advance.

Molde's Etzaz Hussain blazed a shot that was deflected over the bar from close range in the 55th minute before Erik Hestad spurned a gilt-edged opportunity in the 76th, with goalkeeper Denes Dibusz pulling off a fine save.

Substitute Ola Brynhildsen shot inches wide in the dying minutes as Molde piled the pressure on by pounding long balls and crosses into the Ferencvaros penalty area, but the home side's packed defence held firm.

Dynamo's Vitaliy Buyalskiy put them ahead with a classy backheel in the ninth minute before talented midfielder Mykola Shaparenko rattled the post with a superb volley from 20 metres.

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