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Football: Ba hat-trick fires Besiktas, Celtic humbled in Champions League qualifiers

Published on Aug 7, 2014 10:21 AM
Malmo's Markus Rosenberg celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Champions League match between Malmo and Sparta Prague at Swedbank stadium in Malmo on Aug 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERNE (REUTERS) - A Demba Ba hat-trick sent Besiktas into the Champions League play-off round at the expense of former winners Feyenoord and past champions Celtic were humiliated 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw on Wednesday.

Ludogorets Razgrad went through on away goals after a dramatic 2-2 draw at 10-man Partizan Belgrade and Zenit St Petersburg scored three second-half goals to end a brave challenge from AEL Limassol

Scotland's Celtic, who reached the last 16 two seasons ago and beat Barcelona on the way, were humbled 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw after losing the second leg 2-0 at home.

Michal Zyro and Michal Kucharczyk scored in each half to take the Polish champions within two games of their first group stage appearance since 1995-96.

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