Football: Nine-man Roma miss out on Champions League

Referee Szymon Marciniak (centre) talks with Roma's players after issuing a red card during the UEFA Champions League qualification playoff round second leg soccer match between AS Roma and FC Porto at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy on Aug 23.
Referee Szymon Marciniak (centre) talks with Roma's players after issuing a red card during the UEFA Champions League qualification playoff round second leg soccer match between AS Roma and FC Porto at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy on Aug 23.PHOTO: EPA

BERNE (REUTERS) - AS Roma missed out on the Champions League group stage after having two players sent off and losing 0-3 at home to Porto in their playoff second leg on Tuesday.

Roma, who drew 1-1 in Portugal, started as favourites but never recovered after Felipe gave the visitors an eighth-minute lead and the Italians imploded when Daniele De Rossi and Emerson Palmieri were shown straight red cards either side of half-time.

Monaco joined Porto in advancing with a 1-0 win over Villarreal, a 90th-minute penalty by Fabinho securing a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Legia Warsaw, Celtic and Ludogorets Razgrad also qualified for the group stage, although none of them won on the night.

Poland's Legia drew 1-1 at home to Dundalk but progressed 3-1 on aggregate.

Celtic squeezed past Hapoel Beer Sheva 5-4 on aggregate despite a 0-2 loss in Israel.

Ludogorets held Viktoria Plzen 2-2 away to complete a 4-2 aggregate win.