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. 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.

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