Group stage regulars CSKA Moskva and Olympiacos have one foot in the play-offs after away victories, while Vardar upset København in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.

League route

AEK Athens 0-2 CSKA Moskva

FCSB 2-2 Viktoria Plzeň

Champions route

Qarabağ 0-0 Sheriff

Slavia Praha 1-0 BATE Borisov

Vardar 1-0 København

Partizan 1-3 Olympiacos

Vanquishers of Malmö in the previous round, Vardar are on the verge of another Nordic scalp after a 1-0 home win against København. Jonathan Balotelli’s volley earned the Macedonian side victory over FCK, group stage contenders last season.

Meanwhile both CSKA Moskva goals, headers by Alan Dzagoev and Pontus Wernbloom, in their 2-0 triumph at AEK Athens came from corners delivered by Vitinho. Another Greek team Olympiacos prevailed in Belgrade against Partizan, thanks largely to El Fardou Ben Nabouhane’s double.

Elsewhere FCSB rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 down to draw with visitors Viktoria Plzeň, and BATE Borisov limited Slavia Praha to only one goal despite playing for 70 minutes with ten men after the dismissal of centre-back Evgeni Yablonski for bringing down Michal Frydrych in the area.

Wednesday’s games

League route

Dynamo Kyiv v Young Boys

Nice v Ajax

Club Brugge v İstanbul Başakşehir

Champions route

Astana v Legia Warszawa

Salzburg v Rijeka

Hapoel Beer-Sheva v Ludogorets

Viitorul v APOEL

Maribor v FH Hafnarfjördur

Celtic v Rosenborg

Second legs: 1 and 2 August

Play-off draw: 4 August