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PAOK into final Europa League qualifying round, Asteras edged out

PAOK cruised into the final qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday thanks to their 4-1 victory over Israeli Bnei Yehuda in third round qualifying tie the Thessaloniki dominated 6-1 on aggregate.

PAOK went behind in Thursday?s game but recovered to qualify comfortably thanks to two goals from Stefanos Athanasiadis and one each from Bertrand Robert and Dimitris Pelkas.

Asteras Tripolis failed to advance despite holding Portuguese side Maritimo to a 0-0 away draw. The Portuguese advanced on the away goals rule having managed a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Liverpool qualified with a 3-0 win over Gomel of Belarus, who they had beaten 2-0 in the away leg.

Scotland’s Dundee United, were thrashed 5-0 at Dynamo Moscow losing by a hefty 7-2 on aggregate.

Italian giants Inter Milan were given a fright when they lost 2-0 at home to Hajduk Split of Croatia. But having won the first leg away 3-0 they scraped through 3-2 on aggregate.

Other top sides to make it through were Marseille of France who defeated Turkey’s Eskisehirspor 3-0 and FC Twente of the Netherlands who swept past Mlada Boleslav of the Czech Republic 4-0 on aggregate on the back of two 2-0 wins.

Belgian club Genk defeated Kazakhstan’s Aktobe 2-1 for a 4-2 aggregate success.