The 2004 champion was defeated by Russian club Krasnodar by the away goal rule in the third qualifying round.
Porto won 1-0 away from home in the first leg. However, dramatic happenings took place in the second leg when coach Sergio Conceicao’s side were soon conceded by Dutch midfielder Tonny Vilhena. Shapi Suleymanov then scored two consecutive goals to help Krasnodar lead 3-0 after the first half.
Ze Luis and Luis Diaz’s second goal in the second half only helped Porto equalize after 3-3 matches, but the Portuguese team was still eliminated by the away goal rule.
Winning a surprise victory, Krasnodar will meet the Greek club Olympiacos in the play-off round to win tickets to the Champions League group stage. Olympiacos overcame Basaksehir Turkey 3-0 to continue. This is Porto’s second absence in the Champions League. When Jose Mourinho led the club to the championship in 2004, Krasnodar didn’t even exist. The third club in the Russian championship last season was established in 2008.
In the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, Ajax experienced a heartbreaking match against Greek champion PAOK Salonika. After two 2-2 draws in the first leg, PAOK took the lead in the Netherlands thanks to a strike from Diego Biseswar – an adult player from Ajax training.
Dusan Tadic missed a penalty but then equalized for Ajax on the spot 11m at the end of the first half. Nicolas Tagliafico scored the second half with 10 minutes remaining to help Ajax lead 4-3 after two matches. Tadic once again scored a successful penalty to determine the ticket for the Dutch team, although Biseswar had another goal in injury time.
Ajax will face Cyprus club APOEL Nicosia in the play-off round. This team beat Qarabag 2-0 away in the second leg after losing 1-2 in the first leg. In another match, Belgian Club Club Brugge overcame Dynamo Kyiv 4-3 after the two teams drew 3-3 in the second leg.