Ros­tov ad­vances to Europa League

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FC Ros­tov earned a place in the Europa League by hold­ing PSV Eind­hoven to a 0-0 draw in Group D of the Cham­pi­ons League yes­ter­day.

With both teams al­ready out of con­tention for a spot in the knock­out stage of the Cham­pi­ons League, Ros­tov only needed the draw to get into Europe’s sec­ond-tier com­pe­ti­tion and rarely threat­ened PSV. Nei­ther side had an at­tempt on tar­get un­til Sar­dar Az­moun shook off Daniel Sch­waab in the 67th minute and fired a shot straight at Jeroen Zoet in the PSV goal.

PSV only threat­ened late af­ter coach Phillip Cocu brought on three at­tack­ing sub­sti­tutes.

Steven Berg­wijn fi­nally got PSV’s first shot on goal in the 75th, and Bart Ram­se­laar came close to steal­ing the three points in the 86th but his shot was cleared off the goal line by Vladimir Granat. The Dutch cham­pion fin­ished its Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign with just two points.

“We fought today and it wasn’t enough,” said PSV cap­tain Luuk de Jong. — AP

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