x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Racing Genk come away from Maccabi Haifa with away goal

Al Jazira-bound coach Franky Vercauteren saw his present side Genk score an important away goal in a 2-1 defeat to Maccabi Haifa in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

Al Jazira-bound coach Franky Vercauteren saw his present side Genk score an important away goal in a 2-1 defeat to Maccabi Haifa in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

The Belgian, who has signed a two-year contract with the Abu Dhabi club, is overseeing Genk's quest to reach the Champions League group stages before arriving in the UAE.

The Israelis were in the ascendancy when goals from Weam Amasha and Vladimir Dvalishvili put them 2-0 up before the half-hour mark, but the Israel international Elyaniv Barda brought Genk right back into the tie by pulling one back in the 61st minute.

Elsewhere in the Champions League final qualifying round, Bayern Munich beat Zurich 2-0 at the Allianz Arena.

The Bundesliga side, who reached the final of the competition in 2010, went ahead after Bastian Schweinsteiger's eighth-minute strike.

Arjen Robben doubled their advantage in the 72nd minute to put Jupp Heynckes' side in the driving seat ahead of the second leg.

The visitors had Mathieu Beda sent off in the 90th minute.

Dynamo Zagreb scored three second-half goals to beat Malmo 4-1.

The Swedish side, who knocked out Rangers in the last round, were well placed at half time with the score at 1-1, Agon Mehmeti cancelling out Jorge Sammir's early goal for the Croatians.

But the hosts seized the initiative after the break. Ante Rukavina restored their lead in the 54th minute, Sammir got his second from the penalty spot and Milan Badelj made it four six minutes from time.

Odense claimed a 1-0 win at home to Villarreal thanks to Henrik Andreasen's 84th-minute effort.

Wisla Kraków won 1-0 at home to Apoel Nicosia, Patryk Malecki on target 19 minutes from time.