Degenek in action as Red Star make Champions League


Socceroo Milos Degenek's Red Star Belgrade are back in the UEFA Champions League after drawing 1-1 with Switzerland's Young Boys in Wednesday's play-off second leg (AEST) to advance 3-3 on aggregate.

Degenek scored in the crucial 2-2 away draw in the first leg which proved priceless in the tie.

Aleksa Vukanovic sent the Serbian hosts ahead, before Ben Nabouhane's 82nd-minute own goal set up a tense finale as Red Star were reduced to 10 men during the sixth minute of added time.

But Degenek, who received a yellow card in the early stages, starred at the heart of defence to deny the visitors.

The draw for the Champions League group stage takes place on Friday (AEST) and Red Star famously beat eventual champions Liverpool in their earlier round match in Belgrade.

Also advancing were Greek giants Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb after they both scored wins on Wednesday (AEST).

Olympiacos won 2-1 against Krasnodar in Russia thanks to Youssef El-Arabi's brace, for a 6-1 aggregate win.

Dinamo Zagreb drew 1-1 at Rosenborg which was enough to see them progress 3-1 on aggregate.

Babajide David scored in the 11th minute for Rosenborg and Amer Gojak replied in the 71st for the Croatian club.

Source AAP