Socceroo Awer Mabil stars as Midtjylland qualify for UCL group stage


Socceroos winger Awer Mabil will compete in this year's European Champions League after helping FC Midtjylland qualify for the group stage for the first time.

Midtjylland came back from a goal down to beat Slavia Prague 4-1 in the second leg of their play-off on Thursday morning AEST, with Mabil providing the assist for their equalising goal.

After drawing 0-0 in last week's away leg, Midtjylland conceded the opener to Peter Olayinka just three minutes into the match.

It would take them another 62 minutes to find an equaliser.

With his side trailing in the 65th minute, Mabil whipped in a brilliant cross from the left wing, with Sory Kaba making a fine run to head home at the back post.

From there, Midtjylland buried three unanswered goals in the 84th, 88th and 91st minutes to seal qualification.

Mabil, 25, could yet be the only Socceroo involved in this season's Champions League.

Aziz Behich's Istanbul Basaksehir have also qualified but the Socceroos full-back has been linked to a season-long loan move to fellow Turkish club Kayserispor.

Midtjylland and Istanbul Basaksehir are in pot four for the group stage draw.

Source AAP