Champions League round-up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax and Werder Bremen overcame scares to advance in the Champions League.Ajax and Werder Bremen both overcame scares to move into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Dutch giants Ajax gained a creditable 2-2 draw in the first leg of their third round qualifier with Brondby but were on the back foot at the Amsterdam ArenA at half time.
Johan Elmander's goal a minute before the beak put the Danes ahead but the lead was shortlived as Ryan Babel equalised on 50 minutes.
Holland international Wesley Sneijder then scored twice in the final 10 minutes to earn Ajax a 3-1 win on the night, and a 5-3 aggregate triumph.
Werder trailed 2-1 heading into the second leg of their tie with Basel and were frustrated for long periods on home soil.
It was not until the 65th minute that Werder made the breakthrough when they stunned Basel with a three-goal blast in the space of seven minutes.
Ivan Klasnic netted the first, and the third, while sandwiched in between was a Tim Borowski penalty.
The German outfit had Miroslav Klose sent off for a second yellow card on 79 minutes but they held on to see off Basel.
Internazionale saw off Shakhtar Donetsk after a 1-1 draw in Italy earned Roberto Mancini's side a 3-1 aggregate win.
Alvaro Recoba opened the scoring on 12 minutes before the Ukrainians restored some pride via Blano Blumer's 25th minute equaliser.
Anderlecht ultimately advanced to the group phase of the Champions League in comfortable fashion after a 2-0 victory at Slavia Prague.
The Belgian club had a 2-1 lead from the first leg and Serhat Akin's 72nd minute goal tightened Anderlecht's grip on the tie.
Mbo Mpenza added another goal six minutes from time to deny Slavia a spot in the Champions League proper.
Club Brugge left it late to join compatriots Anderlecht in the Champions League as they beat Valerenga on penalties.
The Norwegian outfit were valiantly holding on to a one-goal advantage until former Aston Villa flop Bosko Balaban scored on 79 minutes.
Valerenga then had Kjetil Waehler sent off for deliberate handball, but survived extra time, only to lose 4-3 in the shoot-out.
Click below for an individual match report:
Ajax 3-1 Brondby (Ajax win 5-3 on aggregate)
Club Brugge 1-0 Valerenga (1-1 on aggregate, Brugge win 4-3 on penalties)
Inter 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk (Inter win 3-1 on aggregate)
Slavia Prague 0-2 Anderlecht (Anderlecht win 4-1 on aggregate)
Werder Bremen 3-0 Basel (Werder win 4-2 on aggregate)