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Manchester United returns to CL fold

A Wayne Rooney hat-trick fired Manchester United back into the group stage of the Champions League with a 4-0 win, 7-1 on aggregate, in its play-off second leg at Club Brugge on Wednesday as Lazio crashed 3-0 at Bayer Leverkusen, 3-1 on aggregate.

On a superb night for Louis van Gaal’s team, Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay had a role in Rooney’s first two goals on 20 and 49 minutes, with a Juan Mata cross eight minutes later allowing the United captain to complete his hat-trick.

Spaniard Ander Herrera compounded a night of misery for the Belgian club after 63 minutes following a Bastian Schweinsteiger cross to put the three-time winner through in style, despite substitute Javier Hernandez missing a late penalty.

Astana makes history

Astana made history as it became the first Kazakh team to qualify for the main competition with a 1-1 draw at Cypriot side APOEL in a 2-1 aggregate victory.

The results:

At Nicosia: APOEL 1 (Stilic 60) drew with Astana 1 (Maksimovic 84). Astana qualifies 2-1 on aggregate.

At Belgrade: Partizan Belgrade 2 (Zhaunerchyk 74-o.g., Saponjic 90+3) bt BATE Borisov 1 (Stasevich 25). BATE win on away goals rule after tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

At Moscow: CSKA Moscow 3 (Doumbia 49, 72, Musa 85) bt Sporting Lisbon 1 (Guttierez 36). CSKA qualifies 4-3 on aggregate.

At Bruges: Club Brugge 0 lost to Manchester United 4 (Rooney 20, 49, 57; Herrera 63). Manchester United wins 7-1 on aggregate.

At Leverkusen: Bayer Leverkusen 3 (Calhanoglu 40, Mehmedi 48, Bellarabi 88) bt Lazio (ITA) 0. Bayer wins 3-1 on aggregate.

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