International Soccer
 
            === Arsenal cruises past Fenerbahce in CL qualifiers ===
 
 London, England (Sports Network) - Arsenal punched its ticket to the Champions
 League  group  stage with  relative ease  on Tuesday, earning  a 2-0 defeat of
 Fenerbahce to advance by a 5-0 aggregate score.
 
 The  Gunners claimed a 3-0 victory in Turkey last Wednesday to put one foot in
 the  group  stage, and Tuesday's  result officially  sealed their place to the
 round of 32 for a 16th straight season.
 
 Aaron Ramsey played a starring role in the second leg as he opened the scoring
 in the 25th minute when he slammed home a loose ball for an easy finish.
 
 The  Welsh  international completed his  brace on  the other side of halftime,
 turning  in  a cross  from Theo  Walcott in the  72nd minute  to add insult to
 injury for the Turkish club.
 
 Arsenal's  win  came at a price,  though, as striker Lukas Podolski limped off
 the  pitch five  minutes into the second half with a hamstring injury, putting
 his status for Sunday's London derby against Tottenham in jeopardy.
 
 Austria  Vienna will  join Arsenal in the Champions League group stage despite
 falling  to  Dinamo Zagreb in  a 3-2 loss  on Tuesday as  a 2-0 victory in the
 opening  leg was  enough to see the  Swiss side advance behind a 4-3 aggregate
 score.
 
 Schalke  narrowly advanced as well as the Bundesliga side needed a 3-2 victory
 at PAOK on Tuesday to make up for a 1-1 draw in the opening leg.
 
 Also  securing places  in the  group  stage on  Tuesday were  FC Basel,  which
 advanced  ahead  of Ludogorets  behind an  aggregate score  of 6-2, and Steaua
 Bucurest,  which  escaped its 3-3  aggregate tie  against Legia Warsaw on away
 goals.
 
 Champions  League  qualifiers continue  Wednesday  with  Zenit St.  Petersburg
 hosting  Pacos Ferreira,  PSV Eindhoven heading to  the San Siro to take on AC
 Milan,  Celtic welcoming  Shakhter Karagandy to Parkhead, Plzen facing Maribor
 in Slovenia and Real Sociedad hosting Lyon at the Anoeta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/27 17:17:59 ET

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