Soccer-Basel and Lyon hold nerve to reach Champions League playoffs (Reuters)

By Robert Woodward Aug 6 (Reuters) – Basel blew a three-goal lead but hung on to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday and seal a place in the Champions League playoffs. The Swiss champions will be joined on the last step before the lucrative group stage by Olympique Lyon, who won 1-0 at Grasshoppers, Steaua Bucharest, Fenerbahce, Slovenia’s Maribor, Bulgarian side Ludogorets and Shakhtyor IK of Kazakhstan. …

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