Berlin (AP) – Former Bayern coach Niko Kovac missed the group stage of the Champions League with the French first division soccer club AS Monaco.
The 49-year-old coach came on Wednesday with Monaco in the qualification in the second leg at Shakhtar Donetsk despite a 2-0 lead at halftime only to a 2-2 after extra time after the Ukrainian team had won the first leg 1-0.
Alexander Nübel, on loan from Bavaria, was in the AS goal, while the German striker Kevin Volland played in the storm and missed the chance to make it 3-1 shortly before the end of regular time. The decisive goal in the 114th minute was an own goal by Ruben Aguilar.
The big surprise in the group stage is Sheriff Tiraspol. The football champions of the Republic of Moldova had already beaten Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 in the first leg – and made it through to 0-0 in the second leg on Wednesday.
The group stage of the most important European football cup also reached RB Salzburg. The Austrian champions won 2-1 (0-2) at Brondby Copenhagen and entered the decisive phase for the third time. Salzburg had already won their first game at home 2-1 against Brondby.