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Hulk helps Zenit advance while Porto cruise past Lille

Here’s the best of the rest of Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier action.

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PORTO CRUISED INTO  the group stage of the Champions League as they added a 2- 0 home win over Lille to their one-goal advantage from the first leg.

Yacine Brahimi got the ball rolling with a superb curling free-kick from 25 yards before Jackson Martinez breached the Lille defence to drill a low effort beyond goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Hulk netted a brace as Zenit beat Standard Liege 3-0 to seal a 4-0 success on aggregate, in a match that saw both sides end with 10 men.

Salomon Rondon opened the scoring with a simple header after Eiji Kawashima had parried into his path before Viktor Faizulin saw red for a second bookable offence.

Despite being a man down, Zenit extended their lead when Hulk scored his first from the penalty spot after Igor Smolnikov was felled by Jelle Van Damme.

His second was a sensational solo effort. After picking up the ball in his own half, Hulk powered his way through the Standard half and placed his shot in the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

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Ricardo Faty’s red card in the closing stages rubbed salt in the wound for Standard.

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In the day’s remaining fixture, BATE put three past Slovan Bratislava as they claimed a 4-1 win over the two legs.

Mikhail Gordeychuk, Sergey Krivets and Vitali Rodionov notched, with each of their efforts coming from a central area in the penalty box, raising question marks about the quality of the visitors’ defending.

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