Anthony Reveillere of Lyon controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Real Madrid and Lyon at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

UEFA Champions League Playoff Round, Second Legs: Lyon, Plzen, Benfica And BATE Advance

Lyon are through to the Champions League group stages after defeating Rubin Kazan 4-2

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UEFA Champions League Playoff Round, Second Legs: Final Scores, Four Teams Advance And Fill Out Group Stages

Between Arsenal defeating UdineseLyon defeating Rubin earlier today, and Trabzonspor being named Fenerbahce's replacement, the entire group stage for the UEFA Champions League is now filled out and the draw will take place tomorrow. Besides Arsenal, three more teams advanced out of the late afternoon games.

Benfica 3-1 Twente (Benfica advance 5-3 on aggregate)

The first half between Benfica and Twente wasn't terribly thrilling, but the hosts seriously turned on the style in the second half. New signing Axel Witsel opened the scoring shortly after the half began with an overhead kick on a set piece, then later completed his brace after Luisao scored Benfica's second. Bryan Ruiz netted in the 85th because Benfica are incapable of keeping clean sheets.

SK Sturm Graz 0-2 BATE Borisov (BATE advance 3-1 on aggregate)

After getting a score draw in Bulgaria last week, Sturm Graz were favorites to advance over BATE. Instead, they fell flat on their faces at home in Austria as BATE played themselves into the last 32 once again.

Viktoria Plzen 2-1 FC Copenhagen (Plzen advance 5-2 on aggregate)

And now for the most disappointing team of the round, FC Copenhagen. Despite their fantastic showing in last year's tournament and during their domestic football season, they got absolutely smacked over the course of 180 minutes by Plzen, including a 3-1 loss at home last week. Something tells me Zanka won't be getting a big money move in the near future.


Rubin Kazan Vs. Olympique Lyonnais, UEFA Champions League: Full Time, Lyon Advance 4-2 On Aggregate

Rubin Kazan didn't step on the gas until there was just under 30 minutes remaining in their UEFA Champions League tie against Olympique Lyonnais, and that eventually came back to bite them. Bebars Natcho scored for the home side in the 77th minute, bringing the score back to a 3-2 Lyon aggregate lead, but Sidy Kone put the nail in the coffin with a goal in the 85th minute, securing passage into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Unfortunately for Rubin, they're not one of the teams likely to be in the running to replace Fenerbahce in the group stages, and their Champions League journey ended today. They will drop down into the group stages of the UEFA Europa League.

Lyon's fans will be more relieved than elated to progress to the next stage of the competition, as getting into the group stages of Champions League are a bare minimum goal for a team who routinely makes the knockout stages. Lyon were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Round of 16 last season and made it to the semifinals in the 2009-10 competition.


Rubin Kazan Vs. Olympique Lyonnais, UEFA Champions League: Halftime, Lyon In Control After Scoreless 45 Minutes

Based on the way Rubin Kazan have played in the early going against Olympique Lyonnais, it appears that they don't have the slightest clue that they're trailing 3-1 in the series. That's not to say that Rubin have been bad; they're doing a decent job of defending and of passing the ball. However, their style of play has been a tad bit negative for anyone and extremely negative for a team that need two goals. At halftime, the score is tied at 0-0, leaving Rubin trailing on aggregate by two goals.

Rubin's variation on 3-6-1 has left Vladimir Dyadyun isolated up top as they have packed the midfield and struggled to get men forward. Igor Lebedenko should be supporting him, in theory, but has played very deep for a team who - and this bears repeating - needs to score two goals.

Lyon have not sat on their lead and have been the much more ambitious of the two teams. Rubin have not done much to create any clear cut chances, and their manager Remi Garde will be confident going into the second half.

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