Stunning start to CL playoffs
The 2013/14 playoffs for the Uefa Champions League season got off to a spectacular start.
LONDON - Real Sociedad scored two brilliant goals to win 2-0 against a stunned Olympique Lyonnais side who finished with 10 men while AC Milan held PSV Eindhoven to a 1-1 draw in Champions League playoff first legs on Tuesday.
Mexican Carlos Vela laid on Sociedad's opener in the 17th minute with a fine cross from the left, which Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, playing against his boyhood club, volleyed, into the net with a bicycle kick from the edge of the box.
Swiss forward Haris Seferovic increased the Spanish side's lead five minutes after the break with another fine shot inside goalkeeper Anthony Lopes's near post.
Lyon defender Milan Bisevac was sent off after fouling Vela just outside the box in the 75th to earn a second booking.
Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Roman Shirokov netted a hat-trick as the Russian team made light of the absence of Brazil striker Hulk to thump Pacos de Ferreira 4-1 away in Porto.
In the early kickoff, Shakhter Karagandy upset former European champions Celtic 2-0 to stay on course to become the first Kazakh side to reach the group stage while Czech champions Viktoria Plzen beat Slovenia's Maribor 3-1 at home.
Milan have a slight advantage after their draw at PSV in a clash between former European Cup winners.
Italy striker Stephan El Shaarawy headed the opener with Tim Matavz equalising for PSV from a rebound after Christian Abbiati failed to hold Jeffrey Bruma's scorching drive on the hour.
Zenit virtually sealed their berth in the lucrative group stage with their thumping victory at the Dragao, home of Hulk's former club Porto, with modest Pacos facing an uphill struggle to get back into the tie in next week's second leg in Russia.
Hulk missed a return to Porto after suffering an injury during a Russian league game at the weekend.
There are five more Champions League playoff first legs on Wednesday with the return matches scheduled for next week.