Celtic books place in Champions League group stage

Scottish side Celtic punched its ticket for the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday, earning a 2-0 win over Helsingborg at Parkhead to go through 4-0 on aggregate.

After emerging from the Olympiastadion with a 2-0 victory last week, the Hoops clinched their spot in the group stage of world football's most prestigious club cup competition thanks to goals on either side of halftime.

Gary Hooper provided the extra insurance goal for Celtic in the 30th minute, while Victor Wanyama's strike two minutes from time added insult to injury for the visiting Swedes.

Also advancing to the group stage on Wednesday, CFR Cluj edged Basel 1-0 to go through 3-1 on aggregate, Dynamo Kyiv advanced 4-3 on aggregate despite falling to Monchengladbach 2-1 in the second leg, Spartak Moscow tied Fenerbahce 1-1 to advance 3-2 on aggregate, and Lille needed extra time to claim a 2-0 win over Copenhagen and advance 2-1 on aggregate.

The Champions League group stage draw will be held on Thursday.