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Ajax took the lead in the 57th in Kiev when Jan Vertonghen headed in a free kick after Dynamo’s Denys Harmash had been sent off for a second yellow card. But Oleh Husev salvaged a 1-1 draw for 10-man Dynamo Kiev just nine minutes later when he broke free through the middle and slotted home.

Alexander Kerzhakov scored for Zenit in the third minute with a glancing header from 6 yards that bounced past goalkeeper Olivier Sorin.

Zenit dominated the first half but was unable to convert several chances. In a more even second half, Auxerre could have evened it but Polish striker Ireneusz Jelen lobbed the ball over the top after latching onto a long pass.

Strikers Momodou Ceesay and Tomas Oravec scored in the second half to lead Zilina 2-0 over Sparta Prague in the first leg of their playoff round and put the Slovak champion on course for a debut appearance in the Champions League.

Ceesay scored in the 51st with a right-foot shot from inside the area following a defensive blunder and Oravec headed in the second in the 73rd from a corner kick by Patrik Mraz.

There are five more first-leg matches Wednesday, with those return games also scheduled for next week.

In the Europa League playoffs, Greece’s Aris beat Austria Vienna 1-0 and Turkey’s Besiktas beat HJK Helsinki of Finland 2-0.