Arsenal, VfB Stuttgart and Olympiakos Piraeus all scored 2-0 away wins in their final Champions League playoff matches on Tuesday to take a big stride towards the group stage before next week's second legs.
Arsenal became the first English club to win a European tie at Celtic since Nottingham Forest in 1983 with a deflected William Gallas effort and an own goal from Gary Caldwell giving them victory.
Stuttgart won at Politechnica Timisoara in Romania with two goals in three minutes from Timo Gebhart, who scored with a penalty, and former Arsenal midfielder Aleksandr Hleb. Olympiakos also scored a good away win and dented Sheriff Tiraspol's hopes of becoming the first Moldovan team to qualify for the group stages with Dudu and substitute Kostas Mitroglou on target to give the Greek double winners their 2-0 victory.
In the two other matches, FC Copenhagen beat APOEL Nicosia 1-0 with a 51st-minute goal from Zdenek Pospech while Portugal's Sporting had their first goalscorer, Montenegro striker Simon Vukcevic, sent off for celebrating his strike during their 2-2 home draw with Fiorentina.
Lampard ties greaves total, Chelsea win
Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea came from behind to win 3-1 at Sunderland on Tuesday and make it two wins from two in the Premier League.
Second-half goals from Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard and Deco cancelled out Darren Bent’s 18th-minute strike for Sunderland in a match dominated by the visitors. “We played very well from the first minute to the last minute,” Ancelotti said. “It was not easy in the first half because Sunderland scored but we maintained control of the game and had a good mental attitude.”
Chelsea, who also fought back to win 2-1 against Hull City on Saturday, began another rally with a Ballack equaliser seven minutes after the break following a Lampard corner.
The Londoners scored again after 61 minutes when George McCartney's foul on Didier Drogba allowed Lampard to convert a penalty and equal Jimmy Greaves's record as the club's fifth all-time scorer with 132 goals. A fine strike by Portugal midfielder Deco with 20 minutes remaining sealed the victory.