Manchester United advanced to the Champions League group stages as Wayne Rooney netted a hat trick to help beat Club Brugge 4-0 in Belgium to advance 7-1 on aggregate.
Rooney opened his 2015-16 account with a dinked shot over the advancing Sinan Bolat after Memphis Depay’s throughball put him in front of goal in the 20th minute. Needing a reaction, Brugge had their best chance of the opening half in the 44th minute, but forward Abdoulay Diaby’s attempt to round United keeper Sergio Romero saw him waste a golden opportunity.
Rooney scored a second just four minutes after the break, tapping home an Ander Herrera pass after a well-worked move, and then completed his hat trick eight minutes later, slotting under Bolat after again finding himself one-on-one with the Brugge keeper.
United then rounded off the scoring in the 63rd minute after a defence-splitting pass left Herrera alone to easily slot past the keeper.
Similarly, Goals from Hakan Calhanoglu, Admir Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi helped Bayer Leverkusen past Lazio 3-0 and advance 3-1 on aggregate.
Elsewhere, CSKA Moscow, who were 2-1 down from the first leg in Portugal, defeated Sporting 3-1 to advance 4-3 on aggregate in Russia.
BATE Borisov lost 2-1 to Partizan Belgrade in Serbia but, with the tie finishing 2-2, progressed on away goals, Igor Stasevich providing the crucial strike for the Belarusians before Maksim Zhavnerchik’s own-goal and substitute Ivan Saponjic’s stoppage-time effort.