AMSTERDAM – Despite a rough Jermaine Jones outing that ended early by the ref's red card, Schalke advanced to the group stage of the Champions League with a 3-2 (4-3) second leg victory at Greek side PAOK on Tuesday night.
Having been among the culpable on the home side's first equalizer, the midfielder was shown the gate for his second yellow card in the 64th minute. The Miners will now go into seeding pot No. 2 for Thursday's group phase draw in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, in English Capital One Cup play, Jozy Altidore opened his Sunderland account to spark a late rally and then set up the last-minute winner as the hosts moved on to the final 32 with a 4-2 victory over third flight battlers MK Dons.
Having already rifled off the post near halftime, Altidore sliced the away lead in half by burying a Connor Wickham slip pass in the 79th minute. The US star returned the favor on Wickham's 89th minute decider.
Around the tournament horn, Jonathan Spector worked all 120 minutes in central park as Birmingham City survived on penalties (3-2) following a 3-3 draw at Yeovil Town. The midfielder was booked in the 67th minute.
Daniel Williams and Reading had a harsh night away from home, getting ousted by a 6-0 humbling at Peterborough. The US international saw yellow during his full shift.
Leicester City defender Zak Whitbread went the distance in a 5-2 rout of third-tier hosts Carlisle.
Sebastian Lletget watched from the home dugout as West Ham United advanced with a 2-1 defeat of visiting mites Cheltenham.
All Capital One Cup third round match-ups will be drawn on Wednesday afternoon.