UEFA Cup round-up: AC Milan, Valencia and Spurs go through | inside World Soccer


UEFA Cup round-up: AC Milan, Valencia and Spurs go through

Friday, October 3, 2008

AC Milan booked their place in the UEFA Cup group stage, while Valencia and Tottenham also progressed.

Seven-time European champions Milan led FC Z├╝rich 3-1 from the first leg at the San Siro, and a 70th minute goal from Andriy Shevchenko in Switzerland secured a 4-1 aggregate victory for the Rossoneri.

It was his 61st European goal and also his first since returning to Milan in August.

La Liga leaders Valencia are also in the group stages as they rallied for a 2-1 victory over Maritimo.

El Che had trailed to a first half goal from midfielder Marcinho, but they pulled it level in the second half through Asier Del Horno.

And an injury time penalty from David Villa sealed a 3-1 aggregate win for Unai Emery's side.

Tottenham eased the pressure on under-fire manager Juande Ramos by taking their place in the group stages draw with a 1-1 draw at Wisla Krakow.

Arkadiusz Glowacki's 58th-minute own goal gave the visitors a lead before Pawel Brozek's equalised for the Poles with seven minutes to go.

Spurs, rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, held on in the anxious closing moments to secure a 3-2 aggregate win.

Liege made amends for being expelled from the Champions League group stage at Liverpool by excluding its city rival Everton from progressing in the UEFA Cup.

Despite the away goal advantage following a 2-2 draw in England, the Belgians took the initiative and opened the scoring through teenager Axel Witsel.

Phil Jagielka equalised in the 67th minute but Milan Jovanovic grabbed the winner 12 minutes from time from the penalty spot.

2006 and 2007 champions Sevilla comfortably eliminated Red Bull Salzburg 4-0 on aggregate to secure their place in the group stages.

Former Tottenham striker Frederic Kanoute scored midway through the first half before added a second from from the spot-kick just before the hour mark.

Two-time champions Feyenoord bounced back from a 1-0 home defeat in the first leg to go through on away goals at Kalmar.

Georginio Wijnaldum gave the Dutch an 18th minute lead, but Lasse Johansson levelled in the 47th minute.

However, Ermin Nouri's own goal five minutes later was enough to send Feyenoord through.

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