UEFA Cup goals: City draw a blank with PSG; Wins for Udinese, Sevilla, NEC, Twente & Standard Liege

Manchester City 0 – PSG 0 (UEFA Cup, December 3, 2008) An under-strength City played out a goalless draw with PSG in a relatively dull affair.

Udinese 2 – Dinamo Zagreb 1 (UEFA Cup, December 3, 2008) Fabio Quagliarella, wearing a face-mask, gave Udinese the lead inside five minutes against Dinamo Zagreb. The match was held up after Zagreb supporters started firing multiple flares, covering the field in smoke, while there were also reports that a Dinamo Zagreb fan fell from the top stand into the lower stand before being rushed to hospital. But when the game resumed Christian Obodo made sure of the win by getting on the end of Di Natale’s cross. Igor Biscan bundled home a late consolation for Dinamo.

Sevilla 3 – Partizan Belgrade 0 (UEFA Cup, December 3, 2008) Luis Fabiano broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute. Sevilla needed less than a minute of the second period to double their lead thanks to Renato, who let fly from outside the box, with his shot from nestling in the bottom corner. And the win was wrapped up through Luis Fabiano, who bagged a brace.

Spartak Moscow 1 – NEC Nijmegen 2 (UEFA Cup, December 3, 2008) With NEC rooted to the foot of the table, Sergey Kovalchuk put Spartak Moscow ahead with a free header in the box after just two minutes. The Russians held onto their lead until the final minutes of the match when the Dutch side turned the match in incredible fashion. Jhon van Beukering found an equaliser in the 84th minute, before Lasse Schone hit a low winner from 20-yards three minutes later.

Twente 2 – Schalke 1 (UEFA Cup, December 3, 2008) From a free-kick, Schalke failed to clear their lines and Wielaert prodded Twente into the lead. In the second half Steve McClaren’s charges extended their lead as Perez collected the ball on the edge of the box, turned, and beat the keeper with a curling shot. George Asamoah pulled a goal back for the Germans.

Standard Liege 3 – Sampdoria 0 (UEFA Cup, December 3, 2008) After brilliant work from Milan Jovanovic down the left hand side, Igor De Camargo headed home at the back-post to put Standard Liege ahead of Sampdoria. Oguchi Onyewu doubled Standard’s with a storming header from a corner, before Samp conceded a third when Jovanovic was sent clear, finishing with a fine left foot strike.

Hertha Berlin 0 – Galatasaray 1 (UEFA Cup, December 3, 2008) Milan Baros continued his fine scoring form of late by scoing the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Metalist Kharkiv 1 – Olympiakos 0 (UEFA Cup, December 3, 2008) The Greeks went down to an 87th minute winner from Edmar.