Tottenham 2 – Spartak Moscow 2 (UEFA Cup, December 18, 2008) Artem Dzubya stunned Spurs with a first-half brace, the first thanks to a moment of indecision between Brazilians Gilberto and Gomes and the second a fine run from deep. Spurs rallied in the second-half as substitute Lennon (who replaced the frankly awful Gilberto) set up Luka Modric for his first ever Spurs goal and Bale and Bentley then set up the equaliser for Tom Huddlestone. Spurs finish second in the group whilst the Russians are dumped out.
PSG 4 – FC Twente 0 (UEFA Cup, December 18, 2008) Steve McClaren’s side got a thumping in Paris as PSG qualified with an incredible win, Peguy Luyindula, Stephane Sessegnon put the them two up early doors and Mateja Kezman (who had earlier missed a penalty) and Luyindula wrapped up the win late on.
Stuttgart 3 – Standard Liege 0 (UEFA Cup, December 18, 2008) Sami Khadera continued his goalscoring form (four in the last three games) with the first on five minutes, Roberto Hilbert scored the second four minutes after the break and Ciprian Marica claimed the third on 71. Marcus Babbel records another win as coach, both sides qualify for the next stage.
Olympiakos 4 – Hertha Berlin 0 (UEFA Cup, December 18, 2008) Cearense scored in the 55th minute and was fouled inside the area eight minutes later, with Galletti finding the net from the spot. Torossidis made it 3-0 after a cross from Letto in the 86th, and Diogo finished the scoring two minutes before the finalÂ whistle. (Last two goals here.)
Sampdoria 1 – Sevilla 0 (UEFA Cup, December 18, 2008) Jonathan Bottinelli scrambled in a 74th minute winner for Sampdoria, who extended their unbeaten run at home in Europe to 12 games, and dumped the Spaniards out.
NEC Nijmegen 2 – Udinese 0 (UEFA Cup, December 18, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Collins John came on as a substitute to score the opener, slotting in to the top corner from the edge of the box on 75 minutes. Three minutes later Jhon Van Beukering then found the net from close range to seal the win. (First half highlights here, second half highlights here.)