Aston Villa 1 – CSKA Moscow 1 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)Â CSKA took the lead courtesy of a brilliant goal by Vagner Love, the Brazilian played a neat one-two with Alan Dzagoev, raced forward past the Villa backline and finished expertly past Brad Guzan. Villa drew level with 20 minutes to go, Gardener pulled back Young’s loose cross to John Carew and the big Norwegian powered home the equaliser.
Werder Bremen 1 – AC Milan 1 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)Â A calamity of errors in the Werder Bremen defence resulted in the Germans gifting the Rossoneri the opener, Flamini crossing in for Pipo Inzaghi to turn home. Bremen found an equaliser six minutes from time when Almeida’s knock-down was picked up and converted by Diego.
Dynamo Kiev 1 – Valencia 1 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) David Silva put Valencia ahead tapping home Mata’s cross at the near post. The Ukrainians drew level just after the hour mark through Artem Milevskiy, only for the goalscorer to pick up his second booking and marching orders minutes later.
Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – Stuttgart 1 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) Zenit took the lead inside two minutes, Szabolcs Huszti firing home a rebound after the keeper had only parried the ball into the centre of the box. The Germans were only behind temporarily, hot-shot Mario Gomez fired the equaliser in the near post from the edge of the box. The Russians moved back ahead on the stroke of halftime when a fierce Tymoschuk shot beat Lehmann at his near post. (First half highlights here.)
Olympiakos 1 – St. Etienne 3 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) Didier Domi was caught out trying to play football on the edge of the Olympiakos box, he lost the ball to Machado and Ilan gave St. Etienne a 12th minute lead. And it got better for the French outfit minutes before the break when Geoffrey Dernis curled in a second. In the 63rd minute Predrag Djordjevic pulled a goal back from a spot. But there was no fairytale comeback, Bafetimbi Gomis wrapping up a fine away win with a third in injury time.
NEC 0 – Hamburg 3 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Hamburg took control of their match at NEC with two quick-fire goals just before the break through Piotr Trochowski and Alex Silva. Ivica Olic sowed up the comfortable victory beating the offside trap with 15 minutes to go.
PSG 2 – Wolfsburg 0 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) PSG won the game with two late headers from Guillaume Hoarau, the first looping over a stranded keeper and the second arriving from a corner.
Braga 3 – Standard Liege 0 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) Standard fell behind to a wonderful angled drive into the top corner from Wason Renteria. And it was 2-nil after 26 minutes when Leone crashed in the second following a free-kick. Luis Aguiar grabbed the third with six minutes remaining, finishing off a confident flowing passing move.
Aalborg 3 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) Anders Due gave Aalborg the lead controlling the ball at the back post and then seeing his deflected shot beat the keeper. Due doubled his contribution for the night with a simple second tapping home Enevoldsen’s centred pass. Michael Jakobsen’s last gasp penalty sealed the empathic win.
Bordeaux 0 – Galatasaray 0 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) Bordeaux and Galatasaray played to a stalemate in the first leg of their last-32 clash but it was not for a lack of chances at either end. Both keepers had to be on top form to keep the scoresheet clear, and it will have been be Gala that came away the happier side.
Sampdoria 0 – Metalist KharkivÂ 1 (UEFA Cup, February 18, 2009) Denys Oleinik headed home the winner to give the Ukranian side an impressive first leg victory in Italy.