Manchester City 2 – FC Copenhagen 1 (Agg. 4-3) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Manchester City are now the sole representatives from England in the UEFA Cup. Craig Bellamy rifled home the opener in the 73 minute and doubled the lead minutes later after good work by Robinho. Martin Vingaard’s late strike was merely a consolation for the visitors.
CSKA Moscow 2 – Aston Villa 0 (Agg. 3-1) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) CSKA and Villa played out a goalless first half (highlights here) in Moscow. The Russian took the lead on the hour mark with a clever set play, rumoured Chelsea target Yuri Zhirkov ran over a dead-ball as a diversion before being released, and he cracked a wonderful left-footed strike into the top corner. Vagner Love sealed the win coolly slotting in a second past Guzan in injury time. (Second half highlights here.)
Tottenham 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (Agg. 1-3) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Giovani dos Santos took his opportunity to get some playing time by scoring a cracker for Spurs’ opener but Fernandinho’s late equaliser sealed Tottenham’s exit from the competition.
AC Milan 2 – Werder Bremen 2* (Agg. 3-3) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) AC Milan took a two nil lead into the break thanks to a penalty from Andrea Pirlo and a cracking strike from Alexandre Pato. But the Germans produced a great comeback and two goals from Claudio Pizarro sent them through at the expense of David Beckham and the Rossoneri (first here and equaliser here).
Twente 0 – Marseille 1 (Pens. 6-7 ) (Agg. 3-1) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Hatem Ben Arfa gave Marseille the halftime lead at Twente with a spectacular 35-yard free-kick with went in off both posts. The match went to extra-time, and with no additional goals penalties were needed.
Hamburg 1 – NEC 0 (Agg. 4-0) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Ivica Olic fired Hamburg into an 8th minute lead against NEC.
Wolfsburg 1 – PSG 3 (Agg. 1-5) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Peguy Luyindula fired PSG into the lead at Wolfsburg with a 38th minute penalty. Jerome Rothen crashed in a sweet left-footed strike for the Parisians second and Luyindula bagged his second of the game to kill the tie. Makoto Hasebe had had earlier scored a wonderful solo effort that turned out to be no more than a consolation.
Galatasaray 4 – Bordeaux 3 (Agg. 4-3) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Galatasaray’s defence was ripped to shreds inside 20 seconds against Bordeaux, a long ball was pumped upfield, the centre-half missed his interception and David Bellion ran through to score. The Turks finished the half strongly, Arda Turan levelled with a scruffy shot before Harry Kewell turned the match around with a sublime left-footed that arrowed into the top corner on the whistle. Gala looked to be cruising when Arda Turan scored his second in the 65th minte, but two quick-fire goals from Marouane Chamakh and Fernando Cavenaghi looked to have sent the French side through on away goals. But an injury-time winner from Sabri Sarioglu ended a thriller in Gala’s favour.
Metalist Kharkiv 2 – Sampdoria 0 (Agg. 3-0) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Valyaev gave the hosts the lead with a close-range finish on the half-hour mark. Jackson doubled the advantage shortly before halftime curling a free-kick into the bottom left corner from 25-yards.
Stuttgart 1 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Agg. 2-4) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Zenit went ahead in the 43rd minute when Danny crossed from the left and Igor Semshov connected at the far post to slot home. Stuttgart got back into the match when Timo Gebhart scored in the 80th minute, but Viktor Fayzulin bagged an 86th minute to dump the Germans out.
Ajax 1 – Fiorentina 1 (Agg. 2-1) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Alberto Gilardino gave Fiorentina the lead with a goal in the 62nd minute but a fine late solo goal from substitute Leonardo sent Ajax through.
Standard Liege 1 – Braga 1 (Agg. 1-4) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Dieudonne Mbokani broke the deadlock turning home Dalmat’s cross but Liege’s hopes were ended once and for all by Luis Aguiar two minutes from time.
Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Aalborg 3 (Agg. 1-6) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Sergio’s deflected shot gave Depor hope of coming back into the tie. But quick-fire goals through Luton Shelton, Andres Johansson and Thomas Enevoldsen. Pablo Alvarez’s late red card added to the hosts’ misery.
St. Etienne 2 – Olympiakos 1 (Agg. 5-2) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) A piece of individual brilliance from Dimitri Payet gave the hosts the lead, and an equally wonderful strike from Ilan put the tie out of sight. Oscar scored a fine consolation for the Greeks.
Udinese 2 – Lech Poznan 1 (Agg. 4-3) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Hernan Reginfo fired Lech into an early lead, but second half goals from Simone Pepe and Antonio Di Natale ensured the Italians progressed to the last 16.
Valencia 2 – Dynamo Kiev 2* (Agg. 3-3) (UEFA Cup, February 26, 2009) Artem Kravets got the visitors off to a dream start in the return when he fired home after 34 minutes. Goals from Carlos Marchena and Asier Del Horno swung the match back in the Spanish side’s favour, but Kravets had the final word, claiming a crucial second goal for Dynamo after 73 minutes to set up an all-Ukrainian tie with Metalist Kharkiv in the next round.