Monaco reach last 32 in UEFA Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Monaco advanced to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup thanks to a 2-0 victory over Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Monaco reach last 32 in UEFA Cup

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Monaco advanced to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup thanks to a 2-0 victory over Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Slavia Prague went into this Group A fixture with one win and a draw from their two fixtures, while Monaco's hopes of reaching the UEFA Cup knockout stages had been boosted by a last start win against table-topping Hamburg. Monaco had never met a team from the Czech Republic before but they soon knew it would be a tough night, with the home team dominating the early stages. Karel Pitak's looping header in the third minute came back off the cross-bar, and his teammates were unable to pounce. Monaco's club patron Prince Albert wasn't going to miss a trip to the Czech capital, but it looked like his team was in for a long night, when Slavia Prague stormed forward again only for Stanislav Vlcek to blaze his shot over the bar. The home team's punishment came in the 11th minute, when Toifilou Maoulida followed in his teammates mishit to open the scoring from close range. Slavia Prague were shellshocked and hardly threatened an equaliser, with Pitak's effort just past the hour mark, one of the rare occasions they managed to get a shot on target. In the 71st minute the visitors secured the three points, when Maoulida's pace again surprised the defenders as he ran on to a hopeful long ball, before beating the advancing goalkeeper with an exquisite finish. The goal more than enough to secure a spot in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup, as Monaco go to the top of Group A. They lead Hamburg on goal difference, and host CSKA Sofia in the final group game on the 15 December. (AP)

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