UEFA Cup: Five teams set to advance

Updated: 08 December 2007 08:22 IST

Tottenham, Bordeaux, Bayer Leverkusen, Spartak Moscow and FC Zurich secured places in the next round of the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

UEFA Cup: Five teams set to advance

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Tottenham, Bordeaux, Bayer Leverkusen, Spartak Moscow and FC Zurich secured places in the next round of the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

Tottenham drew 1-1 at Anderlecht to make sure it will be one of the three qualifiers from Group G, while Bordeaux beat already qualified Helsingborg 2-1 to advance from Group H.

Group E was settled, aside from final placings, in favor of Spartak Moscow, Leverkusen and Zurich, raising the number of qualified teams to 12 of 24.

Bayer Leverkusen won 1-0 at Sparta Prague despite the 60th-minute sending off of Carsten Ramelow for violent conduct, and Spartak Moscow beat visiting Zurich 1-0.

Tottenham, which beat Anderlecht in 1984 to win its second and most recent UEFA Cup title, needed a second-half penalty by Dimitar Berbatov to draw at Anderlecht - a result that also kept the Belgian champion in the hunt to advance.

Tottenham needed only a draw from a match played in constant driving rain before 24,000 fans at Vanden Stock Stadium, so coach Juande Ramos kept Berbatov on the bench until the 59th minute, when he replaced Robbie Keane.

"Berbatov made the difference," Anderlecht coach Ariel Jacobs said. "What a world-class player."

Anderlecht went ahead in the 68th when the Tottenham defense showed the weakness that has led to the club's worst start to an English league season for 29 years.

Cyril Thereau found space on the right and crossed into the center, where two Spurs defenders failed to clear and Bart Goor drove the ball past goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

But Anderlecht was caught off guard moments later and, when Jermaine Jenas broke through the center, defender Jelle Van Damme brought him down from behind.

After furious protests, Berbatov coolly sent 'keeper Daniel Zitka the wrong way while chipping the ball in the opposing corner.

Five minutes from the end, Zitka needed to save a shot from substitute Jermain Defoe to safeguard the draw.

While Spurs are finished with seven points from their four matches, Anderlecht will play its final, decisive game on December 19 at Getafe, which won 2-1 at Aalborg through goals by Pablo Hernandez and Esteban Granero.

Getafe has six points and Anderlecht five, so each has the chance to top the group and thus avoid being drawn against one of the teams that enters the competition in the next round after being eliminated from the more illustrious Champions League.

Aalborg is out of contention with one point, but Hapoel Tel-Aviv has three and could yet make it.

Veteran forward Henrik Larsson, who is mulling retirement before the next round, scored an equalizer for Helsingborg after Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh had given Bordeaux a 12th-minute lead.

But the French team, which reached the final in 1996, won through a 69th-minute goal by Jussie, off a defense-splitting pass by substitute Alejandro Alonso.

Bordeaux has nine points, two more than Helsingborg and five more than Panionios, which won 1-0 at Austria through a goal by Daniel Majstorovic in injury time.

Yegor Titov scored 12 minutes into the second half off a cross by Nikita Bazhenov for Spartak Moscow's win over Zurich, a result that sent both teams through, because Leverkusen's win over Sparta meant the Czech team could no longer catch the Group E top three.

Ramelow was sent off when he reacted to a tackle by pushing Jan Rezek to the ground, but Manuel Friedrich headed in a corner by Tranquillo Barnetta 11 minutes later.

Bolton beat Red Star Belgrade 1-0 on a 45th-minute goal by Gavin McCann - a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area - and tops Group F, but is still not sure of advancing.

Bolton, which has played all of its group games, will qualify unless Aris draws with Bayern Munich and Braga beats Red Star in the final round of matches.

Red Star's third straight UEFA Cup loss means the Serbian champion has no chance of qualifying.

Before the match, Bolton protested the detention of hundreds of fans in their Belgrade hotel.

The Serbian police banned them from visiting the city center and held them for hours because they feared clashes with notorious Red Star fans.

"(The club) shares the anger and discontent felt by our supporters detained temporarily ... without reasonable explanation," Bolton said in a statement.

The police move came after riots last weekend during a league match at Red Star's stadium, when the Belgrade fans attacked a plainclothes policeman trying to film them at the stands.

The policeman was forced to shoot into the air, and sustained serious injuries. Several fans were arrested, including one who was charged with attempted manslaughter.

Aris drew 1-1 with visiting Braga, so that, with Panionios winning, Greece could still have four teams in the next round.

Former European Cup finalist Panathinaikos was among the teams to have already qualified, while AEK Athens won on Wednesday.

Austria Vienna, which is out after losing all three group matches, had its best chance in the 49th when a header by Panionios defender Marios Nikolaou hit the post of his own goal.

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