UEFA Cup: Monaco enter group stage

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Monaco secured their place in the group stage of the UEFA Cup after they completed a comfortable victory over Dutch side Willem II.

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Monaco secured their place in the group stage of the UEFA Cup after they completed a comfortable victory over Dutch side Willem II on Thursday. Monaco won the encounter 3-1 on the back of goals from Sisena do Maicon, Emmanuel Adebayor and Ernesto Chevanton. Monaco, one of six French sides lining up in this season's UEFA Cup competion, led Willem II 2-0 after the first leg of their first round tie. In Thursday's return leg match, the Dutch side dominated the early possession, but were unable to find a way through. The closest they came to scoring in the first half was through Martijn Reuser. Monaco took a 1-0 lead two minutes into the second half. Camel Meriem sent in the corner, and Sisenado Maicon beat home keeper Oscar Moens to the ball to head into an unguarded net. With a 3-0 aggregate advantage, Monaco were content to sit back and hit their opponents on the break. And they increased their lead in the 54th minute with the simplest of goals. Sisenado Maicon brought the ball out of defence, running almost half the length of the pitch unchallenged. Willem II grabbed a consolation with seven minutes left on the clock through substitute Anouar Hadouir. But it was Monaco who were to have the last word with another superbly-worked goal. The ball was worked out of defence to Olivier Kapo - who in turn found Ernesto Javier Chevanton. The Uruguayan cut inside Jos van Nieuwstadt, before firing a shot past Oscar Moens and into the net. (AP)

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