Wednesday, 29 November 2006

UEFA Cup: Perfect Parma; Livorno shattered

Wednesday 29/Thursday 30 November
Group A: Livorno 1-1 Maccabi Haifa
Livorno's UEFA Cup dreams were shattered in stoppages with a 1-1 draw against Israeli giants Maccabi Haifa. Cristiano Lucarelli's 20th-minute goal appeared to have handed Livorno all three points at home, but three minutes into time added on, Roberto Colautti's close-range header earned the Israelis a draw which guarantees their participation in the Round of 32. The result coupled with Auxerre's 4-1 win over Partizan Belgrade means that the Amaranto will have to beat the French side at the Stade Abbe-Deschamps on December 14 to join Rangers and Maccabi in the knockout stage.

Group D: Lens 1-2 Parma
Parma have made it three wins out of three in Group D after a dramatic 2-1 win at French side Lens. The Serie A strugglers were looking to cement their place in the Round of 32, but it was their Northern French hosts that claimed the lead at Stade Felix-Bollaert on 19 minutes. Daniel Cousin side-footed Seydou Keita's cross from the right home to give the Ligue 1 outfit the lead. The scoreline lasted until 77 minutes when Parma levelled matters through Slovenian striker Zlatko Dedic, who struck home from close range. That allowed Daniele Paponi to strike Parma's winner just before the end to maintain the Gialloblu's 100 percent record in the group stage. Stefano Pioli's young team will be looking to finish the group stage with a fourth victory at home to Osasuna on December 14.

This Week's Other Results
Group A: Partizan Belgrade 1-4 Auxerre.
Group B: Dinamo Bucurest 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen, Besiktas 2-1 Club Brugge.
Group C: Grasshoppers 0-4 Sevilla, AZ Alkmaar 2-2 Slovan Liberec.
Group D: Osasuna 3-1 OB Odense.
Group E: Nancy 3-0 Feyenoord, Wisla Krakow 3-1 FC Basel.
Group F: Ajax 0-2 Espanyol, Austria Vienna 0-1 Sparta Rotterdam.
Group G: Mlada Boleslav 0-0 PSG, Panathinaikos 0-0 Rapid Bucharest.
Group H: Celta Vigo 1-0 Fenerbahce, Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Newcastle United.

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