Thursday, 20 December 2007

UC Group Stage: Matchday 5 Review

Fiorentina booked their place in Friday's UEFA Cup knockout draw with a 2-1 win over Mlada Boleslav, but the Viola will face one of this seasons Champions League participants in the last 32.

Fiorentina 2-1 Mlada Boleslav
Group C, Matchday 5
The Serie A side took the lead shortly before half-time when Romanian striker Adrian Mutu converted from the penalty spot after Giampaolo Pazzini was brought down by Vaclav Prochazka.

Jan Rajnoch equalised for the visitors 15 minutes after half-time with a spectacular long-range strike but Christian Vieri restored the advantage seven minutes later, volleying into the top corner to take the hosts through.

With results elsewhere in the group going against them, the Florence side finish in second-place meaning they will be drawn against one of Europe's top sides.

AEK Athens 1-2 Villarreal
Group C, Matchday 3
Fiorentina will be joined in the last 32 by group winners Villarreal and third-placed AEK Athens, who met in Greece.

The Spaniards went ahead just five minutes before the break when Rio Antonio Mavuba's low right-footed shot beat Jurgen Macho in the home goal.

A trademark Rivaldo free-kick brought the Greeks level on 68 minutes but moments later Danish international Jon Dahl Tomasson put the visitors back into the lead as they topped Group C.

Other Results
Group A:
AZ Alkmaar 2-3 Everton
Larissa 1-3 Nuremburg
* Everton (1st), Nuremburg (2nd) and Zenit (3rd) qualify.

Group B:
Aberdeen 4-0 Copenhagen
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Panathinaikos
* Atletico Madrid (1st), Panathinaikos (2nd) and Aberdeen (3rd) qualify.

Group C:
AEK Athens 1-2 Villarreal
Fiorentina 2-1 Mlada Boleslav
* Villarreal (1st), Fiorentina (2nd) and AEK Athens (3rd) qualify.

Group D:
Hamburg 1-1 Basle
Rennes 1-1 Dinamo Zagreb
* Hamburg (1st), Basle (2nd) and Brann (3rd) qualify.

Group E:
FC Zurich 0-5 Bayer Leverkusen
Toulouse 2-1 Spartak Moscow
* Bayer Leverkusen (1st), Spartak Moscow (2nd) and FC Zurich (3rd) qualify.

Group F:
Bayern Munich 6-0 Aris Salonika
Braga 2-0 Crvena Zvezda
* Bayern Munich (1st), Braga (2nd) and Bolton (3rd) qualify.

Group G:
Getafe 2-1 Anderlecht
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 1-3 Aalborg
* Getafe (1st), Tottenham (2nd) and Anderlecht (3rd) qualify.

Group H:
Galatasaray 0-0 Austria Magna
Panionios 2-3 Bordeaux
* Bordeaux (1st), Helsingborg (2nd) and Galatasaray (3rd) qualify.

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