Thursday, 14 February 2008

UC Last 32: Mutu earns Viola victory in Norway

Adrian Mutu earned Fiorentina a slender advantage over Rosenborg in the UEFA Cup Round of 32 as his first-half strike secured a 1-0 win to take back to Florence for the second leg in a week's time.

Rosenborg 0-1 Fiorentina
Last 32, First Leg
Fiorentina took control of the game from the off and it came as no surprise when Adrian Mutu gave the visitors the lead after just 16 minutes. Latching onto a pass from Riccardo Montolivo the Romanian made no mistake from just a few yards out, firing the ball low into the centre of the goal past a stranded Rune Jarstein.

Rosenborg upped their game slightly in the second period but were ultimately unable to make the breakthrough. Didier Ya Konan came closest to snatching an equaliser for the Norwegians with eight minutes remaining, but his effort cannoned back off the post and with that their hopes of pulling level all but ended.

Cesare Prandelli's side are by no means guaranteed to progress to the last 16 of the competition next week as a result of this win, but Mutu's solitary strike now means that they will go into the game with an all important away goal and know that they can even afford to draw and still go through.

Other Results
Last 32, First Leg
Aberdeen 2-2 Bayern Munich
AEK Athens 1-1 Getafe
Anderlecht 2-1 Bordeaux
Benfica 1-0 Nuremburg
Bolton 1-0 Atletico Madrid
Brann 0-2 Everton
FC Zurich 1-3 Hamburg
Galatasaray 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Marseille 3-0 Spartak Moscow
PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Helsingborgs
Rangers 0-0 Panathinaikos
Slavia Prague 1-2 Tottenham
Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Basle
Werder Bremen 3-0 Braga
Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 Villarreal

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