Wednesday, 27 August 2008

[CL] Viola through with Prague draw

Fiorentina safely negotiated their passage to the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 2000 after a goalless draw at Slavia Prague.

Slavia Prague 0-0 FiorentinaLa Viola had won the home leg 2-0 a fortnight ago in Florence and manged to protect their lead meaning they join Inter, Roma and Juventus in Europe's elite club competition.

The Italian quartet will now look forward to Thursday's group stage draw while Slavia will seek to impress on the continental stage in the UEFA Cup.

Fiorentina stuck with a similar lineup, only Romania forward Adrian Mutu – who had opened the scoring in the first game, but dislocated his elbow on international duty in the intervening period – and Danish defender Per Kroldrup not starting.

The visitors were the better side in the opening stages and created several chances. The hosts came back strongly into the match after the break but the Czech Republic champions were unable break the deadlock.

UEFA Champions League
Third Qualifying Round, Second Leg
Tuesday 26 August
Artmedia Bratislava 1-1 Juventus (Agg: 1-5)
Panathinaikos 1-0 Sparta Prague (Agg: 3-1)
Wisla Krakow 1-0 Barcelona (Agg: 1-4)
Wednesday 27 August
Arsenal 4-0 Twente (Agg: 6-0)
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Schalke (Agg: 4-1)
BATE Borisov 1-1 Levski Sofia (Agg: 2-1)
Basle 2-1 Guimaraes (Agg: 2-1)
Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Shakhtar Donetsk (Agg: 1-5)
Dynamo Kiev 4-1 Spartak Moscow (Agg: 8-2)
Kaunas 0-2 AaB Aalborg (Agg: 0-4)
Fenerbahce 2-1 Partizan Belgrade (Agg: 4-3)
Liverpool 1-0 Standard Liege AET (Agg: 1-0)
Marseille 2-1 Brann (Agg: 3-1)
Olympiakos 1-0 Anorthosis Famagusta (Agg: 1-3)
Slavia Prague 0-0 Fiorentina (Agg: 0-2)
Steaua Bucharest 1-0 Galatasaray (Agg: 3-2)

[Artmedia Bratislava 1-1 Juventus (Agg: 5-1)] - [Slavia Prague 0-0 Fiorentina (Agg:0-2)]

Source: UEFA

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