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Sevilla, Bayer Leverkusen advance in UEFA Cup

LONDON -- Sevilla kept its UEFA Cup title defense on track while 2005 champion CSKA Moscow was eliminated and Ajax's poor European season finally ended on Thursday.

Sevilla had a 3-0 aggregate victory over Steaua Bucharest to reach the final 16. Striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov had the only goal of the second leg when he scored on a header past goalkeeper Cornel Cernea in first-half injury time off a cross from Andreas Hinkel.

Three other Spanish clubs also made the fourth round -- Osasuna, Celta Vigo and Espanyol.

CSKA Moscow lost 1-0 to Maccabi Haifa to exit by the same aggregate score, and while Ajax beat Werder Bremen 3-1, it couldn't overcome its 3-0 first-leg loss.

AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, Newcastle, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Rangers, Paris Saint-Germain, Lens and Braga also advanced. But no Italian teams qualified after Parma and Livorno lost.

Leonardo, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ryan Babel scored for Ajax in Amsterdam, but it wasn't enough to stop the German club advancing.

The loss was the culmination of a poor European campaign for Ajax, which failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage. Ajax won the last of its four European Cup titles in 1995; it also won the 1992 UEFA Cup.

Maccabi Haifa beat CSKA 1-0 in Israel after a 0-0 draw in Moscow.

Israel international player Roberto Colautti scored the winner in the 14th minute from close range after CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev had stopped a shot from Alain Masudi.

Leverkusen, the 1988 champion, advanced 3-2 on aggregate to reach the final 16 for the first time in 12 years.

Celta Vigo, which is struggling in the relegation zone of the Spanish league, eliminated Spartak Moscow 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 win.