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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct 2, 2008

UEFA Cup: Depor survive Brann penalty scare

ZURICH, October 2 (UEFA Cup) - Deportivo la Coruna overturned a 2-0 defeat in Norway to see off Brann in the UEFA Cup, but they needed penalties to do so after also winning the home leg 2-0.

Diego Colotto scored a goal in each half to level the tie for Depor, who had Riki sent off after 30 minutes.

Depor goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia then saved three penalties to send the Galicians through.

AC Milan, Sampdoria and Udinese all made sure of their places in the group stage after negotiating their respective first-round matches on Thursday.

A 70th-minute effort from Andriy Shevchenko was enough to secure a 1-0 second-leg success for Milan as the Italians wrapped up a 4-1 aggregate victory over FC Zurich.

Fellow Italians Sampdoria came from a goal down to win their second-leg tie with Kaunas 2-1 - thanks to second-half goals from Bruno Fornaroli and Emiliano Bonazzoli - and progress 7-1 on aggregate.

Udinese needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Borussia Dortmund though after slipping to a 2-0 loss in the second leg.

A last-gasp goal from Dortmund's Tamas Hajnal had taken the match into extra-time with the teams tied 2-2 on aggregate, but Udinese eventually prevailed 4-3 in the shoot-out.

Napoli were the only Italian side to crash out of Europe on Thursday with a 2-0 defeat to Benfica seeing them miss out 4-3 on aggregate.

Sevilla, who won back-to-back UEFA Cup titles in 2006 and 2007, eased into the group stage with a 2-0 second-leg success over Salzburg.

Frederic Kanoute scored both goals, including one from the penalty spot, as they sealed a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Other Spanish sides also fared well on Thursday.

Racing Santander progressed with another 1-0 win over Honka Espoo. Already a goal up from the first leg in Spain, Eduardo Bedia scored after just four minutes to put Racing in command.

Valencia came from a goal down to win 2-1 against Maritimo.

Marcinho cancelled out Valencia's away-goal from the first-leg to level the tie, but Asier del Horno put Los Che back in command 12 minutes from time before David Villa wrapped up the result with a stoppage-time penalty.

Paris St Germain lead the French challenge with a 0-0 draw against Kayserispor to add to their 2-1 first-leg advantage, while Nancy finished off Motherwell in Scotland with a 2-0 win.

Marc-Antoine Fortune and Benjamin Gavonon got the goals as the Ligue 1 side advance 3-0 overall.

St Etienne also qualified for the next round with 2-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv to add to their first-leg victory by the same scoreline.

Germany enjoyed a successful evening as Wolfsburg drew 1-1 with Rapid Bucharest in Romania to clinch a 2-1 result overall.

Brazilian forward Grafite scored the vital away goal after just 17 minutes to put the visitors in control.

Thomas Hitzlsperger and Mario Gomez scored two late goals to send Stuttgart through 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw with Chornomorets.

Hamburg's passage was somewhat smoother as a goal in each half from Mladen Petric earned them a 2-0 win over Unirea Urziceni after a goalless first leg.

Schalke followed their 4-1 first-leg advantage with a 1-1 draw against Apoel Nicosia. Christian Pander levelled for the hosts in the second half after Helio Pinto had put Apoel ahead.

Second-half strikes from Jeffrey Sarpong and Luis Suarez earned Ajax a 2-0 win over Borac and a 6-1 victory overall.

Feyenoord overcame a 1-0 reverse from the first leg in Holland to beat Kalmar 2-1 and progress to the group stage on away goals.

Two goals apiece for Tarik Elyounossi and Gerald Sibon helped Heerenveen claim an emphatic 5-2 win over Vitoria Setubal to progress 6-3 on aggregate.

Blaise N'Kufo scored the only goal as FC Twente battled to a 1-0 second-leg win over Rennes, turning around their 2-1 loss from two weeks to qualify on the away goals rule.

And a goalless draw was enough for NEC Nijmegen to scrape past Dinamo Bucharest following a 1-0 victory two weeks ago.

Tottenham battled their way through with a 1-1 draw against Polish champions Wisla Krakow to complete a 3-2 aggregate result in the first round.

Manchester City doubled their advantage over AC Omonia, with a 2-1 win giving them a 4-2 aggregate success.

Brazilian striker Elano and Shaun Wright-Philips got the goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half for Mark Hughes' men.

Fellow Premier League side Aston Villa also confirmed their passage, a 1-1 draw with Litex Lovech granting them a 4-2 victory overall.

But Everton failed in their quest to qualify as a 79th-minute penalty from Milan Jovanovic earned Standard Liege a 2-1 victory and a place in the group stage 4-3 on aggregate.

Olympiacos emphatically finished off their qualification, adding to their 2-0 win in the first leg with a 5-0 thumping of FC Nordsjaelland.

Braga followed up their 4-0 victory a fortnight ago with a 2-0 success to get past Artmedia Petrzalka with room to spare.

There were mixed fortunes for the Turkish clubs as Galatasaray enjoyed a 2-1 second-leg victory over Bellinzona to wrap up a 6-4 aggregate win.

But Besiktas failed to join them in the group stage as they were unable to build on their 1-0 first-leg lead, crashing to a heavy 4-1 loss at Metalist Kharkiv.

Spartak Moscow defended their 1-0 win from the first leg against Banik Ostrava with a 1-1 draw in the Russian capital, while FC Copenhagen drew 1-1 with FC Moscow to complete a 3-2 aggregate win.

Rosenburg beat Brondby 3-2 to win 5-3 overall, and Club Brugge saw off Young Boys Berne 2-0 to advance 4-2.

Lech Poznan, Zilina, Partizan Belgrade, Slavia Prague and Dinamo Zagreb also progressed and will take their place in the group stage draw when it takes place next Tuesday.

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