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Di María at the double for Benfica

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 23:50
SL Benfica 2-1 AEK Athens FC
The Portuguese club made it five wins from six in Group I and avenged their Matchday 2 defeat by AEK thanks to two Angel Di María goals.

Lille see off Slavia to secure progress

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 23:50
LOSC Lille Métropole 3-1 SK Slavia Praha
Yohan Cabaye, Gervinho and Ludovic Obraniak were all on target as the French side qualified from Group B with a solid home victory.

Yeboah costs Hamburg top spot

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 23:47
Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC 1-0 Hamburger SV
Samuel Yeboah's goal in the 23rd minute propelled the hosts to the top of Group C as they avenged a Matchday 2 defeat in Germany.

Anderlecht stride past Ajax to summit

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 22:49
AFC Ajax 1-3 RSC Anderlecht
Two goals from 16-year-old Romelu Lukaku helped ensure the visitors booked their place in the round of 32 as Group A victors.

Villa strike eases Valencia nerves

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 22:48
Genoa CFC 1-2 Valencia CF
David Villa's goal five minutes into added time helped the visitors through as winners of Group B after an eventful evening in Italy.

Celtic counter quickfire Rapid

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 22:45
SK Rapid Wien 3-3 Celtic FC
After the hosts struck three times in the opening 19 minutes, Paul McGowan topped off a determined Celtic fightback in added time.

Fenerbahçe snuff out Sheriff hopes

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 22:40
Fenerbahçe SK 1-0 FC Sheriff
A solitary strike from Uğur Boral earned victory for the Group H winners while denying the Moldovan side a round of 32 berth.

CSKA players given one-match ban

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 20:19
UEFA has imposed a one-match suspension on PFC CSKA Moskva players Sergei Ignashevich and Aleksei Berezutski for failing to comply with the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations and fined the club.

Anderlecht offer Ajax no quarter

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 19:44
Ariël Jacobs countered AFC Ajax coach Martin Jol's suggestion that RSC Anderlecht would play for a draw in Amsterdam tonight, insisting his side will be going out to win the game and Group A.

Basel coup leaves Fulham dreaming

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 17:41
Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer said "anything's possible" now that Fulham FC are in the round of 32, with Bobby Zamora − twice a scorer in a 3-2 win at FC Basel 1893 − hailing a "massive" success.

Hertha make light of domestic plight

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 17:37
Cut adrift at the foot of the Bundesliga they may be, but Hertha BSC Berlin's Steve Von Bergen told uefa.com the German team remained optimistic of making strides in the UEFA Europa League.

Hoefkens happy to reward patience

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 17:30
Carl Hoefkens was grateful the vociferous home support finally had something to celebrate after Ivan Perišić's late winner against Toulouse FC secured Club Brugge KV a place in Friday's draw.

Naldo urges Bremen to play it cool

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 17:25
The UEFA Europa League concluding in nearby Hamburg may serve as extra motivation for Werder Bremen, yet Naldo called for a calm approach after a 3-0 win in Bilbao cemented top spot in Group L.

Sheriff steeled for final challenge

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 16:00
Without a doubt 2009 has been the best in FC Sheriff's 12-year history and coach Leonid Kuchuk is aiming to end it on a high by winning at Fenerbahçe SK, keeping hopes alive of a last-32 spot.

Hertha pin hopes on loan star Gekas

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 15:01
Hertha BSC Berlin have signed Greece striker Fanis Gekas on loan from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the second half of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer if they avoid relegation.

Italy in form while hosts show promise

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 13:24
Luca Ippoliti was delighted with his first Italy goals in six years as his team won their last two pre-finals friendlies against Romania 2-0 and 4-2 while hosts Hungary beat Croatia 1-0 and drew 2-2.

Timişoara turn tables in Zagreb

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 10:45
NK Dinamo Zagreb 1-2 FC Timişoara
The visitors finish bottom of Group A but end on a high with their first win of the campaign, ending any lingering hopes for Dinamo.

Garcia reins in enthusiastic Dogues

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 10:07
Rudi Garcia has warned his free-scoring LOSC Lille Métropole side to be wary of a backlash from eliminated SK Slavia Praha as they go in search of the three points needed to guarantee progress.

Fotheringham following dreams to Cyprus

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 09:47
New Anorthosis Famagusta FC signing Mark Fotheringham told uefa.com he is excited by the possibility of playing UEFA Champions League football for the Cypriot title hopefuls next season.

Baraja primed to face Genoa head on

Liga Prvakov - Čet, 17/12/2009 - 08:08
Rubén Baraja told his team-mates that "in football you should never be afraid of anything" as Valencia CF go in search of the point they need to progress in front of an expectant crowd in Italy.
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