UEFA Cup - second round, second leg
Valencia ensured that at least one Spanish side qualified for the next round with a crushing victory over Legia Warsaw. The much criticised Pablo Aimar finally came good with probably his best game for his side, and he was the creator of the first two goals, the first for Albelda and then for Ilie with just over a quarter of an hour gone. Legia's Kowalewski was injured in a clash with Ayala, and although he carried on he was beaten twice more before half time, first of all with a rare strike from Djukic and then from an Aimar penalty after Juan Sánchez was brought down by the unfortunate keeper. Fabio Aurelio made his first appearance after recovering from injury after the break, and Sánchez finally got the goal he was looking for, once again after good work by Aimar. Substitute Svitlica got one back for the visitors, but almost immediately Angulo made it six to wrap up an easy win.
Celta were knocked out of the UEFA cup by a surprisingly good Slovan Liberec. Needing to defend a two goal lead Víctor Fernández put out a relatively strong side, although crucially he decided to leave a tired Mostovoi at home and start with Catanha on the bench. Without the Russian midfielder they were lacking ideas, and Stajner headed the Czech side in front before half time from a cross from Slovan's best player Kolousek. Víctor brought on Catanha and then Edú, but only a minute later Nezmar, who had just come on himself, headed in another cross from Kolousek to put the home side in front on the away goal rule. With Celta throwing everything forward, Nezmar added a second in the last minute and it was all over. Spain's most successful side in the UEFA cup in recent years are already out of Europe.
A late goal by Servette's Oruma bundled Zaragoza out of the competition. After almost 180 minutes of football without a goal, it looked as if the game was going to go into extra time when the Nigerian striker picked up Obradovic's pass and raced past Pablo before shooting across Juanmi. The Spanish international keeper was only in the starting line up due to an injury to Láinez, but he had kept his side in this match with a series of good saves, including a double stop from Frei and Obradovic in the second half. Zaragoza did have chances themselves to get the vital away goal, but Yordi and José Ignacio both wasted their opportunities. With his side struggling in the league and out of the Spanish cup as well, manager Txetxu Rojo may not have much longer left in charge. (01.11.01)