UEFA cup, third round second leg
Besiktas 0 - Valencia 2
A full house for Spanish sides, with all four going through to the last sixteen. Valencia were the only team to play their second leg away from home, and Rafa Benítez took a second string side to Turkey to defend the 3-2 lead from the first leg against Besiktas. But it was enough to see them through, and after Angulo put them ahead in the twelfth minute there was never any doubt about the result. Palop and his defence resisted the subsequent pressure from the home side, and Juan Sánchez finished things off with a headed goal from Xisco's cross early in the second half. Besiktas ended with ten men after Zago was sent off for kicking Marchena in the last minute.
Mallorca 0 - Spartak Moscow 1
Mallorca went through to the next round thanks to the three goal lead from the first leg, although they put in a disappointing performance tonight and ended up losing to their Russian opponents Spartak Moscow. Luis Aragonés's side have not won in the San Moix in three months, and they found themselves behind just before half time when Samedov scored from close range. Correa had hit the bar early on, but other than that they hardly troubled keeper Lomaia, and the small crowd went home with mixed feelings.
Barcelona 2 - Brondby 1
Barcelona made it eight straight wins in a row after beating Michael Laudrup's Brondby in the Nou Camp. The Catalans were in control throughout, and although they didn't create too many early chances, Saviola found Luis García on the half hour mark for him to build on the one goal lead from the first leg. Cocu made it two before the break with a header from Van Bronckhorst's corner, and after that Rijkaard rested his key players for the weekend. Nielsen headed a consolation goal for the Danish side ten minutes from the end.
Villarreal 3 - Galatasaray 0
A great second half performance took Villarreal through to the fourth round in their first ever appearance in a European competition. Galatasaray needed to win after the 2-2 draw in Turkey last week, and Batista struck the post with a spectacular shot midway through the first half. But Sonny Anderson put the Spaniards ahead immediately after the restart, and Roger got a second a few minutes later with a shot from the halfway line over the head of Mondragon. This time the visitors were unable to come back, and Riquelme made sure with a third goal in the dying minutes. (03.03.04)
UEFA cup draw
The draw for the remaining rounds of the UEFA cup took place today, with all four Spanish sides still in the last 16 of the competition. Barcelona and Mallorca both drew British opposition, Celtic and Newcastle respectively, and Valencia will have to return to Turkey after being paired with the revelation side of the tournament, Glençlerbirligi. Once again though Villarreal have the hardest task, and if they want to reach the final in their first ever appearance in Europe they will have to beat Roma, and then could face Barcelona and then Valencia in their quarter and semi-final ties. (04.03.04)