UEFA Cup, league stage, day 4
Valencia are the only Spanish side to be sure of a place in the last 32 despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge in the Mestalla stadium. With an important league match against Barcelona in two days' time, coach Unai Emery put out a line-up packed with reserves. They went behind though when Alcaraz headed in a Vargas free kick late in the first half, and only a Zigic header on the hour mark saved a point.
Deportivo still have some work to do after a 1-1 draw at Lech Poznan. Colotto turned in Guardado's corner with only two minutes on the clock, but Rengifo equalised shortly before half time, and only some good saves from Aranzubia prevented a defeat. A draw at home to Nancy in the last match should see them through though, provided that Poznan do not win at Feyenoord. (04.12.08)
Sevilla moved up to second in their group after beating Partizan Belgrade 3-0 on Wednesday night. Luis Fabiano opened the scoring from the penalty spot on the half hour mark after Jesús Navas was fouled. And after Renato fired home another just a couple of minutes after the restart, the Brazilian striker got his second of the night later on. The Andalusians still need a point in their last match at Sampdoria to be sure of going through.
Racing Santander did not play this week, but they need to beat the already qualified Manchester City in their last game in a fortnight's time to have any chance of reaching the next round. And if Paris Saint Germain win the other group A game against Twente, they need to match or better the French side's result to take third spot on goal difference. (03.12.08)