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A look ahead to Thursday's last-16 second leg encounter at the Estádio da Luz

Tottenham battle through to Uefa Cup group stage

Wisla Krakow 1 Tottenham 1 (Tottenham win 3-2 on aggregate)

Portsmouth 2 Middlesbrough 1: Defoe and Crouch on song as Pompey tune up for Uefa Cup

In three days' time, Portsmouth embark on their first-ever European campaign. As winners of last season's FA Cup they are in the first round of the Uefa Cup, where they will host Portuguese club Vitoria SC, from Guimaraes, and this game was excellent preparation.

Laudrup close to Spartak deal

Michael Laudrup, who had been linked with the managerial vacancy at West Ham, is set to take over as coach of Spartak Moscow within the next 48 hours, according to the club's director of sport.

Uefa chief hints at possible transfer rule changes

Uefa president Michel Platini said today that he was unhappy with the transfer system and was considering asking for a review into possible changes.

Hughes expects Olympian effort from Jo in Uefa Cup

The Manchester City manager, Mark Hughes, has identified Jo, his returning Brazilian Olympian, as the side's possible saviour when they attempt to avoid an early Uefa Cup exit tonight. City face the Danish side FC Midtjylland in the second leg of their second qualifying round tie in Herning, trailing 1-0 after a defeat at home.

Queen of the South facing Uefa battle

Queen of the South manager Gordon Chisholm has urged his men to believe they can overturn their Uefa Cup deficit against the Danish side Nordsjaelland. Queens lost 2-1 in the home leg after conceding two soft goals, the first in the second minute.

Falkirk 0 Rangers 1: Smith off the hook as Falkirk pay the penalty

Walter Smith was spared another week in the line of fire after Falkirk's principal striker botched his mission yesterday. Michael Higdon's missed penalty proved costly as it allowed Andrius Velicka to snatch a barely merited victory for Rangers on the opening day of the Scottish Premier League.

Scotland awarded an extra place in 2009 Uefa Cup

Scotland's clubs will receive an extra place in the Uefa Cup in 2009-10, the Scottish Premier League have announced. Scotland will have at least four teams in European competition next season, and Mixu Paatelainen's Hibernian would join Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell and Queen of the South if they qualify via the Intertoto Cup. There will be a guaranteed five the following season as the Intertoto Cup will be replaced with an additional qualifying round in the Uefa Cup.

Rangers striker Cousin is 'ready for England move'

The Rangers striker Daniel Cousin is ready to move to England this summer, according to his agent Willie McKay.

Weir enjoys pressure as Rangers face crucial night

Rangers were on the brink of a historic quadruple and one of their greatest campaigns a few weeks ago. But David Weir is aware they will be branded failures if they do not wrest the Scottish Premier League title from Celtic's grasp tonight.

Man City qualify for Europe

Manchester City will play in next season's UEFA Cup after England were awarded an extra spot in the competition for topping UEFA's Fair Play table.

Russia tells English fans to 'behave' in Moscow

The Russian government has urged English fans to "show respect" to their hosts when they go to Moscow for next week's Champions League final.

Smith holding nothing back for Uefa final as Rangers focus on title

With six games to play in 15 days in three competitions, beginning at lunchtime today at Ibrox against Dundee United, Rangers might be forgiven for having one eye already Wednesday's European final, their first in 36 years.

Uefa Cup likely for City as exit awaits Eriksson

The most profound irony of an extraordinary week in the history of Manchester City revealed itself half an hour or so after Sven Goran Eriksson had delivered what looked, for all the world, like a last farewell.

City on course for UEFA spot

Manchester City are in pole position to claim a place in next year's UEFA Cup after the Football Association was awarded an extra place in next season's competition.

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