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Parma next mission for Muscovites

Published: Friday 15 April 2005, 11.05CET
PFC CSKA Moskva will play Parma FC in the UEFA Cup last four while Sporting Clube de Portugal tackle AZ Alkmaar.
 
 
Published: Friday 15 April 2005, 11.05CET

Parma next mission for Muscovites

PFC CSKA Moskva will play Parma FC in the UEFA Cup last four while Sporting Clube de Portugal tackle AZ Alkmaar.

PFC CSKA Moskva's bid to become the first Russian team to lift a major European club trophy remains on course but they must get past Parma FC as the UEFA Cup semi-final lineup was decided last night with final hosts Sporting Clube de Portugal earning a tie against AZ Alkmaar.

Previous tie
CSKA had a 4-0 lead going into the second leg of their last-eight encounter with AJ Auxerre, and although the French side won the match 2-0, their hopes of achieving an unprecedented comeback were always slim. Parma, who held visitors FK Austria Wien 0-0 to go through on the away goals rule in a 1-1 aggregate draw, have met CSKA in this competition before. The Italian outfit progressed in the first round of the 2002/03 UEFA Cup with a 1-1 stalemate in Moscow and 3-2 home victory - Adrian Mutu striking a last-gasp winner. This time Parma will be at home first, on 28 April, with the return a week later.

Sporting success
Meanwhile, Sporting's dreams of playing the final at their Estádio José Alvalade remain intact after three second-half goals gave them a 4-1 home success against Newcastle United FC, who had won the first leg 1-0 and scored first in Lisbon. Sporting now have a first competitive tie with Alkmaar, who defeated the last remaining UEFA Intertoto Cup winners, Villarreal CF, 3-2 overall after each team scored one goal in the Netherlands. It is the first time since 1990/91 that no Spanish side has reached the last four of the major UEFA club competitions.

2004/05 UEFA Cup semi-finals
First legs: 28 April
Second legs: 5 May
1 Parma FC v PFC CSKA Moskva
2 Sporting Clube de Portugal v AZ Alkmaar

 
Last updated: 15/04/05 12.16CET

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