Spanish sides take varied routes to success

Spain's four contenders are safely through, but if Sevilla FC continued their campaign with a comfortable win, RC Deportivo La Coruña had to turn around a two-goal deficit before a penalties victory over SK Brann.

Frederic Kanouté scored twice to take Sevilla through in Salzburg
Frederic Kanouté scored twice to take Sevilla through in Salzburg ©Getty Images

Spain's four UEFA Cup contenders are safely through to the group stage but while Sevilla FC and Real Racing Club Santander matched first-leg home wins with identical away successes, Valencia CF were given a tough time by CS Marítimo and RC Deportivo La Coruña had to turn around a two-goal deficit before a penalty shoot-out took them past SK Brann.

FC Salzburg 0-2 Sevilla FC (agg: 0-4)
Sevilla's bid for a third UEFA Cup success in four years remains on course after they matched their home win in the first-round return in Austria. Frédéric Kanouté, who scored in the 2006 and 2007 finals, showed he has lost none of his competition prowess as he struck seven minutes before the break after fine work by Adriano. Kanouté added his second from the penalty spot not long before the hour mark after he was fouled in the box by Alexander Zickler.

RC Deportivo La Coruña 2-0 SK Brann (agg: 2-2, Depor win 3-2 on pens)
Two Diego Colotto goals ensured ten-man Deportivo cancelled out their 2-0 first-leg defeat by Brann in Norway, before the home team topped it off by winning on penalties with three Daniel Aranzubia saves. The visitors immediately found themselves under pressure from Miguel Ángel Lotina's side with Omar Bravo and Angel Lafita going close before Colotto headed in from a corner on 18 minutes. Depor's Riki was sent off in the 29th minute for his second yellow card but, with 14 minutes left, Colotto nodded his second of the game to force extra time, and eventually penalties. Aranzubia saved Brann's second spot-kick by Petter Vaagan Moen and although Mista was then unsuccessful, Eirik Bakke was also denied by the home goalkeeper. With Brann needing to convert their fifth attempt, the Depor No1 was in the right place again to frustrate Erlend Hanstveit.

FC Honka Espoo 0-1 Real Racing Club Santander (agg: 0-2)
Racing had a slender 1-0 lead to defend in Finland but a fourth-minute Eduardo Bedía away goal proved the key for them to eliminate their fellow UEFA Cup debutants. Honka came through two qualifying rounds to earn this tie but knew they had to score three times after the early breakthrough. Late in the first half goalkeeper Antonio Toño saved an Aleksandr Kokko effort and despite Honka's determined second-half display, Racing held them at bay with relative comfort.

Valencia CF 2-1 CS Marítimo (agg: 3-1)
Asier del Horno put an end to a frustrating recent spell at Valencia with a late goal to restore their aggregate advantage before David Villa's penalty confirmed the 2004 winners' progress. One-nil up thanks to the win in Madeira a fortnight ago, Valencia saw that advantage cancelled out four minutes before the break as Marcinho chipped over advancing goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. But with 12 minutes left Del Horno arrived in the box to power in a header from a Manuel Fernandes cross and Villa, brought off the bench just before the hour, converted a spot-kick deep in stoppage time after he was fouled by Miguelito.