UEFA Cup: Villa and Milan crash out

UEFA Cup: Villa and Milan crash out

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UEFA Cup: Villa and Milan crash out


Oguchi Onyewu and Brad Guzan saw their UEFA Cup dreams dashed while David Beckham saw his chances of making a permanent move to AC Milan dented as all three watched their team suffer disappointed results on Thursday.

Milan blew a two-goal lead at home against Werder Bremen as Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro struck for two second-half goals to give Bremen a 2-2 draw, and a series victory on away goals to send the Italian power packing.

Onyewu's fate seemed sealed a week ago when Standard Liege suffered a 3-0 first-leg loss to Portuguese club Braga. Liege could only muster a 1-1 draw at home to see their European campaign ended.

Guzan got what could be his last club start for some time as he and an Aston Villa squad of mostly reserve players fell to CSKA Moscow, 2-0, to lose on aggregate. Fellow American Eric Lichaj made the bench for Villa, but did not play.

Here is how the rest of today's UEFA Cup action shook out:

  • CSKA Moscow 2, Aston Villa 0 (CSKA wins series, 3-1)

  • Manchester City 2, FC Copenhagen 1 (Manchester City wins series, 4-3)

  • FC Metalist Kharkiv 2, Sampdoria 0 (FC Metalist Kharkiv wins series, 3-0)

  • Standard Liege 1, Braga 1 (Braga wins series, 4-1)

  • Hamburg 1, NEC Nijmegen 0 (Hamburg wins series, 4-0)

  • Udinese 2, Lech Poznan 1 (Udinese wins series, 4-3)

  • Twente Enschede 0, Marseille 1 (Marseille won series on penalty kicks)

  • VFB Stuttgart 1, Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Zenit St. Petersburg wins series, 4-2)

  • VfL Wolfsburg 1, Paris St. Germain 3 (Paris St. Germain wins series, 5-1)

  • St. Etienne 2, Olympiakos 1 (St. Etienne wins series, 5-2)

  • Galatasaray 4, Bordeaux 3 (Galatasaray wins series, 4-3)

  • Deportivo La Coruna 1, AaB 3 (AaB wins series, 6-1)

  • AC Milan 2, Werder Bremen 2 (Werder Bremen wins series, 3-3, on away goals)

  • Tottenham 1, Shakhtar Donetsk 1(Shakhtar Donetsk wins series, 3-1)

  • Ajax Amsterdam 1, Fiorentina 1 (Ajax Amsterdam wins series, 2-1)

  • Valencia 2, Dynamo Kiev 2 (Dynamo Kiev wins series, 3-3, on away goals)

Here are the match-ups for the Round of 16 (home and home dates, with the first leg to be held on March 12th):

  • Werder Bremen vs. St. Etienne

  • CSKA Moscow vs. Shakhtad Donetsk

  • Udinese vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

  • Paris St. Germain vs. Braga

  • Dynamo Kiev vs. Metalist Kharkiv

  • Manchester City vs. Aab Aalborg

  • Marseille vs. Ajax Amsterdam

  • Hamburg vs. Galatasaray

What did you think of today's results? Disappointed to see Onyewu and Guzan eliminated? Surprised to see Milan out? Which Round of 16 match-up are you most looking forward to?

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