Group B Round-Up

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Palermo claimed top spot in Group B of the Uefa Cup after a convincing 3-0 home win over ten-man Brondby.

The Sicilians took the lead on 24 minutes when Nigerian striker Stephen Makinwa took a through ball from Mario Santana before rounding Brondby goalkeeper Casper Ankergren and slipping the ball into an empty net.

Just before the break, the Rosaneri doubled their advantage when defender Leandro Rinaudo headed home Fabio Grosso's set-piece.

Things were made even worse for the visiting Danes in first half injury time, as defender Thomas Rytter was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The Serie A club added some gloss to their victory with two minutes remaining, as Rinaudo scored his second with another header coming from Eugenio Corini's free kick from the left.

The result means Brondby missed out on making the round of 32 in the New Year.

Espanyol finished second in Group B after a late 1-0 success over Israel's Maccabi Petach-Tikva.

Argentine defender Mauricio Pochettino converted Raul Tamudo's pass with seven minutes remaining to delight the Montjuic crowd.

Maccabi had midfielder Shay Davis sent off just before the end for his challenge on Moises Hurtado.

The result means idle Lokomotiv Moscow finished third in Group B.

Click below for match summaries:
Espanyol 1-0 Maccabi Petach-Tikva
Palermo 3-0 Brondby