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BESIKTAS cemented their place in the quarter finals of the Uefa Cup with a comprehensive 4-2 victory over Slavia Prague in the second leg of their fourth round tie in Turkey.

A jam packed Inonu stadium saw Mircea Lucescu's side dish out a lesson in goal scoring to the Czech Republic side but were made to sweat as the visitors scored two goals in the last 15 minutes to set up a nervous finale.

Besiktas made amends for their first leg defeat, eventually running out 4-3 aggregate winners but made hard work for themselves towards the end of the game.

The Istanbul side were missing Brazilian star Antonio Carlos Zago, after he was red carded in the first leg, but still made home advantage pay and started the brighter of the two sides.

Pancu (pictured) opened the scoring five minutes before half time, rifling the ball home from outside the area after Slavia failed to deal with the ball comprehensively from a corner.

Slavia coach Miroslav Bernanek was furious when his side were again found guilty of not dealing with a set piece properly as Ronaldo Guiaro stabbed the ball home at the far post, after the ball hit Vachousek on the back on 61 minutes.

Midfielders Ahmet Dursan and Ilhan looked to have put the tie beyond the visitors with two goals in five minutes on 66 and 70, before Slavia forward Dostalek scored a consolation penalty after substitute Aduato was bought down in the box.

Bernanek threw on all his substitutes in an effort to salvage a result and Tomas Hrdlicka's goal silenced the Inonu crowd but Slavia were unable to add to their tally.

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Besiktas 4-2 Slavia Prague

Malaga crept into the quarter finals of the Uefa Cup with a solitary aggregate goal victory over AEK Athens.

Following their goalless draw in the La Rosaleda, the Spanish outfit knew any kind of away goal would put them firmly in control of the tie.

Despite a quick start from the home side it was Manu who finally earned the breakthrough after a clever touch from Dely Valdes in the box.

The Greeks finished the half the stronger, however Demis Nikolaidis and Theo Zagorakis just could not force an equaliser.

AEK tried in vain to get themselves back into the contest with Ilija Ivic and Milen Petkov both coming on in the second period, however it was not to be.

For Malaga however, the dream continues and the Costa del Sol outfit sneak into the next round following their previous exploits against Leeds United.

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AEK Athens 0-1 Malaga (Malaga win 1-0 on aggregate)

PORTO earned themselves a place in the quarter finals following a 2-2 away draw against Denizlispor.

The Portuguese outfit had a foot in the door prior to the contest, thanks to their impressive 6-1 home win in the first leg.

The Turks' hopes of getting anything from the game were extinguished when Brazilian striker Derlei fired past Heinen just before the break.

Denizlispor did exit the Cup with some pride after belting in two goals in a five minute second half spell thanks to goals from Ersen Martin and Mustafa Özkan.

Porto ensured they did not lose the second leg when Clayton produced a moment of magic in the dying moment when he back-heeled an equaliser from a Jorge Costa pass.

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Denizlispor 2-2 Porto (Porto win 8-3 on aggregate)

BELGIAN Jupiler league outfit Anderlecht put up a brave fight in their second leg against Panathinaikos securing a 2-0 win, but it was not enough to turn their 3-0 reverse in the first leg.

The Greeks played the most of the contest with only 10 men following the dismissal of Leonidas Vokolos just four minutes before the break.

Nenad Jestrovic took advantage of the extra space available in the second half and pulled a goal back on 68 minutes.

The Yugoslav hit-man netted his second of the contest with eleven minutes remaining, but despite Panthinaikos finishing with only nine men, following Pantelis Konstantinidis' red card, The Belgians could not fashion another.

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Anderlecht 2-0 Panathinaikos (Panathinaikos win 3-2 on aggregate)

BOAVISTA went through to the quarter finals of the Uefa Cup at the expense of German outfit Hertha Berlin as both sides were reduced to 10 men in the Do Bessa stadium.

Defender Avalos' goal was enough to see them through as Jaime Moreira Pacheco's side progress to the last eight of the competition.

Brazilian star Elpidio Silva almost gave the home side the perfect start after muscling his way though the visitors defence but his effort was tipped round for a corner by Gabor Kiraly.

The game was a physical encounter and bookings in the opening 25 minutes for Jorge Pinto and Anunciacao set the tone, whilst midfielders Marchelinho and Pal Dardai also went into the referee's notebook.

Boavista coach Jaime Moreira Pacheco brought on Alexandre Goulart and Brazilian forward Luiz Claudio in an effort to score the vital goal to send them through and should have been helped in the 65th minute when Dardai received his marching orders for his second bookable offence.

Stevens took off in-form Alex Alves and threw on an extra defender in the shape of Roberto Pinto to protect their fragile 3-2 aggregate lead but 10 men Hertha proved to be the more attacking force.

Anuniacao then followed in Dardai's footsteps and was sent off. Though Boavista's hopes looked gone, Avalos stepped up to claim hero status by netting the winning goal.

Substitute Eljolfur Sverrison had the ball in the back of the Boavista net but his effort was ruled out as the Portuguese side's European adventure continues.

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Boavista 1-0 Hertha Berlin