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Sevilla win, Arsenal makes last 16 at UEFA Champions League
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13:27, November 08, 2007

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Brazilian midfielder Renato scored a goal in each half to pace Sevilla for a 2-0 win over Steaua Bucharest, and Arsenal played scoreless draw at Slavia Prague but qualified for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

The Spanish side now has nine points before hosting Group H leaders Arsenal, the Czechs have four points, while Steaua are yet to get their first point after four defeats.

Sevilla were in control throughout the match, with well-organized football and quick short passes in midfield.

"It was great to get two goals," Renato said. "The team played well and we've taken a big step towards making the last 16."

Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez said "we were a little nervous at the start. But we set out to do everything we'd practiced and fortunately it worked out very well."

Renato missed the target in the 10th minute, but made no mistake in the 25th minute with a close-range finish off Christian Poulsen's header from a corner.

He added his second with a diving header after Daniel Alves left three Steaua defenders behind and placed a back-heel for Jesus Navas to center the ball.

"My players tried to win but the value gap between the two teams was too big," said Steaua coach Marius Lacatus.

The visitors could have won by an even bigger margin, and it was Steaua's fourth defeat by Sevilla in UEFA Cup and Champions League matches this year.

Slavia Prague held Arsenal to a well-deserved 0-0 draw but was not enough to stop the Gunners from reaching the last 16. The draw left Arsenal top with 10 points from four matches.

Slavia, who suffered a 7-0 rout by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium two weeks ago, showed plenty of fight and could have caused an upset had they taken their chances.

The Premier League leaders failed to create any clear cut scoring opportunities but manager Arsene Wenger was satisfied with the outcome.

"The result is quite positive, because we qualified, we did not concede a goal and we came here to qualify. The defensive performance was good. The offensive performance was average," he said.

"I feel Slavia felt humiliated after the first 7-0 and they defended very well tonight. They were determined not to concede a goal and our tempo was not high enough to create space for chances."

Source: Xinhua



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