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UEFA CUP UPDATE

Posted on 7 December 2006  - 12:00

Following the final round of group matches in the Champions League on Wednesday night, we now know the identity of the eight teams joining us in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup after finishing third in their groups.

Following the final round of group matches in the Champions League on Wednesday night, we now know the identity of the eight teams joining us in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup after finishing third in their groups.

Werder Bremen, CSKA Moscow, Shaktar Donetsk, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Bordeaux, Steaua Bucharest and AEK Athens will be in the draw when the knockout stages resume in February.

Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen look the strongest of the eight having pushed Chelsea and Barcelona all the way in qualifying only to lose a winner takes all final match against the reigning champions in the Nou Camp.

CSKA Moscow, meanwhile, won the UEFA Cup as recently as 2005.

Dinamo Bucharest - cheer us to top spot!

Our UEFA Cup group will be decided when we face the Romanians at the Lane on Thursday week, December 14.

It's now a shoot-out in the final group game - a draw is good enough for us to clinch that crucial top spot but Dinamo can nick it with a win at the Lane.

So why is top spot so important?

Group winners will be drawn against a third placed team from one of the other UEFA Cup groups, with those in second place facing the prospect of taking on one of the eight teams above who finished third in their respective Champions League groups.

To secure your tickets for the visit of Dinamo, go to our online ticketing service HERE, call 0870 420 5000 or visit the Park Lane Ticket Office in person between 9.30am-5.00pm.