MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, August 26, 2011
Jozy Altidore scored twice to lead AZ to a laugher over Aalesund while Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu were dumped from the competition despite a goal from the USA captain.

Anderlecht 2 - 2 Bursaspor Michael Adubato's press box report.[endlink]

Rangers 1 - 1 NK Maribor

Having lost in Slovenia last week, Rangers needed to do better than a draw in Glasgow but it was not to be as they were denied the opportunity to take part in the group stages.

New American signing Carlos Bocanegra found the back of the net for the Glaswegians in the 75th minute to cancel out Dalibor Volas' earlier strike, but it was too little too late on the night.

Bocanegra and his American colleague Maurice Edu played the entire 90 minutes for Allie McCoist's men.

Alejandro Bedoya was ineligible for the competition.

Sporting Lisbon 2 - 1 FC Nordsjælland

Michael Parkhurst went the distance in defense for Nordsjælland but the Danish team fell in the Portuguese capital after holding Sporting to a scoreless draw the week before.

Filipe Andre Santos struck first for the home team in the 77th minute, followed by Santos Fabiano Evaldo's net bender five minutes later. The Danes did however find a consolation goal from Andreas Laudrup in extra time.

Oguchi Onyewu never made it off the bench for Sporting but will hope to do so in the group stages.

Dnipro 1 - 0 Fulham

Martin Jol's men lost on the night in the Ukraine by a solitary goal but their 3-0 win in the first leg was enough for the English team to make it into the pot for the group stages draw this afternoon.

Clint Dempsey, who scored twice in the home leg, put in 81 minutes for the Cottagers in this game that saw Evgeniy Shakhov beat Mark Schwarzer for the only goal of the night.

AZ Alkmaar 6 - 0 Aalesunds FK

After falling to the Norwegians on the road, Alkmaar ran riot over the Nordic boys to overturn their first leg deficit.

Jozy Altidore got the nod and continued his weekend goalfest by hitting the back of the net on both sides of the intermission.

He was joined by strikes from Maarten Martens, Brett Holman and a late penalty by Brett Holman. The American came off the field in the 63rd minute thereby being denied the chance to register a hat trick with the penalty kick.

Sevilla 1 - 1 Hannover 96

Steve Cherundolo and his Hannover side dumped the Spaniards out of the competition with the one-all draw in Sevilla.

The American anchored the German defense and went the full 90 minutes in this game where Hannover scored both of the goals but unfortunately one being an own-goal by Austrian Emanuel Pogatetz in the 36th minute.

Hannover had already lit up their side of the scoreboard 13 minutes earlier when Norwegian international Mohamed Abdellaoui beat Andrés Palop between the pipes.

Birmingham 3 - 0 CD Nacional

Jonathan Spector played all the minutes in Birmingham's shut-out of Portuguese side Nacional at St Andrews last night.

Teen sensation Nathan Redmond was first to get on the scoreboard in the 15th minute for the eventual game winner. This was followed by defender David Murphy's ten minutes later. The Blues made it three minutes from the final whistle when on-loan striker rippled the net.


Brad Friedel rested on the Spurs bench as they ended in a scoreless draw with Hearts from Scotland. The Londoners advance however after their thrashing of the Scottish side last week.

Dominic Cervi did make the Celtic bench as they were eliminated from the competition by FC Sion following their 3-1 defeat.

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