Mixed fortunes for English sides in UEFA Cup

February 20th, 2009 - 4:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Hamburg, Feb 20 (DPA) English clubs suffered mixed fortunes in UEFA Cup round of 32 first-leg ties as Tottenham Hotspur conceded two late goals to go down to Shakhtar Donetsk while Manchester City drew away to FC Copenhagen.
Spurs paid the price for some poor defending in the Olympiyskiy Stadium Thursday when substitute Yevgen Seleznov was able to head Brazilian midfielder Jadson’s free-kick past goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes 11 minutes from time to put the home side in front.

Jadson made it 2-0 just before full time after playing a one-two with Seleznov to leave Harry Redknapp’s side facing a tough task in the return leg at White Hart Lane next Thursday if they are make it to the last 16 of the tournament.

Manchester City, on the other hand, will be favourites to book their place in the next round despite conceding a late goal to draw 2-2 with Copenhagen in Denmark.

Nedum Onuoha opened the scoring after Copenhagen goalkeeper Jesper Christiansen somehow managed to allow the defender’s weak shot to squeeze under his body.

Ailton Almeida levelled matters for the home side but Stephen Ireland restored City’s lead with a half-volley.

However, Martin Vingaard gave Copenhagen some hope of progressing when he headed in Dame Ndoye’s cross in injury time to make it 2-2.

Lech Poznan came from two goals down to also snatch a 2-2 draw at home to Udinese.

After a goalless first period, Udinese wasted no time in the second half, going in front five minutes after the restart when Fabio Quagliarella headed home a Gaetano D’Agostino free-kick.

The Serie A side doubled their lead five minutes later when Lech goalkeeper Turina blocked a strike from Gokhan Inler only for the ball to rebound off defender Manuel Arboleda and into his own net.

Lech gave themselves hope when Peruvian Hernan Rengifo pulled one back nine minutes from time and Arboleda completed an unlikely comeback three minutes later, heading past goalkeeper Samir Handanovic after the Udinese defence failed to clear.

The 2-2 draw means both sides still have it all to play for in the return leg in Italy.

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