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Allardyce ecstatic as Trotters progress in UEFA

Bolton boss hails \'great occasion;\' Totti scores as Roma advances

Allardyce ecstatic as Trotters progress in UEFA

Sam Allardyce was celebrating after Bolton clinched a place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup in its first season in European competition on Wednesday.

A rare goal from Bruno N'Gotty provided the catalyst against Sevilla on a memorable night at the Reebok Stadium.

The French defender stepped off the bench to score his first goal in 23 months.

Even though substitute Adriano pulled the Spanish side level, a point was enough for Bolton to progress as the third-placed side in Group H, and Allardyce declared himself thrilled at how far the Trotters have come. "It's a great feeling for me and the lads that we can park this until February and look forward to the draw on Friday (today)," said the Bolton boss after the 1-1 draw. "This is a great occasion in terms of what we have achieved," he said.

"If the draw is kind to us, who knows how far we can go ? The lads do not want to lose out in any competition. They are hungry for success."

Bolton, which edged out Besiktas for the final place, will be at home in the first leg in the next round. But the Trotters had their work cut out against a Sevilla side which, along with Zenit St. Petersburg, had already qualified. Sevilla finished top.

Allardyce said, "We controlled the game for the first period then they came to life.

"But a draw was enough and it means we remain undefeated in the UEFA Cup, which is something we can be proud of."

n Champion ousted

Meanwhile, Roma, Basel and Heerenveen advanced while defending champion CSKA Moscow was eliminated without even playing.

With one day remaining in the group stage, 17 clubs have qualified for the knockout phase of European soccer's second-tier competition and another eight have been relegated from the Champions League. The final seven were to be decided yesterday.

Defending champ CSKA Moscow was eliminated when Heerenveen claimed the final berth from Group F with a 2-1 victory over Levski Sofia. CSKA needed help from two teams, and Marseille did its part with a 2-1 victory over Dinamo Bucharest. But Levski's loss left CSKA in fourth place with four points, one behind Heerenveen.

Heerenveen will join Marseille and Levski in the next round.

In Marseille, crowd trouble marred the match when Dinamo fans threw a flare at French supporters. Marseille scored through Bostjan Cesar and Jose Delfim.

Roma beat Basel 3-1 at home to advance from Group E. Rodrigo Taddei scored in the 14th minute, Francesco Totti - returning to the lineup from a bruised foot - doubled in the 45th and Shabani Nonda added insurance in the 49th.

Mladen Petric scored for Basel in the 77th minute.

In other UEFA Cup action: Strasbourg 2, Red Star Belgrade 2; Stuttgart 2, Rapid Bucharest 1; PAOK 5, Rennes 1.


Updated : 2021-04-12 08:18 GMT+08:00