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Feyenoord Threat to Sporting Lisbon’s dream

Malta Independent Saturday, 18 December 2004, 00:00 Last update: about 10 years ago

Sporting Clube de Portugal were paired with 2002 winners Feyenoord in yesterday’s draw for the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

The final this year is being played at the Lisbon side’s Estádio José Alvalade on 18 May 2005.

Sporting, who won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963/64, drew 1-1 at Newcastle United on Thursday night to qualify after finishing third in Group D. The seven other third-placed teams were joined in the hat by the eight group winners and runners-up. Taking the tally to 32 were the eight sides who finished third in their UEFA Champions League sections, including CSKA Moscow who will play Sporting’s city rivals Benfica. Along with Feyenoord and Benfica, Ajax and Steaua Bucharest were the only former European Champion Clubs’ Cup winners in the draw. Ajax will take on Auxerre, while Steaua meet the holders Valencia. Ajax’s fellow Dutch clubs, AZ Alkmaar and Heerenveen, tackle Alemannia Aachen and Newcastle United.

Ukraine was also well with Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk. Dynamo face Villarreal, Shakhtar play Schalke 04 and Group C winners Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk were pitted against Partizan Belgrade.

The format is now two-legged knockout games with the first legs to be played on the 16/17 February and the second legs on 24 February. The draw for the last 16 also took place, with no teams seeded. Match dates are set for 10 and 16/17 March and final dates, venues and kick-off times will be confirmed on 28 February.

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