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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shakhtar, CSKA Braced for Cup

LONDON -- Family honor will be at stake when Rapid Bucharest coach Razvan Lucescu opposes his father Mircea Lucescu, coach of Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, in Thursday's UEFA Cup group stage tie.

A home win will guarantee Shakhtar, which is sitting on the maximum number of points in Group G, qualification to the knockout stage.

"I'll beat Razvan because he must learn to lose if he wants to be a good coach," Mircea Lucescu, 61, said by telephone from Ukraine.

Lucescu, former coach of the Romania national side, said the game had caused an unhappy division in his family.

"It's a disaster for my whole family that this match must be played," he said.

"My position is not comfortable at all. If I lose this match or if it ends with a draw, I'll be accused of favoring my son."

Razvan Lucescu, 36, who made 230 appearances as a goalkeeper for a number of Romanian clubs, was in more relaxed mood.

"I have nothing to lose from this match because I am not a big name in international soccer yet," he said. "My father, not me, is under pressure. If he loses, his prestige might be affected."

Cup holder CSKA Moscow needs a victory at home to Levski Sofia to get its defense back on track after taking just one point from two games in Group F.

The Russian side's preparations have been disrupted by the off-the-field troubles of Daniel Carvalho. The Brazilian playmaker has denied media reports that he is being investigated by Russian police after being accused of sexual assault by two teenage girls.

"I must say that I'm totally innocent," Carvalho said at a news conference following CSKA's 4-3 win over relegated Alania Vladikavkaz in the Russian season's finale on Saturday.

"I respect this country and its people too much to do such a thing, and I will take all the legal steps to prove this."

CSKA coach Valery Gazzayev rested several key players, including Carvalho, against Alania after clinching the team's second Russian title in three years two weeks ago. Olympique Marseille, which produced a fine 2-1 win away at CSKA in their opening game, entertains Dutch side Heerenveen looking for another classy show from in-form Franck Ribery.

The midfielder's performances this season since a June move from Galatasaray have put him on the fringes of the France squad and have led to calls for national coach Raymond Domenech to test him before the World Cup finals next year. "He is simply outstanding," said Marseille coach Jean Fernandez.

Bundesliga high-flyes Hamburg SV could seal its passage from Group A if it draws away at Monaco, although a victory would guarantee Thomas Doll's side qualification.

Benjamin Lauth broke his scoring duck for the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over MSV Duisburg, and that should be enough to keep the 24-year-old in the forward line alongside Sergej Barbarez.