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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Advantage CSKA in UEFA Cup's Last 16

CSKA Moscow is seemingly disproving the old adage that Russian clubs fail in Europe in spring with a stunning start to the new season. Having thoroughly outplayed Benfica in the first knockout round of the UEFA Cup last month, winning 3-1 on aggregate, the Army side then took a valuable 1-1 away draw from Partizan in Belgrade last week and is the favorite going into Thursday's second leg in the southern city of Krasnodar.

A place in the UEFA Cup final is the target for this year according to Coach Valery Gazzayev, and after a 3-0 win against Terek Grozny in the first game of the Premier league last Saturday, CSKA should be confident going into the second leg -- one of the five second-leg matches of the second knockout round scheduled for Thursday.

In other games, Sporting Lisbon, which is looking for its second Portuguese success in three seasons, is at home to England's Middlesbrough in Lisbon.

The Portuguese shocked Boro by going three goals up with 25 minutes left of the first leg in England's northeast before a late home rally left the team with a less emphatic 3-2 victory but still in control of the tie.

Real Zaragoza's tie with Austria Vienna is tilted the Spanish side's way after a late Savio equalizer gave it a 1-1 draw in Vienna last week, but Sevilla travels to Italy's sole survivors Parma on Thursday level at 0-0.

Both sides warmed up with a Spanish Premier League meeting in Seville on Sunday when Zaragoza beat Sevilla 1-0 with a goal by Argentine central defender Gabriel Milito.

Sevilla, which has not won for five league games and has not scored in the last two, has defender Javi Navarro suspended.

Parma, UEFA Cup winners in 1995 and 1999, will be without winger Marco Marchionni, sidelined for a month after exploratory surgery on his right knee following an injury during his team's 1-0 defeat at Atalanta on Sunday.

France will also be represented in the last eight with AJ Auxerre 1-0 up against Lille and at home on Thursday in the all-Ligue 1 tie.

(Reuters, MT)