Everton edge ahead in Uefa Cup
The English Premier League side secure a club record sixth-successive European win.
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2008 06:55 GMT
Victor Anichebe's 88th minute goal sealed a 2-0 victory for Everton over SK Brann [GALLO/GETTY]
Everton, in form English Premier League club, moved closer to a place in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup with a 2-0 victory away to Norwegian champions SK Brann, giving the Toffees a club record sixth-successive European win.
Elsewhere French teams had mixed fortunes as Marseille, 1993 European Cup winners, produced a fine second-half display scoring three times to beat Spartak Moscow 3-0 while Bordeaux lost 2-1 away at Anderlecht.
Rangers, Scottish Premier League champions, stumbled to a 0-0 home draw against Greek league leaders Panathinaikos in Glasgow and were booed off the pitch, while German side Werder Bremen walloped Portugal's Sporting Braga 3-0.
Bremen's Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen can be optimistic about progressing after securing a handy 0-0 draw away at Galatasaray.

"We need to show respect because Brann are as I said a good side and they will be coming looking for revenge."

David Moyes,
Everton manager

Everton will take two away goals back to Goodison Park thanks to feat thanks to Leon Osman's stunning rightfooted effort from outside the penalty area and a goal from teenager Victor Anichebe both in the second half after an even first 45 minutes.

"I am delighted with the way we turned this game round," David Moyes, Everton manager, said.

"In the first-half we were not going anywhere.

"Brann are a good side. They have won the Norwegian championship which means they saw off Rosenborg, so this win is a big and one to be proud of."

However the Scot refused to accept that a place in the last 16 was all but assured, even with the two-goal buffer going into the home leg.

"We need to show respect because Brann are as I said a good side and they will be coming looking for revenge."

Marseille leave it late

Like Everton, Marseille left it until the second-half to ease past Spartak, making their no-nonsense coach Eric Gerets a happy man as he prepares for the return-leg in Moscow next Thursday.

"That was a lot better!" gushed Gerets about the second-half.

"If we were not happy with the result it would be unfair on the players.

"We're in a good position but you never know."

Meanwhile Walter Smith, Rangers manager, refused to blame Spanish forward Nacho Novo for missing a host of opportunities in the stalemate against Panathinaikos.

"Like all forwards you sometimes go through situations where the goals go in and sometimes they don't," said Smith, who oddly left top scorer Kris Boyd on the bench and sent on wantaway striker Daniel Cousin in the second-half.

"Against Panathinaikos Nacho wasn't able to score but he's scored a number of vital goals for us this season.

"Unfortunately it just wasn't his night on Wednesday."

In other results on Wednesday night Zenit St Petersburg defeated Villarreal 1-0 while AEK Athens were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Spain's Getafe.

Dutch side PSV defeated Sweden's Helsingborg 2-0, and Sporting Lisbon overcame Basel by the same score in Portugal.

A further six matches will be played on Thursday to complete the first leg of this knock-out round.

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