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Tomasic crowns Levski's fightback
Eduardo's two early goals helped Basel to reach the last eight

SOFIA, Bulgaria (Reuters) -- Croatian defender Igor Tomasic crowned a Levski Sofia fightback and sent them into the UEFA Cup quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Udinese, following a goalless first leg.

Brazilian striker Eduardo scored twice as Basel drew 2-2 with Strasbourg to win 4-2 on aggregate.

Zenit St Petersburg's 1-1 draw with Marseille put them into the last eight for the first time with a 2-1 overall triumph.

Levski, unbeaten at home in the competition this season, were stunned when Argentine Fernando Tissone pounced on a defensive blunder to put Udinese ahead in the 22nd minute.

Levski, who knocked out Slovak champions Artmedia Bratislava in the previous round, missed a golden chance to level a minute before halftime as Hristo Yovov fired over with the goal at his mercy.

The Bulgarians came out strongly after the break and equalized in the 52nd minute when Daniel Borimirov converted from Sedrik Bardon's cross.

Glancing header

Tomasic scored with a glancing header from Lusio Vagner's cross in the 63rd minute.

Eduardo put Basel in front from close range in the third minute and although Strasbourg striker Rudy Carlier leveled in the 10th, the Brazilian fired in his second in the 25th, when he converted a pass from midfielder David Degen.

Strasbourg defender Cedric Kante equalized in the 79th minute when he controlled a pass from captain Yves Deroff.

Zenit striker Alexander Kerzhakov opened the scoring with a powerful left-foot drive from outside the penalty area in the 69th minute.

The French team equalized five minutes later when Frederic Dehu curled a free kick over the defensive wall but in the 89th minute they had goalkeeper Cedric Carraso sent off for fouling Kerzhakov outside the box.

Neither team dominated in the first half, but Marseille's Christian Gimenez and Samir Nasri had shots from inside the box saved by Zenit goalkeeper Viacheslav Malafeev.

Schalke ease through

Schalke eased past 10-man Palermo 3-0 to overcome their 1-0 deficit from the first leg.

Levan Kobiashvili scored from the penalty spot in the 44th minute after Palermo midfielder Eugenio Corini was sent off for handling the ball on the goal-line from a header by striker Soeren Larsen.

Larsen added the second in the 72nd, and midfielder Mimoun Azaouagh netted the third in the 80th.

Schalke, the 1997 champions, are in the last eight for the first time in eight years and are the only German club to get that far in any European competition this season.

"It's just great to be in the quarterfinals again, we played really well," Schalke coach Marko Slomka said.

Larsen, who narrowly missed with a header in the 58th, scored when Gerald Asamoah on the right wing crossed to the striker at the far post.

Asamoah set up Azaouagh to score his first goal for Schalke in only his third game after more than a year out with a knee injury.

Steaua crush Betis 10

Banel Nicolita scored twice and Victoras Iacob added another as Steaua Bucharest cruised to a 3-0 win at Real Betis, whose cause was not helped by the 60th minute dismissal of winger Joaquin Sanchez.

Steaua won 3-0 on aggregate after being held 0-0 in Bucharest last week.

Midfielder Nicolita opened the scoring in the 54th minute by running away from the Betis defense and side-footing past goalkeeper Pedro Contreras from inside the penalty area.

Sanchez was sent off for lashing out with his elbow at Nicolae Dica after the Steaua midfielder had tugged his shirt.

Iacob directed a glancing header home on an in-swinging cross from Dica in the 78th to make it 2-0.

Four minutes later, Nicolita cut in from the left before sending a low shot beyond Contreras' reach.

Steaua's win marked a happy return to Seville where they won the Champions Cup final in 1986.

Some of the players who beat FC Barcelona in that final attended Thursday's game at Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stadium.

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