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Liege thrash Sampdoria to reach last 32

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  • Standard Liege through to last 32 of UEFA Cup after defeating Sampdoria 3-0
  • The Belgian side have won all three of their qualifying matches in Group C
  • Udinese also secure their place with a 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in Group D
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(CNN) -- Serbian striker Milan Jovanovic scored a goal and set up another as Standard Liege became the first side to qualify from UEFA Cup Group C, defeating Sampdoria 3-0 to seal their last 32 place.

Oguchi Onyewu heads home Standard Liege's second goal as they secured their UEFA Cup last 32 place.

The Belgians, who have now won all three of their matches, went ahead in the 23rd minute when Igor De Camargo headed in a Jovanovic pass. The Brazilian also scored in Standard's 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade last week.

American defender Oguchi Onyewu headed home a corner kick 12 minutes later and Jovanovic finished off a flowing move two minutes before half-time to put the match beyond doubt.

The result left Standard with a perfect nine points from three games, three points ahead of Sevilla. Sampdoria and Stuttgart have four points each, while Partizan have lost all their matches and finish bottom after going down 3-0 at Sevilla.

Sampdoria and Sevilla face each other in the final round of matches next week, with the winners joining Liege in the last 32.

Meanwhile, Udinese's European adventure will continue into the New Year after a 2-1 Group D victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

Fabio Quagliarella struck in the fifth minute at the Stadio Friuli before Christian Obodo put the game beyond their rivals' reach with 11 minutes remaining to book the Serie A side's place in the last 32.

Igor Biscan reduced the deficit in stoppage time but it was too little too late for Dinamo, who go out of the competition. The game was stopped for five minutes late in the second half after away fans threw firecrackers onto the pitch.

Udinese's win -- their third in as many games -- has left the Italian side three points clear of Tottenham and six ahead of NEC Nijmegen, Spartak Moscow and Dinamo Zagreb with one round of matches remaining.

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NEC kept their qualification hopes alive in dramatic fashion as two late goals gave them a surprise 2-1 triumph in Moscow.

The Dutch side seemed to be on their way out after Sergey Kovalchuk's second-minute header put Spartak's noses in front going into the final 10 minutes.

But NEC substitute Jhon van Beukering levelled with six minutes to go before Lasse Schone completed the turnaround three minutes later.

Robbie Wielaert and Kenneth Perez scored a goal each to lead FC Twente past Schalke 2-1 to secure their qualification place from Group A.

Captain Wielaert put the Dutch side ahead in the third minute, scoring from what appeared to be an offside position after Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had failed to hold on to the ball.

Perez doubled the lead in the 55th minute with a superb curling 25-meter shot.

Gerald Asamoah scored for Schalke in the 76th minute after Twente goalkeeper Sander Boschker deflected Kevin Kuranyi's shot back into play.

However, Twente held on for the win and they now have six points heading into their final group game at Paris St Germain on December 18.

Manchester City lead the group with seven points, but they wasted a series of chances to claim their third consecutive Group A victory as Mark Hughes' side had to settle for a 0-0 home draw against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday.

The Premier League side should have killed off their French opponents in the first half -- but could not find the finishing touch to their approach play.

A point meant little for City, who had already qualified for the last 32 after winning their first two group matches against FC Twente and Schalke.

Milan Baros' second-half penalty gave Galatasaray a 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin as the Turkish side ensured their qualification from Group B.

Baros converted a penalty in the 69th minute, beating his Czech Republic team-mate Jaroslav Drobny in the Hertha goal for the game's decisive moment.

Galatasaray are now on nine points from their four matches and are definitely through to the last 32, where they will be joined by surprise qualifiers Metalist Kharkiv.

The Ukrainian side sealed their place with a 1-0 home win over Olympiakos, courtesy of a scrappy late goal from Brazilian midfielder Edman.

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