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Spartak Moscow became the first Russian side to secure
Spartak Moscow became the first Russian side to secure a spot in the last 32 of the 2007/08 UEFA Cup, beating FC Zurich 1-0 on Thursday evening at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Spartak, who had previously beaten Germany's Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in Moscow and drawn 0-0 away against Sparta Prague in the five-team Group E, knew a victory would guarantee them a place in the next stage of the competition, irrespective of the result of their last game against French club Toulouse on December 19.

Spartak started brightly, forward Roman Pavlyuchenko going close in the 10th minute, but the first-half ended goalless.

The runners-up in the Russian championship did not have to wait long for a goal in the second-half, however, midfielder Yegor Titov clinically dispatching a shot into the Swiss club's goal in the 57th minute.

That goal was enough to ensure that the Moscow club's European adventure will continue come spring. Of the two other Russian sides in the UEFA Cup, Russian champions Zenit will have to rely on other results going their way to make progress, while Lokomotiv finished their group matches without a win, and are out.

The match was marred by the arrests of some 40 Spartak fans who, "were in an intoxicated state at the stadium," said a police spokesman.

Spartak fans were also involved in trouble during their last UEFA Cup match, against Sparta, in Prague on December 29th, when eight fans were arrested, and six hospitalized. Three of the fans who were arrested were detained for being in possession of "symbols forbidden in the Czech Republic."


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