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Russia's two remaining representatives in the UEFA Cup found
Russia's two remaining representatives in the UEFA Cup found out the identities of their group stage opponents on Tuesday afternoon.

The draw, which took place in Nyon, Switzerland, placed Spartak Moscow in the same group as England's Tottenham Hotspur, Italy's Udinese, Croatia's Dynamo Zagreb, and Holland's NEC Nijmegen.

CSKA Moscow are in the same group as Spain's Deportivo, Holland's Feyenoord, French club Nancy, and Poland's Lech Poznan.

The teams play four games, two at home and two away. The top three sides go into the play-off stages, where they will be joined by the eight third-placed teams from the current Champions League groups.

The first games are to be played on October 23. Fixture details have yet to be confirmed.

Spartak Moscow recently sold striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to Tottenham Hotspur, but the Russian international has already appeared for Spartak in the Champions League qualifying stages and is ineligible to face his old teammates. Spartak were knocked out of the Champions League by Dynamo Kiev, losing 4-1 home and away in the third qualifying round.

Russian teams have an excellent record in the UEFA Cup in recent years. CSKA Moscow became the first Russian club to lift a major European trophy when they defeated Sporting Lisbon 3-1 in the final of the 2004/05 competition, and this May Zenit St. Petersburg won the tournament with a 2-0 defeat of Glasgow Rangers in the final.


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