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13.12.2007 Football News

Appiah's Fenerbahce advance in Champs Lge

Appiah's Fenerbahce advance in Champs Lge

Stephen Appiah's Turkish side Fenerbahce qualified for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the first time on Wednesday thanks to a 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow in Istanbul.

Fenerbahce took the runners-up spot in Group G behind Inter Milan who had already made sure of their place in the knockout round.

The Ghana captain was not in action in the win over the Russians with unconfirmed reports that he is yet to fully recover from a knock.

But if the reports are true then Appiah should be eyeing a place back in the squad in the last 16 of the tournament.

Fenerbahce went a goal down after half an hour when their Brazilian defender Edu diverted a cross from Caner Erkin, a Turk who plays in Russia, past his own goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.

But they were indebted to another Brazilian for pulling them level two minutes later when midfielder Alex volleyed past Igor Akinfeev.

On the stroke of half-time, UEFA Champions League debutant Ugur Boral slotted home a fine pass from Alex to put Fenerbahce ahead and on course for the next round.

Boral came close to making it 3-1 after 65 minutes but his shot came back off the crossbar.

However, he had the last word with his team's third in the last minute.

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