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Berbatov is Spurs' hero

German teams have it good

London: Two clinical finishes from Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov took two-time winner Tottenham Hotspur through to the UEFA Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Berbatov's double took his UEFA Cup tally to seven for the season as Spurs overcame a spirited Braga side 3-2 at White Hart Lane for an 6-4 aggregate second knockout round success.

There was double celebration for Germany with Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen reaching the last eight along with Spain's Osasuna, which put out Rangers.

Tottenham can look forward to its first European quarterfinal since 1992 when it bowed out in the last eight to Feyenoord in the Cup Winners' Cup.

Winning sequence

The Premier League side, which enjoyed a bye through to the last 16 after Feyenoord was kicked out of the competition, has won all eight UEFA Cup matches this season.

"We started with 160-170 teams, its pleasing to be in the last eight," said Spurs manager Martin Jol.

Braga coach Jorge Costa hailed Berbatov as "one of the best strikers in Europe" after he proved too hot to handle for the Portuguese side.

Berbatov quickly cancelled out Tom Huddlestone's own goal with a fine finish from Robbie Keane's pass and volleyed in a superb second just before halftime.

A scorching free kick from Brazilian Andrade gave Braga a glimmer of hope but Steed Malbranque, from a Berbatov flick, sealed the tie.

Clinical win

Leverkusen invoked memories of its run to the 2001-02 Champions League final with a clinical 3-0 win over Racing Lens at the BayArena, easily overturning a 2-1 first leg reverse.

Werder Bremen, which failed to advance in the Champions League, defeated Spain's Celta Vigo 2-0 at the Weserstadion to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory.

The home side added to its 1-0 lead from the first leg with a Hugo Almeida header in the 48th minute and made the game safe with a fine Clemens Fritz shot inside the far post in the 61st.

The results: (UEFA Cup second leg): Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Berbatov 2, Malbranque) bt Sporting Braga 2 (Huddlestone-og, Andrade); Bayer Leverkusen 3 (Voronin, Barbarez, Juan) bt Lens 0; Werder Bremen 2 (Almeida, Fritz) bt Celta Vigo 0; Osasuna 1 (Webo) bt Rangers 0. Agencies