Sevilla cruises to victory

London: Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute continued his prolific season with another goal as the UEFA Cup holder underlined its class with a 2-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest in Romania on Thursday.

Mali international Kanoute came off the bench to net a 77th-minute penalty.

Denmark midfielder Christian Poulsen had swept the ball home after 41 minutes before Kanoute gave the Spanish outfit a two-goal cushion for the return when he fired home a spot kick after Dorin Goian's foul on Russian striker Alexander Kerzhakov.

The results: UEFA Cup first round first leg: Steaua Bucharest 0 lost to Sevilla 2 (Poulsen 41, Kanoute 77-pen); Zulte-Waregem 1 (D'Haene 69) lost to Newcastle United 3 (Dindeleux 47-og, Martins 59-pen, Sibierski 76); Lens 3 (Jemaa 49 and 70, Dindane 90-pen) bt Panathinaikos 1 (Salpingidis 65); Braga 1 (Ze Carlos 81) bt Parma 0; Spartak Moscow 1 (Kalinichenko 64) drew with Celta Vigo 1 (Nunez 41). Agencies

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