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Falcao strike in vain as Atletico go out

RUSSIAN ROULETTE:Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone left a number of regular starters back in Spain for the holders’ Europa League showdown in freezing Moscow

Reuters, LONDON

Fredy Guarin scored twice and Marco Benassi was also on target as Inter, UEFA Cup winners in 1991, 1994 and 1998, won 3-0 at CFR Cluj to breeze past the Romanians 5-0 on aggregate.

Former European champions Benfica beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in Portugal (3-1 on aggregate) and Girondins de Bordeaux progressed with a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in France (2-1 on aggregate).

Big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala were too strong for Germany’s Hannover 96, cruising through 4-2 overall after a 1-1 away draw, while SS Lazio beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 to go through 5-3 on aggregate.

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