LONDON, March 4: Former UEFA Cup winners Inter Milan, Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven reached the last 16 on Wednesday but Parma and Galatasaray bowed out after being thrashed 3-0 in third round, second leg ties.

Barcelona saw off Denmark's Brondby and fellow former European champions Benfica will also be in Thursday's draw after scraping through on away goals against Rosenborg Trondheim.

Inter battled to a goal less draw against French side Sochaux that sent them through on away goals, though their Italy striker Christian Vieri was sent off four minutes from time after appearing to elbow an opponent.

Parma, UEFA Cup winners in 1995 and 1999, faced an uphill struggle after losing the first leg 1-0 at home to Genclerbirligi and their hopes of rescuing the tie effectively ended when goalkeeper Sebastien Frey was sent off in the 37th minute.

Filip Daems converted the penalty and late gaols by Matteo Ferrari, who put through his own net, and Ali Tandogan completed a miserable week for financially troubled Parma.

Roma, second in Serie A, had better luck in turning around their tie against Turkish opponents after trailing 1-0 from the first leg at Gazientepspor, strikes from Brazilian Emerson and Antonio Cassano sending them through.

Galatasaray, the first Turkish winners of a European trophy when they lifted the UEFA Cup in 2000, were knocked out by Spanish side Villarreal. Spectacular strikes from Sonny Anderson and midfielders Roger Garcia and Juan Roman Riquelme helped the Spaniards seal a comfortable 5-2 aggregate win.

Luis Garcia and Philip Cocu were on target as in-form Barcelona brushed aside Brondby 2-1 to complete a 3-1 aggregate win, their eighth successive victory in all competitions.

After a 3-2 triumph in the first leg in Spain, Valencia had an easier time against Turkish champions Besiktas, winning 2-0 through goals by Miguel Angel Angulo and Juan Sanchez.

Also in need of a tonic was Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who recently received a letter threatening his life if he did not resign. Early goals from England internationals Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen gave the three-times UEFA Cup winners a perfect start at Levski Sofia and headers from Dietmar Hamann and Sami Hyypia sealed a 4-2 win for a 6-2 aggregate triumph.

Two goals from Shola Ameobi and an Alan Shearer free kick helped Newcastle United to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Norway's Valerenga, Bobby Robson's side going through 4-2 on aggregate, and Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven also won 3-1 on the night and on aggregate against Perugia.

French hopes of a first triumph in the competition were kept alive by the progress of Olympique Marseille, AJ Auxerre and Girondins Bordeaux. A goal less draw sent Marseille through courtesy of a 1-0 home victory over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine last week and Auxerre needed a 72nd-minute Bonaventure Kalou goal at Panathinaikos for a 1-0 aggregate win. Bordeaux crushed Poland's Groclin Grodzisk 4-1 for a 5-1 aggregate success.

Benfica's Nuno Gomez had a mixed night at Rosenborg, scoring the vital away goal in a 2-1 defeat before being sent off and last season's runners-up Celtic completed a 3-1 aggregate victory over Teplice despite losing 1-0 in the Czech Republic.

Collated results

Genclerbirligi 3 Parma 0

First leg: 1-0; Genclerbirligi win 4-0 on aggregate

D. Dnipropetrovsk 0 Olympique Marseille 0

First leg: 0-1; Olympique Marseille win 1-0 on aggregate

AS Roma 2 Gaziantepspor 0

First leg: 0-1; AS Roma win 2-1 on aggregate

Teplice 1 Celtic 0

First leg: 0-3; Celtic win 3-1 on aggregate

Girondins Bordeaux 4 Groclin Grodzisk 1

First leg: 1-0; Bordeaux in 5-1 on aggregate

Debrecen 0 Club Bruges 0

First leg: 0-1; Club Bruges win 1-0 on aggregate

Besiktas 0 Valencia 2

First leg: 2-3; Valencia win 5-2 on aggregate

Levski Sofia 2 Liverpool 4

First leg: 0-2; Liverpool win 6-2 on aggregate

PSV Eindhoven 3 Perugia 1

First leg: 0-0; PSV Eindhoven win 3-1 on aggregate

Panathinaikos 0 AJ Auxerre 1

First leg: 0-0; AJ Auxerre win 1-0 on aggregate

Newcastle United 3 Valerenga 1

First leg: 1-1; Newcastle win 4-2 on aggregate

Rosenborg Trondheim 2 Benfica 1

First leg: 0-1; Aggregate: 2-2; Benfica win on away goals

Inter Milan 0 Sochaux 0

First leg: 2-2; Aggregate: 2-2; Inter win on away goals rule

Real Mallorca 0 Spartak Moscow 1

First leg: 3-0; Real Mallorca win 3-1 on aggregate

Barcelona 2 Brondby 1

First leg: 1-0; Barcelona win 3-1 on aggregate

Villarreal 3 Galatasaray 0

First leg: 2-2; Villarreal win 5-2 on aggregate.

Draw for the fourth round:

Celtic v Barcelona; Genclerbirligi v Valencia; Girondins Bordeaux v Club Bruges; Newcastle United v Real Mallorca; AJ Auxerre v PSV Eindhoven; Inter Milan v Benfica; Liverpool v Olympique Marseille; Villarreal v AS Roma

First leg ties to be played on Thursday, March 11 and second leg ties to be played on Thursday, March 25. -Agencies



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