London: Liverpool will take on Scottish champions Celtic in an all-British Uefa Cup quarter final next month after Michael Owen guided them to a 2-0 win over Auxerre on Thursday.
Liverpool, who face Manchester United in Sunday’s English League Cup final, improved on a scrappy first-half performance at Anfield against a French side who showed plenty of style on the ball but who struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Celtic, leading 3-1 after the home leg, virtually killed off their tie with goals from Alan Thompson and Chris Sutton giving them a 2-0 lead after just 15 minutes in Germany.
In Thursday’s other matches, Besiktas hammered Slavia Prague 4-2 in Turkey.
Porto drew 2-2 with Denizlispor in Turkey and now face Panathinaikos after the Greeks came through a 0-2 defeat by Anderlecht with nine men after a 3-0 home win last week.
Malaga edged AEK Athens 1-0 in Greece to line up a quarter-final with Boavista.