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Moscow, Lisbon in Action in UEFA Cup Semifinals

CSKA Moscow hopes to become the first Russian football (soccer) club to win a European title when it takes on Parma for a place in the UEFA Cup finals.

Moscow has the home advantage when it entertains the Italian side after a scoreless first-leg draw in Parma last week. The Italian club has struggled this season after the collapse of its owner-sponsor Parmalat, while the Russian club is enjoying its best European season ever.

In the other second-leg semifinal match, the Dutch club AZ Alkmaar hosts Sporting Lisbon.

The Portuguese club has added incentive, knowing the May 18th UEFA Cup final is scheduled for its home field, Jose Alvalade Stadium. Sporting Lisbon has the advantage after beating Alkmaar in the first leg, 2-1.