Liverpool, Arsenal win

London, August 16:

Andriy Voronin scored two minutes before halftime and five-time winner Liverpool won 1-0 at Toulouse to move a step closer to the lucrative group stage of the Champions League.

On a good night for English clubs, goals in the last 18 minutes by Cesc Fabregas (72nd) and Alexander Hleb (90th) gave 2006 finalists Arsenal a 2-0 victory at Sparta Prague.

David Kalivoda’s 76th-minute penalty gave Slavia Prague a 1-0 victory at four-time European champion Ajax. Sevilla, who have won the last two UEFA Cups, cruised to a 2-0 victory over AEK Athens with second-half goals by Luis Fabiano (48) and Frederic Kanoute (68).

Werder Bremen overcame a first-half deficit to beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 at home. Belarussian club BATE played a 2-2 draw against Steaua Bucharest.

Paul Hartley’s 21st-minute strike put Celtic ahead at Spartak Moscow but Roman Pavluchenko equalised in the 42nd.