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Relieved Prso sends Monaco through



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MONACO, (Reuters) -- French league leaders Monaco squeezed into the last eight of the Champions League when they struggled to overcome 10-man Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0.

A 60th minute striker by Croatian forward Dado Prso enabled Monaco to take their place in Friday's quarterfinal draw on the away goals rule.

The tie finished 2-2 on aggregate and Monaco went through thanks to Fernando Morientes' valuable late strike in their 2-1 defeat in Moscow two weeks ago.

Lokomotiv were reduced to 10 players when their captain Dmitry Loskov was sent off after 22 minutes following a foul on Morientes -- and dissent.

The Russian team battled all the way and, on an evening of gamesmanship, time-wasting and clumsy fouls, they also showed flashes of fine football mixed with their brutality.

Monaco had to be patient and work hard to achieve the result they needed to reach the last eight.

Only one of the eight yellow cards waved by the inconsistent Portuguese referee Lucilio Cardosa was shown to a Monaco player, Prso for an alleged dive in the first period.

Monaco badly missed the influence of their injured captain Ludovic Giuly, missing with a broken foot, and contrived to waste their best openings including a penalty awarded after 18 minutes.

The spot-kick was given for shirt-pulling by Oleg Pashinin on Emmanuel Adebayor as the Monaco striker burst into the area.

But Croatian forward Dado Prso's resultant shot was pushed away to his left by the diving Sergey Ovchinnikov.

Monaco finally broke through after an hour when Bernardi's reversed pass across the penalty area was met by Prso who made up for his earlier miss by steering a low left shot in at the near post.

Four minutes later, the dangerous and hard-working Morientes almost added a second, but his well-struck volley was parried by the goalkeeper as the game opened up and Lokomotiv finally began attacking, but in vain.


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