Thursday, 2 October 2008

UC - R1: Trio march on, Napoli are out

FC Zurich 0-1 AC Milan (Agg: 1-4)Three of Italy's four UEFA Cup contenders are through to the group stage as AC Milan, Sampdoria and Udinese all won their first round ties tonight.

However, Napoli are out after they were unable to prevent Benfica overturning a first-leg 3-2 deficit in Lisbon.

Milan and Samp built on their first leg leads, while Udinese needed a penalty shoot-out to thwart an impressive Borussia Dortmund comeback.

(Agg: 1-4)

AC Milan’s bid to win the one major European trophy that has eluded them will continue into the group stage after adding to their 3-1 home win in Switzerland. Ronaldinho, fresh from his winner in Sunday's Milan derby, set up Andriy Shevchenko with a looping cross and the Ukrainian striker claimed his 61st goal in European football.

Udinese 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Agg: p2-2)UDINESE 0-2 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
(Agg: 2-2, Pens: 4-3)

Tamas Hajnal struck in added time of both halves to earn Dortmund a second chance in the competition only for Udinese to delight the home fans in the penalty shoot-out. Dortmund seemed out of the tie after their 2-0 home loss a fortnight ago but having already gone close through Florian Kringe they pulled one back on aggregate through Hajnal after good work by Lee Young-Pyo on the right. The visitors now put Udinese under real pressure and Samir Handanovic did well to deny Sebastian Kehl, but he was beaten two minutes into injury time when substitute Nelson Valdez connected with a long throw and although his effort was blocked, Hajnal converted the rebound. Fabio Quagliarella and Simone Pepe came close for Udinese in extra time but after both sides missed their first penalties through Hajnal and Maurizio Domizzi, Jakub Blaszczykowski was also unsuccessful for Dortmund and substitute Aleksandar Lukovic struck the decisive spot-kick.

Benfica 2-0 Napoli (Agg: 4-3)BENFICA 2-0 NAPOLI
(Agg: 4-3)

Benfica overturned a 3-2 first-leg deficit to knock out Intertoto Cup winners Napoli. Ezequiel Lavezzi had the chance to grab an away goal after just four minutes but could not beat Quim in the Benfica goal and the home side began to have the better of the play, though Napoli threatened on the counterattack. Just before the break Walter Gargano's corner was struck on to the post by Paolo Cannavaro. Benfica made the most of that let-off and on the hour-mark when Jose Antonio Reyes volleyed them into the lead on away goals after an incisive long pass by Kostas Katsouranis. Now Napoli, away from the UEFA Cup for 14 years before this season, had to press forward and with six minutes left Nuno Gomes exploited space at the back to head in a cross from substitute Carlos Martins.

Kaunas 1-2 Sampdoria (Agg: 1-7)KAUNAS 1-2 SAMPDORIA
(Agg: 1-7)

Sampdoria's 5-0 win a fortnight ago had made their trip to Lithuania a formality but they still completed a second victory. Gennaro Delvecchio headed wide early on and Kaunas took a 17th-minute lead when Irmantas Zelmikas got his foot to Rafael Ledesma's corner. But although Kaunas had the better of the first half Sampdoria rallied after the break and within five minutes Bruno Fornaroli equalised with a diving header. Luca Castellazzi then stopped Ledesma's powerful shot from the edge of the box before Emiliano Bonazzoli made it 2-1 from the edge of the box on the hour.

First Round, Second Leg
Tuesday 20 September
CSKA Moscow 1-0 Slaven Koprivnica (Agg: 3-1)
St Patricks 0-0 Hertha Berlin (Agg: 0-2)
Thursday 2 October
Ajax 2-0 Borac Cacak (Agg: 6-1)
Artmedia Bratislava 0-2 Braga (Agg: 0-6)
Aston Villa 1-1 Litex Lovech (Agg: 4-2)
Benfica 2-0 Napoli (Agg: 4-3)
Club Bruges 2-0 Young Boys (Agg: 4-2)
Copenhagen 1-1 FC Moscow (Agg: 3-2)
Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 SK Brann AET (Agg: 2-2, Pens: 3-2)
Dinamo Bucharest 0-0 NEC Nijmegen (Agg: 0-1)
Galatasaray 2-1 Bellinzona (Agg: 6-4)
Guimaraes 2-2 Portsmouth AET (Agg: 2-4)
Heerenveen 5-2 Vitoria Setubal (Agg: 6-3)
Honka 0-1 Racing Santander (Agg: 0-2)
Kalmar 1-2 Feyenoord (Agg 2-2*)
Kaunas 1-2 Sampdoria (Agg: 1-7)
Lech Poznan 4-2 Austria Vienna AET (Agg: 5-4)
Levski Sofia 0-1 MSK Zilina (Agg: 1-2)
Manchester City 2-1 Omonia Nicosia (Agg: 4-2)
Metalist Kharkiv 4-1 Besiktas (Agg: 4-2)
Motherwell 0-2 Nancy (Agg: 0-3)
Olympiakos 5-0 Nordsjaelland (Agg: 7-0)
PSG 0-0 Kayserispor (Agg: 2-1)
Partizan Belgrade 1-0 Politehnica Timisoara (Agg: 3-1)
Rapid Bucuresti 1-1 Wolfsburg (Agg: 1-2)
Red Bull Salzburg 0-2 Sevilla (Agg: 0-4)
Rosenborg 3-2 Brondby (Agg: 5-3)
Schalke 1-1 Apoel Nicosia (Agg: 5-2)
Sparta Prague 3-3 Dinamo Zagreb (Agg 3-3*)
Spartak Moscow 1-1 Banik Ostrava (Agg: 2-1)
St Etienne 2-1 Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Agg: 4-2)
Standard Liege 2-1 Everton (Agg: 4-3)
Stuttgart 2-2 Cherno More (Agg: 4-3)
Twente Enschede 1-0 Rennes (Agg: *2-2)
Udinese 0-2 Borussia Dortmund AET (Agg: 2-2, Pens: 4-3)
Unirea Urziceni 0-2 Hamburg (Agg: 0-2)
Valencia 2-1 Maritimo (Agg: 3-1)
Vaslui 1-1 Slavia Prague (Agg: 1-1*)
Wisla Krakow 1-1 Tottenham (Agg: 2-3)
Zurich 0-1 AC Milan (Agg: 1-4)

The Italian trio, along with all the other first round winners, will find out their group opponents when the draw is made on Tuesday morning.

[First Leg][Second Leg]

Source: UEFA

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