KAUNAS, Jul 26 (SW) - Reigning European champions Liverpool fell behind early in Lithuania, but recovered for a 3-1 victory at Lithuanian champions Kaunas in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie. Also, Cypriot champions Anorthosis recorded an historic win over Trabzonspor.
Kaunas (LTU) 1-3 Liverpool (ENG)
The Lithuanians got a shock lead on 21 minutes when a cross by Arturas Rimkevicius fell to Giedrius Barevicius, who got behind a slew of Liverpool defenders to slide the ball past José Reina for a 1-0 Kaunas lead.
Befuddled, the European champions quickly gathered their nerve and Djibril Cissé eased the tension with an equalizer six minutes later. After a cross by new signing Bolo Zenden, another new signing Peter Crouch headed the ball down where Frenchman Cissé volleyed past Eduardas Kurskis for 1-1.
Three minutes later, an unlikely source put the Reds in front. Off of a Steven Gerrard corner kick, defender Jamie Carragher rose to head the ball into the net for his first Liverpool goal in six years.
Early in the second half, Reds skipper Gerrard ran into the area where he was hauled down by Mindaugas Baguzis and the England midfielder converted the penalty for his sixth goal in three qualifying games so far this season.
The second leg is set for Tuesday at Anfield Road.
Anorthosis (CYP) 3-1 Trabzonspor (TUR)
In the first match ever between Greek Cypriot and Turkish teams, it was the team from the Mediterranean island that got the upper hand in the tie and an upset win on Tuesday in Nicosia.
Cyprus internatioanal Nikos Nikolaou put Anorthosis in front on 24 minutes when a shot by Klimenti Tsitashvili was deflected by a Trabzonspor full back right to Nikolaou who slammed in the ball for a 1-0 lead.
Just before the interval, Trabzonspor were reduced to ten men when Ibrahima Yattara was sent off for his second bookable offense of the match. However, Anorthosis went 30 second-half minutes without taking advantage and Fatih Tekke made them pay with 15 minutes to go.
Last season's Turkish Super Lig leading scorer scored on a header from a Miroslaw Szymkowiak corner kick to give his side what could be a crucial away goal.
Anorthosis would regroup and on 83 minutes, Nikolaos Froussos scored with a header of his own to give his side a 2-1 lead and Tsitashivili added a huge third goal in injury time after nice setup by Froussos.
The second leg will be Wednesday in Turkey.
Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 2-2 Thun (SUI)
Perennial group stage participants Dynamo Kiev put themselves in a hole on Tuesday as they earned just a home draw with Swiss challenegers FC Thun at the Valeri Lobanovskiy stadium.
The Ukrainians got off on the better foot, taking a 19th-minute lead when Oleg Gusev beat Thun goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, but Thun were let back into the match five minutes before the interval when Rodolfo misplayed the ball and slid it past his own goalkeeper to give Thun a gift equalizer.
Uzbekistan international Maksim Shatskikh would restore Dynamo's lead just three minutes after the Rodolfo mishap, but Thun, coming off of a weekend thrashing of Swiss champions Basel, got yet another equalizer.
With 66 minutes on the clock, Silvan Aegerter took the ball from Mauro Lustrinelli and beat Olexander Shovkovskiy in the Dynamo net for 2-2 and a huge draw heading into next Wednesday's second leg in Switzerland.
Anderlecht (BEL) 5-0 Neftchi (AZE)
Belgian side Anderlecht had no problems disposing of Azerbaijan's champions Neftchi in Brussels on Tuesday, getting goals from five different scorers en route to a big win.
Hannu Tihinen opened Anderlecht's account on 22 minutes when he headed in from a Bart Goor corner kick and just two minutes later, Nenad Jestrovic put in a header of his own off of a cross by Christian Wilhelmsson.
Mbo Mpenza put the match out of reach for Neftchi just after the half-hour mark and Goor, who recently re-joined the club, scored off of an indirect free kick when Neftchi goalkeeper Jahangir Hasanadze handled a backpass.
Yves Vanderhaeghe added a fifth for emphasis in the 78th minute to complete the rout.
Vålerenga (NOR) 1-0 Haka (FIN)
Norway's Vålerenga got the upper hand in a Scandinavian derby, knocking off Finnish rivals Haka in Oslo, setting up a big second leg back in Finland.
The lone goal of the match was scored just five minutes after the restart when Norwegian international Freddy Dos Santos converted a penalty to seal the victory for Vålerenga.
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) 0-2 Brøndby (DEN)
The European season for Dinamo Tbilisi is nearly over after the ten-man Georgian side was beaten at home by Michael Laudrup's Brøndby side on Tuesday.
With four minutes to play in the first half, Dinamo were reduced to ten men when Alexander Amisulashvili picked up his second yellow card of the match. As the half-time whistle blew with the score 0-0, Brøndby would emerge from the dressing room seeking to take advantage.
They did just that on 59 minutes when Morten Skoubo bagged a goal for the Danes to make it 1-0. It marked a continuation to Skoubo's hot start to the Danish season. The player has scored three goals in his side's first two games.
Swedish international Johan Elmander got a second for Brøndby with seven minutes to play giving his team a comfortable advantage as they head back to Denmark for the second leg.
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