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UEFA Cup overview part two

14 September 2006 22:58

MOLDE, Sep 14 (SW) - Scotland's UEFA Cup representatives, Rangers and Hearts, were both far from impressive on Thursday in the first round, first leg.

Molde - Rangers 0-0

A less-than-quality Rangers side settled for holding Norwegian challengers Molde on Thursday although they could have had the victory if they had won a penalty late on.

They had several chances to go in front in the first half through efforts by Daniel Berg Hestade and Stian Ohr, and then the best chance from Magne Hoseth's header missed the target.

Molde felt hard done late on when Julien Rodriguez appeared to foul Madiou Konate in the penalty area, but Rangers survived the appeals to take a draw back to Ibrox.

Hearts - Sparta Prague 0-2

Perhaps still reeling from a weekend home loss to St. Mirren, Hearts did not come out any brighter on Thursday and went behind in the 34th minute to Czech side Sparta on a goal by Daniel Kolar.

Miroslav Matusovic then inflicted more hurt on the Edinburgh-based club in the 71st minute as he made it 2-0, forcing Hearts to come up with a super performance at Toyota Arena in two weeks.

Fenerbahçe - Randers 2-1

After being knocked out of the Champions League before the group stage, Turkish powers Fenerbahçe sought out to begin a fine run in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, although it didn't start out brightly.

Danish side Randers went in front on 13 minutes as Djiby Fall gave the visitors a stunning lead, but they gave it back in the 25th minute via a Ralf Pedersen own goal.

However, new signing Mateja Kezman gave the Istanbul side a narrow victory in the 55th minute and they will now have to sweat the second leg in Denmark.

Ruzomberok - Club Brugge 0-1

Belgian outfit Club Brugge took the lead and the win in the 38th minute over the Slovakian champions when Croatian international Bosko Balaban curled in a delightful free kick that Lubos Hajduch couldn't stop.

Basel - Rabotnicki 6-2

Swiss side Basel got off to a flying start, taking a 2-0 lead inside the first six minutes against the Macedonian champions on goals from Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Mladen Petric.

Basel cooled off for a short while, but they then saw the lead extended to 3-0 on 34 minutes when Daniel Majstorovic struck from the penalty spot and Petric bagged his second goal of the match just five minutes later as the hosts had Rabotnicki reeling.

Cristiano then stole the show in the second half, scoring twice - in the 71st and 73rd - to extend the lead to 6-0 before Rabotnicki answered with a late goal from Ivan Pejcic and an own goal from Basel's Delron Buckley.

Maccabi Haifa - Litex 1-1

Israeli side Maccabi Haifa, playing in Nijmegen, took the lead after just seven minutes as striker Yaniv Katan put the hosts in front, but Petar Zanev equalized with an away goal for Litex in the 51st minute.

Panathinaikos - Metallurg Zaporizhya 1-1

The Greek hosts took the lead against their Ukrainian opposition on 10 minutes through Dimitris Salpingidis only to see the visitors get a crucial away goal in the 47th minute through Aleksei Godin.

Wisla Krakow - Iraklis 0-1

Wisla Krakow were put on the backfoot early on as their Greek visitors went in front on eight minutes through midfielder Thanasis Pritas, a goal that would hold up to be the match winner and a big edge for the Greeks.

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