GLASGOW, Sep 28 (SW) - Rangers recovered from a poor first-leg showing to advance in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, but fellow Scottish side Hearts crashed out. Fenerbahçe, meanwhile, were big winners.
Rangers - Molde 2-0
Rangers advance 2-0 on aggregate
After a lackluster first-leg showing in Norway, Rangers came up with a better performance at Ibrox to advance.
Belgian midfielder Thomas Buffel fired Paul Le Guen's side into the lead in the 12th minute before skipper Barry Ferguson got a morale-boosting goal just before the break to seal the victory.
Sparta Prague - Hearts 0-0
Sparta Prague advance 2-0 on aggregate
Hearts' European dream came to a crashing end after they fell to Sparta Prague despite earning a draw in the Czech Republic on Thursday.
A home defeat to the perennial Czech powers effectively did the Scottish runners-up in, forcing them to come up with a flawless showing on Thursday, which they did not produce.
Randers - Fenerbahçe 0-3
Fenerbahçe advance 5-1 on aggregate
Fenerbahçe set up a potentially difficult matchup for any group as they cruised through the first round with a demolition of Danish side Randers.
Brazilian Alex struck the opening goal and the potentially devastating blow on the hour mark to put the Turks in front, before Tuncay Sanli and new signing Mateja Kezman created separation later in the half.
Rabotnicki - Basel 0-1
Basel advance 7-2 on aggregate
After a thorough victory at St. Jakob Park in the first leg, Basel needed just to avoid a total collapse to advance to the group stage, but Mile Sterjovski scored for the Swiss with 15 minutes left to add to the margin of victory.
Club Brugge - Ruzomberok 1-1
Club Brugge advance 2-1 on aggregate
Brugge's victory in Slovakia two weeks ago proved to be the margin of victory as they moved into the group stage after being held by Ruzomberok.
The match appeared headed for extra time after Robert Rak's 29th-minute goal pulled the Slovak champions level in the tie, but Croatia striker Bosko Balaban struck yet another big goal for the Belgians one minute from time to secure qualification.
Metalurg Zaporizhiya - Panathinaikos 0-1
Panathinaikos advance 2-1 on aggregate
In their first European match under caretaker manager Jasminko Velic, Panathinaikos spared themselves blushes after securing an away win in Ukraine over Zaporizhiya to move on to the group stage.
Dimitrios Papadopoulos scored in the 14th minute to put the visitors from Greece in front and the hosts could not find an equalizer that would have sent the tie to extra time.
Litex - Maccabi Haifa 1-3
Maccabi Haifa advance 4-2 on aggregate
Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa rounded back into form as they secured a nice victory in Bulgaria to move into the group stage of the UEFA Cup.
Dirceu Xavier put the visitors in front on 19 minutes before Alain Masudi extended the advantage just after the half-hour mark.
Sandrinho pulled one back for Litex to give them some hope, but Roberto Colautti's goal in the 67th minute ended their hopes.
Iraklis - Wisla Krakow 0-2 AET
Wisla Krakow advance 2-1 on aggregate
It was all set for Greek side Iraklis to upset the Polish giants, but Nikola Mijailovic scored in the dying stages of the second half to force the tie to extra time.
Ten minutes into the extra session, Roberto Cantoro scored to force Iraklis to score twice, but they lacked the finishing touch and the creativity in attack, and the Poles held on to advance.
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