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UEFA Cup 2007/2008

The German Bayern Munich with a victory over Belenenses (1-0) on busy night of UEFA Cup 2007/2008.

The Italy international gave the competition favourites a first-leg lead after converting Mark van Bommel’s cross on 34 minutes.

The Bavarian giants take the advantage into the return leg in Portugal on October 4.

Dennis Rommedahl scored a crucial away goal as Ajax posted a narrow 1-0 first-leg win over Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia. The Dane exchanged passes with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar before finding the back of the net after 62 minutes.

Stefan Kiessling scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Uniao Leiria 3-1 at the BayArena. Leverkusen’s Vratislav Gresko and Leiria’s Hugo Faria both saw red, each for second bookings.

Bordeaux scored two goals in stoppage time to secure a dramatic 3-2 away win at Finnish side Tempere.

Jarkko Wiss gave the home side the lead but Fernando Cavenaghi equalised before Tomi Petrescu restored the home side’s advantage.

The French side looked to be beaten before substitute Johan Micoud scored in the 92nd minute and Cavenaghi bagged his second a minute later.

Rennes all but ensured their passage to the group stage with a 3-1 win at Lokomotiv Sofia but fellow Ligue 1 side Sochaux lost 2-0 at home to Panionios of Greece.

Roman Pavluchenko bagged a hat-trick inside the first 20 minutes as Spartak Moscow romped to a 5-0 victory over Swedish team Hacken.

Spartak’s city neighbours Lokomotiv did not have it quite so easy but should still progress after they secured a 3-1 away win over FC Midtjylland, while Andrei Arshavin scored twice as Zenit St Petersburg beat Standard Liege 3-0.

Bosko Jankovic scored a last-minute penalty to give Palermo a 1-0 win over Czech side Mlada Boleslav while Sampdoria conceded twice in Genoa to draw 2-2 with AaB Aalborg.

Zdravko Kuzmanovic scored as Fiorentina came from behind to draw 1-1 at FC Groningen and Empoli defeated FC Zurich 2-1.

Galatasaray snatched two away goals as they lost 3-2 to FC Sion. Alvaro Dominguez, Vilmos Vanczak and Jamal Alioui had put the home side 3-0 up but strikes from Cassio Lincoln and Tobias Linderoth left it all to play for in Turkey.

Atletico Madrid are as good as in the hat for the next round after two early goals from Miguel Mista and Diego Forlan and a Luis Garcia double sealed a 4-0 win over Kayseri Erciyesspor.

Rivaldo was on target as AEK Athens beat Salzburg 3-0 in Greece. Geraldo Alves and Panagiotis Kone also scored for AEK.

Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade earned a 1-0 win in Poland over Groclin Dyskobolia while Sweden’s Hammarby triumphed 2-1 over Braga.

The two sides from the Austrian capital both had a good night with Austria Vienna beating Valerenga 2-0 and Rapid getting a vital away goal in a 1-1 draw at Anderlecht.

Dutch outfit Heerenveen conceded three away goals but still go into the second leg of their match with Helsingborg as favourites after a 5-3 win.

Ikechukwu Uche scored in the 90th minute for Getafe to earn a 1-0 win over FC Twente, who had Edson Braafheid sent off for two yellow cards.

Francois Sterchele scored in the 84th minute to earn Club Brugge a 1-0 away win against SK Braan, IF Elfsborg won 2-1 at Dinamo Bucharest and FC Basle secured a 2-1 win at FK Sarajevo.

Nurnberg’s match with Rapid Bucharest was goalless as was Hapoel Tel-Aviv versus AIK.

Sparta Prague and Odense also shared a goalless draw in the Czech capital, while Toulouse and CSKA Sofia drew 0-0 in France.

Dame Ndoye’s stoppage-time strike earned Panathinaikos a 2-1 victory at Artmedia Bratislava, while a sixth-minute goal from Avraam Papadopoulos gave Aris Salonika a surprising 1-0 win over Real Zaragoza of Spain.

Kahveci Nihat scored twice while Marcos Senna and Jon Dahl Tomasson were also on the scoresheet as Spain’s Villarreal defeated BATE 4-1.

Finally, Holland’s AZ Alkmaar earned an last-gasp 1-0 win over Portugal’s Pacos de Ferreira courtesy of Sebastien Pocognoli’s late strike.