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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swedish Part-Timers Stun Blackburn

LONDON -- The English club Blackburn, featuring one of the highest-priced lineups in European soccer, was knocked out of the UEFA Cup by a team of part-time players from Sweden.


Joachim Karlsson scored two goals Tuesday night, the second with five minutes to play, to give Trelleborgs a 2-2 draw and a 3-2 aggregate victory over the heavily favored visitors in the first-round, second-leg clash.


"A multi-million-pound team losing against part-time players -- I guess the other teams in the league and the press will wallow in this," Blackburn manager Kenny Dalglish said.


In Moscow on Tuesday night, visiting Belgium RFS Seraing defeated Dinamo Moscow 1-0, but the home team advanced to the next round of UEFA play on the away goals rule, having won the first-round game 4-3.


The Trelleborgs' upset, the biggest this year in European Cup play, was made even more remarkable by Jonas Brorsson's dismissal for a second yellow-card offense in the 54th minute, meaning Trelleborgs had to play almost the entire second half with 10 men.


Blackburn appeared to have salvaged victory when $5.4 million striker Alan Shearer put the Rovers ahead in the 84th minute. A 2-1 result would have advanced Blackburn into the second round on the away goals rule.


But Karlsson's strike one minute later sent the crowd of 6,730 at Trelleborgs, which had only one full-time player in its lineup, into a frenzy. It was the second time in the game the Swedish club had recovered from a one-goal deficit. Chris Sutton, at $7.5 million the most expensive player in England history, had put Blackburn ahead in the 18th minute before Karlsson equalized in the 50th.


Defeat meant Blackburn, runner-up to Manchester United in the English Premier League last season, made its first appearance in European play a brief one. Meanwhile, Trelleborgs, a team which includes a truck driver, an auditor and a pest controller, was one of 30 teams Tuesday that gained a place in the pot for Friday's second-round draw in Geneva.


In Champions League matches Wednesday night, favored Manchester United was set to take on Galatasaray of Turkey, in a rematch of their contentious showdown last year. Spartak Moscow hosted Paris St.-Germain and Dinamo Kiev traveled to Bayern Munich, among other games.


While Blackburn tripped, there were better fortunes for another English team, Newcastle, against FC Antwerp of Belgium. Andy Cole scored a hat trick as the Magpies, the current Premier League leaders, rolled 5-2 at home to advance to the second round on a 10-2 aggregate.


It was a good night all around for French clubs, including the remarkable return to winning ways by the disgraced former European champion Olympique Marseille. Marseille, which has lost all but three of its players from the team that won the Champions Cup in 1993, beat Olympiakos Piraeus of Greece 3-0 to advance on a 5-1 aggregate. Irishman Tony Cascarino scored twice before 40,000 noisy home supporters.


Marseille was not allowed in Europe last season because of a match-rigging scandal, and was relegated this year to the French second division as further punishment. The team was allowed to play in the UEFA Cup because it finished in second place in the first division.


With Nantes, Bordeaux and Cannes also advancing, French clubs were 4-for-4 in cup play on the night.


Two games in Spain provided some last-minute heroics for the home teams.


Brazilian star Bebeto, who did not want to play in Europe, netted a hat trick -- two in extra time -- to lift Deportivo de La Coruna over Rosenborg 4-1 in the game and 4-2 on aggregate. With the game tied 0-0 and the Norwegian visitors just minutes away from advancing based on their 1-0 win at home two weeks ago, Bebeto scored in the 81st minute to force the 30-minute overtime. Bebeto struck twice more in overtime and Donato Gama da Silva converted a penalty for Deportivo.


Also in Spain, Genar Andrinua scored with one minute remaining to give Athletic Bilbao a 3-0 home victory, and a 3-2 aggregate triumph, over Anorthosis of Cyprus.


Three Italian clubs, all playing at home, turned around disappointing first-leg results to advance to the second round. Striker Fabrizio Ravanelli scored five goals -- four of them within 11 minutes in the second half -- to lead Juventus of Turin to a 5-1 victory over CSKA Sofia of Bulgaria. Diminutive midfielder Gianfranco Zola scored twice to give AC Parma a 2-0 victory over Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, and Rome-based Lazio, which drew 0-0 at Dinamo Minsk two weeks ago, won 4-0 to advance over the visitors from Belarus.