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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ajax Romps, Part-Timers Stun Milan

GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Swedish part-timers IFK Gothenburg fought back with two late goals to beat Milan 2-1, while Ajax crushed Rangers 4-1 in the European Champions' league.


Milan, resting on its distinguished laurels after taking a 52nd minute lead through majestic Liberian striker George Weah, suddenly found themselves facing the real possibility of being knocked out of Europe after the Swedes scored twice in 10 minutes late in the game.


The game started in frenetic fashion with Weah and Marco Simone looking to take up where they left off in Norway two weeks ago when they put four past Rosenborg.


Weah and Simone indulged in a 50-meter passing exchange that eventually put the striding Liberian through. Stranded Swedish international goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli could only watch as Weah's delicate shot hit the outside of the post.


Pouring rain greeted the players as they walked out onto the Ullevi stadium for the second half and it transformed the pitch into a skating rink, making life equally difficult for both teams.


Milan took advantage of the greasy pitch in the 52nd minute when defender Jonas Olsson missed a skidding ball, presenting Weah with the chance to tuck the ball gracefully past Ravelli.


The stubborn Swedes, who had troubled Milan all evening, fought back, and substitute Erik Wahlstedt had only been on the field for a minute when he headed home an Olsson cross to equalize.


Olsson showed all the skill of his Italian opposition, turning veteran Italian full-back Paolo Maldini inside out to cross to Wahlstedt.


Ten minutes later, the Italian team was enraged when Polish referee Wojcik Ryszard granted a Niclas Alexandersson goal that they claimed was offside.


Replays showed, however, that the Italian back four had been caught flat.


In the other Group D match, Porto kept up their unbeaten run thanks to a last-minute winner from Brazilian substitute Mario Jardel against Norway's Rosenborg.


Portuguese striker Dani scored twice to propel Ajax towards a 4-1 win over Glasgow Rangers, who had England's Paul Gascoigne sent off in the first half of their Group A clash.


Dani's first half goals and further strikes by Tijani Babangida and Nordin Wooter in the final seven minutes enabled the Dutch side to celebrate their 100th European Cup match in style.


Striker Thomas Deniaud scored to give Auxerre a 1-0 home win over Grasshopper Zurich in Group A.


Deniaud, who has scored all his team's Champions' League goals, headed home from one meter a headed cross from the left by winger Bernard Diomede three minutes before the interval.


Deniaud, a stand-in for injured striker Lilian Laslandes, had scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Rangers in Glasgow three weeks ago.


Borussia Dortmund virtually assured their place in the quarter-finals of the European Cup when they beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 for their third successive Champions' League victory.


World Cup defender Stefan Reuter scored in the 50th minute, and that proved sufficient to beat Atletico.


The Germans had goalkeeper Stefan Klos and a healthy dose of luck to thank for the result in an exciting game in which the Spaniards squandered nearly a dozen clear chances.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)