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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

AC Milan Charges Toward UEFA Cup Title


LONDON -- AC Milan, attempting to become only the fourth club to win all three European cup competitions, took a huge stride toward the next stage of the UEFA Cup with a 2-0 quarterfinal first leg win over Bordeaux.

A goal from Stefano Eranio after 29 minutes Tuesday and a second from Roberto Baggio 15 minutes from time, left the Italian league leaders well poised to reach the semifinals next month, despite playing without disqualified Liberian striker George Weah.

In the 41-year history of European club competition only Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona have won all three tournaments.

AC Milan 2, Girondins Bordeaux 0. Eranio, just recovered from injury and fielded to make up for the absence of several key players, gave the Italians a 1-0 first-half lead, scoring on a precise drive from 10 meters. Yugoslav star Dejan Savicevic got the assist.

Italian international Baggio, who missed two scoring chances in the first half, made it 2-0 in the 74th minute, on a free kick.

Baggio sent the ball under the bar from the penalty area edge, for his third goal in the UEFA Cup this season.

"To tell the truth, we had expected an easy game but they didn't give us any space, making life very difficult," Baggio said at the end of a match played in front of a relatively small crowd of about 25,000 in Milan's cavernous San Siro stadium.

Weah was suspended for one game because of bookings earlier in the competition, while midfielders Demetrio Albertini and Zvonimir Boban were both on Milan's sick list.

Barcelona 2, PSV Eindhoven 2. Barcelona's chances of winning this competition for the first time since 1966 -- when it was still known as the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup -- dimmed after it was held to a 2-2 draw at home by PSV Eindhoven in one of two ties between former European champions.

Eindhoven, leading the Dutch league, looked in control after Belgian international Luc Nilis scored after three minutes on a free kick.

Barcelona tied it 1-1 in the 20th when Eindhoven goalie Ronald Waterreus couldn't hold on to a hard shot by striker Angel Manuel Cuellar. Midfielder Jose Maria Bakero raced in from behind to knock in the rebound.

Five minutes into the second half, Nilis charged into the left side of area to chase a rebound off a corner kick, and connected with a left-footed shot into the right corner for the 2-1 lead.

Barcelona came back again when Abelardo Fernandez headed home a pass from an indirect free kick by Josep Guardiola, heading it in from two meters in the 60th minute.

The result leaves PSV in a strong position for the return leg and boosts its chances of an exceptional UEFA, league and Dutch Cup triple.

Bayern Munich 2, Nottingham Forest 1. J--rgen Klinsmann, currently England's player of the year following his outstanding form last season for Tottenham, sent England's last European survivor on its way to defeat with a 16th-minute header.

Forest, returning for the first time to the Olympic Stadium where it won the 1979 European Cup final, was level two minutes later with a header at the other end from Steve Chettle, his first goal of the season.

The quick goal seemed to take Bayern out of its game and put Nottingham in control until Mehmet Scholl scored in the 44th minute on a 10-meter shot. Klinsmann broke across the area and took two defenders with him allowing Scholl a clear shot on Nottingham keeper Mark Crossley.

Crossley came up with two key saves with 17 minutes left in the match to keep Nottingham Forest from going two goals down.

Slavia Prague 2, Roma 0. Slavia Prague beat a Roma side reduced to 10 men for the last nine minutes. Its goals came from Karel Poborsky (11th minute) and Robert Vagner (51st).

Roma, which like Milan is bidding to take the UEFA Cup back to Italy for the seventh time in the last eight seasons, will have to do without defender Fabio Petruzzi in the second leg following his 81st-minute dismissal for pulling down second-half substitute Jiri Vavra. ()