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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Champ Bayern Battered in UEFA Start

LONDON -- Bayern Munich made a feeble start to their defense of their UEFA Cup title, slumping to a 3-0 defeat to Valencia of Spain in their first round first-leg match.


The Germans, with ambitions to build a side capable of conquering Europe, went 1-0 down Tuesday on a first half penalty by Vicente Engonga and fell further behind through a goal from Argentine striker Claudio Lopez before halftime.


Gabriel Moya headed home a third in the second half and, with the Germans in disarray, Valencia should have added more.


To round off an already disastrous night for Bayern, three-time European Cup champions in the mid-1970s, Alexander Zickler was sent off for a heavy challenge in the closing minutes.


But while the Spaniards had reason to celebrate, the night really belonged to the Italians.


After the disappointment of last year's UEFA Cup campaign, they signalled their return with a string of impressive results.


Internazionale, twice UEFA Cup winners, went to French newcomers Guingamp and came away with an emphatic 3-0 win, and Lazio enjoyed a similarly fruitful trip across the western Alps, beating Lens 1-0. Roma and Parma also came through easily.


Internazionale lived up to their name in Brittany against Guingamp, scoring through an Italian, a Frenchman and a Swiss, to all but guarantee a second-round berth.


Maurizio Ganz put Roy Hodgson's side 1-0 up after 25 minutes, France's Youri Djorkaeff added a second from the penalty spot after halftime and Ciriaco Sforza completed the win with a late third strike.


Lazio had defender Giuseppe Favalli sent off on the half-hour after two yellow card fouls in less than five minutes but did not let that get in their way against Lens.


With only six minutes left to play, Lazio's Argentine international defender Jose Chamot rose to meet a Giuseppe Signori free kick and headed the ball crisply past goalkeeper Jean-Claude Nadon for the winner.


Guimaraes's Toninho was the man in the referee's bad books at Parma, where the 1995 UEFA Cup champions gave themselves a one-goal cushion to take to Portugal.


Toninho was dismissed in the final minute for dragging down Dino Baggio just as the Italian was on the verge of breaking free into the penalty area.


The night's results will have done much to satisfy Italy's demanding soccer fans, who saw their national side fail to make the later stages of both the European championship and the Olympics in the last few months.


Clubs from arguably the strongest league in the world won the UEFA Cup six times in the eight years up to last season, when not a single Italian side reached the semifinals.


In contrast, British sides suffered another disappointing night of European action.


Arsenal, Cup Winners' Cup finalists twice in the last three years, face failure at the first hurdle after losing 3-2 at home to Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach.


Arsenal struggled after Dennis Bergkamp was forced off injured in the 18th minute.


Ian Wright's last-minute goal gave the English side a slim hope, but they have a mountain to climb in the second leg in two weeks' time, with three crucial away goals against them.


The Arsenal defence crumbled alarmingly against brilliant counter-attacking by the Germans, UEFA Cup winners in 1979.


Strikes by Poland's Andrzej Juskowiak (36th minute) and impressive skipper Stefan Effenberg (46th) put Moenchengladbach in the driver's seat.


Paul Merson's 54th minute goal promised a typical Arsenal revival, but Stefan Passlack's header restored the two goal difference.


Arsenal's never-say-die spirit prevailed sufficiently for Wright to make another reply in the last minute and for John Hartson and Merson to have goalworthy attempts superbly saved by keeper Uwe Kamps in stoppage time.


Former European champions Aston Villa were held 1-1 at home by Swedish part-timers Helsingborg, while in Scotland, German side Hamburg beat Glasgow Celtic 2-0.


The only English successes were Newcastle, who cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over Sweden's Halmstad.


(For other results, see Scorecard)