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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Strasbourg Stuns Inter 2-0 in First Leg

LONDON -- Strasbourg is on course to claim a third big-name scalp in the UEFA Cup after beating favorite Inter Milan 2-0 in the first leg of the third round.


Ajax recovered from 2-0 down at home to beat VfL Bochum 4-2 on Tuesday, scoring four goals in an extraordinary 11 minutes. All six goals came in a "blink and you'll miss one" 25 minutes before halftime.


Cup holder Schalke 04 drew 0-0 with Portugal's Braga, the first time in five European matches this season the German side has failed to score or win.


Inter never recovered from conceding two goals in the first 19 minutes -- the first scored by Strasbourg captain Gerald Baticle with a tap-in, the second a ferocious drive from 25 meters by defender Valerian Ismael.


The Italian league leader is by no means out of it, however. It lost 2-1 in the second round home leg against another French side, Olympique Lyon, before going through 4-3 on aggregate.


Strasbourg beat Liverpool 3-0 at home in the previous round but lost 2-0 away.


Another Italian side, Lazio, had better luck in Vienna, beating Rapid 2-0 in a no-nonsense encounter.


Both teams had a player sent off in the second half as Pierluigi Casiraghi and Roberto Mancini scored the Lazio goals.


Bochum, bottom of the German first division, appeared set for a stunning upset in Amsterdam when Thomas Reis and Sergei Juran scored in the 20th and 24th minutes.


But the Dutch league leader replied with three goals in four minutes. Michael Laudrup scored the first two in the 34th and 36th minutes before Shota Arveladze gave Ajax the lead. Frank de Boer ended a frantic first half with Ajax's fourth on the stroke of halftime.


Atletico Madrid was well satisfied with its 1-1 draw at Croatia Zagreb after Bosnian international Edin Mujcin scored within two minutes for the home side.


Midfielder Jose Luis Caminero equalized in the 61st minute and Atletico, second favorite to win the cup, is confident of qualifying for the quarterfinals.


Cristian Ciocoiu inspired Steaua Bucharest to a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa as two European Cup winners from the 1980s clashed on a heavy pitch in the Romanian capital.


Ciocoiu volleyed a cross over the Villa defense against the post and the ball ricocheted back off goalkeeper Michael Oakes into the net in the 30th minute. Two minutes later, the Romanian striker met another cross from the right with an overhead kick on the penalty spot for a superb goal.


Villa striker Dwight Yorke pulled one back -- Villa's first away goal in six European games -- when he rose unchallenged to head home a Savo Milosevic cross in the 54th minute.


Auxerre laid the foundations of a place in the last eight by winning 1-0 at Dutch side Twente Enschede. Bernard Diomede scored the goal for the French team in the 70th minute.