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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lokomotiv Finds 7th Heaven in Europe




LONDON -- Three teams managed seven goals in the UEFA Cup qualifying round Thursday - a veritable who's who of European soccer's lightweights.


In first-leg games, Lokomotiv Moscow, Lyngby of Denmark and Norway's Viking Stavanger were the trio celebrating seven-up, with Anderlecht just off the pace with six as the expanded 121-team competition lumbered into action.


Although the night's 72 combatants included three former European champions, it was generally an occasion for the part-timers to savor a brief taste of the big time.


Lokomotiv, European Cup Winners' Cup semifinalists in the last two seasons, won 7-1 at Belarus side BATE Borisov.


Georgian striker Zaza Dzhanashia led the way with a hat-trick, scoring in the sixth, 33rd and 60th minutes.


The Belarus premier division leaders, who had lost only once in 18 league matches, were 3-0 down at halftime and simply gave up after the break.


It was a bad night for Belarus as their other representatives, Belshina Bobruisk, lost 5-1 at home to Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus.


Stavanger won 7-0 at home against Principat of Andorra and Lyngby recorded the same result against Malta's Birkirkara.


Anderlecht, UEFA Cup winners in 1983, swept past Iceland's Leiftur 6-1 while Dynamo Bucharest won 6-2 at Luxembourg's Mondercange.


Celtic had the best result of the three former European Cup winners, thrashing Welsh outfit Cwmbran Town 6-0 away, helped by two goals from Henrik Larsson.


Red Star Belgrade, European champion in 1991, must have wondered how it ever reached such giddy heights as it travelled to Neftchi Baku of Azerbaijan and collected a 3-2 victory.


Steaua Bucharest, like Red Star, European Cup winner on a penalty shootout, had a comfortable 3-0 home win over Estonia's Levadia Maardu with two goals from Sabin Ilie and one from Cristian Ciocoiu.


Joachim Standfest was another hat-trick man as Graz AK of Austria overpowered KI Klaksvik of the Faroe Islands 5-0 in Toftir.


Torpedo Kutaisi of Georgia, Legia Warsaw and Croatia's Hajduk Split also claimed 5-0 victories to ensure their progress to the first round proper.


Northern Ireland's Linfield were happy to lose only 1-0 at Lokomotiv Tbilisi after suffering an attack of food poisoning.


"We lost a half of our team," said Linfield assistant coach W.J. McCoubrey.