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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lokomotiv Secures Victory in Denmark




COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Lokomotiv Moscow sealed its 2-1 win over Danish side Lyngby before the interval in one of more than three dozen first-round, first-leg UEFA Cup matches on Thursday.


Lokomotiv's Igor Tchugainov secured the first goal in the 13th minute by grabbing a rebound off Danish goalkeeper Per Fahlstroem and hammering it home. Dmitry Bulykin then netted his sixth goal in Europe in the 38th minute with a successful rush past the defenders and a nice lob over Fahlstroem.


The Moscow side seemed to slip a little in the second half when Lyngby scored off a header by Stefan Bidstrup, but walked away confident of getting through to the next round.


Also Thursday, Zenit St. Petersburg's return to European competition for the first time in 10 years was a let down with the home side crashing 3-0 at the hands of Italy's Bologna.


Nicola Ventola opened the scoring for Bologna in the 39th minute, and Giuseppe Signori hammered home two more goals - in the 68th and a penalty in the 90th.


Elsewhere, holder Parma struggled in its opening UEFA Cup match while former European champion Juventus swept lowly Omonia Nicosia aside in convincing fashion.


Parma, reluctantly back in the second-tier competition after being eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers by Scotland's Rangers, beat Ukraine's Kryvbas Kryvih Rih 3-2 in Italy in its first round first leg.


Juventus, Europe's top side in 1996 but forced to qualify through the Intertoto Cup this season under former Parma coach Carlo Ancelotti, thrashed Omonia Nicosia 5-2 in Cyprus with four goals coming in the opening 24 minutes.


Former England manager Bobby Robson also returned to European competition with his new club Newcastle United and watched it beat CSKA Sofia 2-0 thanks to goals from Peruvian Nolberto Solano and Georgian Temuri Ketsbaia. It was Newcastle's first win in 15 matches.


Tottenham Hotspur ended its seven year absence from European competition with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Zimbru Chisinau of Moldova in the first leg of their UEFA Cup first round tie.


Spurs, winner of the first UEFA Cup in 1972 and again in 1984, never hit the heights of their glory years, but looked a class above the visitors, who were eliminated from the Champions League by PSV Eindhoven.