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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lokomotiv Falls From UEFA Cup

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MADRID, Spain — Rayo Vallecano scored twice in three minutes Thursday to beat Lokomotiv Moscow in a third-round, second leg match in the UEFA cup and advance on a 2-0 aggregate, The Associated Press reported.

Both sides came out sluggish in a game that saw the lights go out for 10 minutes in Teresa Rivero Stadium.

Rayo came to life in the second half, with Bosnia’s Elvir Bolic firing off a powerful shot to score in the 65th minute. Angel Alcazar made it 2-0 three minutes later.

In the end, the game proved Rayo Coach Juan de Ramos a little right and a little wrong when he said Wednesday, "I’m sure that Lokomotiv will make us suffer."

In Liverpool, England, Gerard Houllier believes Liverpool is rebuilding its reputation as a European force after reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Cup with a 2-0 win over Olympiakos at Anfield.

England strikers Emile Heskey and Nick Barmby scored in each half as the Reds ran out 4-2 aggregate winners against their Greek rivals, who joined the competition after being knocked out of the Champions League.

Houllier said: "I feel proud because this club has built its reputation on European nights and the players achieved a great performance … I didn’t think it was easy.

Olympiakos had beaten Juventus in Turin during their Champions League campaign and their confidence was high following three wins and 14 goals. They were on the back foot throughout, though. Steve Gerrard nearly caught Dimitri Eleftheropoulos off his line in the fifth minute with a dipping volley.

The Greeks had yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in Europe and Heskey put the Reds ahead when he was first to reach Barmby’s prod behind the visitors’ backline in the 28th minute and slide his effort through Dimitri Eleftheropoulos’s legs.

Barmby struck again in the 63rd minute after good link play with Danny Murphy allowed him to round the keeper and shoot home off both posts to record his fourth European goals this season.

Olympiakos were denied a 78th-minute penalty when goalkeeper Sander Westerveld clearly caught Predrag Djordjevic in the box with his leg.

In Germany, Kaiserslautern’s Miroslav Klose canceled out Rangers’ first leg lead with a goal in the eighth minute before second half strikes by Andreas Buck and Vratislav Lokvenc completed a 3-0 win for the German club.

Elsewhere in the UEFA Cup, Uruguayan forward Alvaro Recoba fired Inter Milan into a fifth minute lead in Milan, Italy, only for Rene Tretschok to level in the 54th and give the Germans a glimpse of the next round on the away goals rule. But Hakan Sukur shut the door in the 89th.