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Czech club Liberec nearly pulls big upset at Lyon

LONDON -- Inter Milan was the only team to manage a UEFA Cup victory as the Italians eased past AEK Athens 3-1 at the San
Siro.

The night's five other fourth round, first leg games were all draws -- though Olympique Lyon left it until the 89th minute to get its equalizer in
a 1-1 home stalemate with Czech giant-killers Slovan Liberec.

Inter, three times winners of the competition in the 1990s, had to come from a goal down after Thoedoris Zagorakis scored after eight
minutes with a delightful looping shot.

Inter drew level six minutes later through its Argentine captain Javier Zanetti and Sierra Leone striker Mohammed Kallon put the club ahead
eight minutes before the interval with a low drive.

Substitute Nicola Ventola made it three with a neat finish after Clarence Seedorf had split the Greek defense with a perfect through ball 11
minutes into the second half.

The atmosphere was muted, though, after a celebrating Inter fan fell 15 meters from the second tier of the north end of the stadium and
suffered a serious head injury.

Little-known Czech club Liberec, who has already knocked out Spanish duo Celta Vigo and Real Mallorca, was on course for a
well-deserved away win after dominating in Lyon.

Czech international Jiri Stajner put the club ahead with a 15th-minute penalty and it created several more good chances.

Lyon hit the woodwork three times in succession in a remarkable incident on the hour mark before Govou struck.

"It was very hard. We played almost against a wall," Govou said.

Lille made it two 1-1 draws for France as it also came from behind at home to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Lille's Mile Sterjovski hit the post in the 62nd minute but Dortmund went ahead five minutes later through Henrique Ewerthon who buried the
rebound.

Moroccan international striker Salaheddine Bassir equalized in the 74th minute.

Leeds United, who has picked up only two points from its last five premier league games, produced its best European performance of
the season to earn a goalless draw at PSV Eindhoven, but might yet regret not converting its dominance into an away goal.

The Dutch side's only real chances came in a furious opening five minutes when England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn made great saves to
deny Mark van Bommel and Andre Ooijer.

Leeds went closest when Mark Viduka and Alan Smith both had efforts cleared off the line.

"I'm pleased. For the first time in a long time I was able to put out the team I wanted to put out," Leeds manager David O'Leary said.

The winners of the tie will play either Rangers or Feyenoord, who drew 1-1 in Glasgow.

Captain Barry Ferguson struck an 80th minute penalty to rescue the Scottish club, involved in post-Christmas European action for the first
time in nine years.

Japanese international midfielder Shinji Ono had put Feyenoord ahead 10 minutes earlier with a deflected shot.

The evening was marred by an ugly confrontation in the stands before the game, as a group of Feyenoord fans surged into the Rangers'
section and attacked home supporters.

Hapoel Tel Aviv's unlikely run stuttered when it drew 0-0 at home to Italian club Parma in a game that justified UEFA's faith in the local
safety arrangements by avoiding any security problems.

The Israelis, who knocked out Chelsea in the second round, dominated possession and took the game to the Serie A team, but it lacked
a cutting edge.

Two of the competition favorites -- AC Milan and Valencia -- chalked up victories on Tuesday.

Milan won 1-0 at Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade, while Valencia, Champions League runners-up for the past two seasons, strolled to a 3-0
home win over Servette of Switzerland.

All the second leg matches are due to be played next Thursday.