LONDON -- Chelsea flopped in the UEFA Cup
for the third successive season on Thursday while Italian side
Parma survived a big scare on a frantic night of first-round
Four other English sides -- Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers,
Fulham and Ipswich Town -- scraped into the second round,
together with Lazio, Porto and Paris St. Germain.
Scottish club Rangers were also eliminated but Chelsea's 5-4
aggregate defeat by Norway's Viking Stavanger was the biggest
shock among the 45 second-leg matches.
Erik Nevland, who played briefly at Manchester United
earlier in his career, was Viking's hero. He scored twice,
including the decisive goal three minutes from time that
condemned Chelsea to a 4-2 defeat on the night.
The Londoners, beaten by Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv in the
UEFA Cup last season and by Swiss side St. Gallen the season
before, were left to rue the last-minute goal they conceded in
the first leg at Stamford Bridge, which they won 2-1.
Parma, the 1999 UEFA Cup winners, was also facing an
embarrassing exit until Romanian Adrian Mutu popped up with a
last-minute goal, his second, to give the club a 3-2 home win over
CSKA Moscow and a 4-3 aggregate success.
Scottish champions Celtic had no such problems, a 2-0 win at
FK Suduva in Lithuania completing its 10-1 aggregate success.
Lazio drew 0-0 at Greek side Xanthi to go through 4-0
overall but a third Italian side, European debutants Chievo,
went out after losing 2-0 at home to Red Star Belgrade following
a goalless first leg.
Leeds United needed a 77th-minute goal by Nick Barmby to
ensure it club went through after a bad-tempered match in Ukraine
against Metalurg Zaporizhzhya. Leeds' 1-1 draw gave the club a 2-1
Blackburn was held 3-3 in Bulgaria by CSKA Sofia despite
leading 3-0 at one stage. The draw was just enough, seeing the club
through on away goals following a 1-1 first leg draw.
A disputed Steed Malbranque penalty gave Fulham a 2-2 draw
at home to Hajduk Split and a 3-2 on aggregate win while Ipswich
Town won 1-0 at Sartid Smederevo in Yugoslavia to squeak through
Celta Vigo, joint top of the Spanish first division, lost
1-0 at OB Odense in Denmark but edged through 2-1 on aggregate.
Alaves, 2001 UEFA Cup finalists, also advanced.
Germany's Werder Bremen walloped Metalurg Donetsk of the
Ukraine 8-0 to complete a 10-2 aggregate victory and Schalke 04,
the 1997 UEFA Cup winners, cruised through 8-1 on aggregate
against Gomel of Belarus after a 4-0 victory in Germany.
Portuguese side Porto lost on the night, 2-0 at Polonia
Warsaw, but progressed comfortably thanks to its 6-0 first leg
Three other sides more used to competing in the Champions
League in recent seasons -- Paris St. Germain, Panathinaikos,
Fenerbahce and Sparta Prague -- also advanced to the second
round, the draw for which takes place on Friday.