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APOEL and Plzeň victorious, Twente held

Published: Thursday 19 July 2012, 22.48CET
Wins for two recent UEFA Champions League participants, an eight-goal draw and an eye-catching score at FC Twente were among the 40 second qualifying round first-leg results.

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Published: Thursday 19 July 2012, 22.48CET

APOEL and Plzeň victorious, Twente held

Wins for two recent UEFA Champions League participants, an eight-goal draw and an eye-catching score at FC Twente were among the 40 second qualifying round first-leg results.

APOEL FC, FC Anzhi Makhachkala and FC Viktoria Plzeň were among the teams to register first-leg successes as the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round started, although FC Twente and Rosenborg BK have work to do going into next week's deciders.

Thursday's 40 results.

UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists last season, APOEL overcame Slovakia's FK Senica 2-0 thanks to first-half strikes from Aílton and Nektarios Alexandrou. Plzeň, who drew 2-2 with AC Milan in the group stage of Europe's premier club competition in 2011/12, won 3-1 at FC Metalurgi Rustavi, captain Pavel Horváth scoring twice.

Twente's position is not so authoritative, however. Despite the Tukkers dominating their home match against FC Inter Turku, the visitors managed a vital away goal from one of only two efforts they had on target. Dušan Tadić hit a 66th-minute equaliser, but Steve McClaren's side could not find another goal and head to Finland next week with their UEFA Europa League future uncertain.

It was a slightly better night for Twente's Eredivisie rivals Vitesse, making a return to the continental stage after a decade away, at PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1936. An added-time equaliser may have denied the Dutch side a win in a match they led on four occasions, but there was no shortage of entertainment as the teams shared eight goals.

FK Crvena zvezda, the 1991 European champions, did not allow such a fate to befall them, seeing out a nervous last 14 minutes to win 4-3 at FC Naftan Novopolotsk. Anzhi, playing in only their second European fixture, clung stubbornly onto Jucilei's 22nd-minute strike to defeat Budapest Honvéd FC 1-0.

FC Metalurh Donetsk and NK Slaven Koprivnica, who beat FK Čelik Nikšić 7-0 and Portadown FC 6-0 respectively, were responsible for the biggest wins of the night. Elsewhere, Rosenborg squandered a two-goal lead in drawing 2-2 with Kazakh debutants FC Ordabasy Shymkent, while Swedish Allsvenskan leaders IF Elfsborg lost 1-0 at FC Dacia Chişinău.

A preview of Friday's third qualifying round draw is available here.

Last updated: 05/12/13 4.11CET

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