German sides rise to occasion

Round-up 2: VfB Stuttgart and TSV Alemannia Aachen were both big winners on an excellent night for Germany.

Cacau scored twice to lead VfB Stuttgart to a 3-1 win away to Újpesti TE in Hungary on an excellent night for German sides in the UEFA Cup.

German joy
FC Schalke 04 and TSV Alemannia Aachen, on their European debut, were also first-round, first-leg winners, and VfL Bochum too will have one eye on the second round after drawing 0-0 with R. Standard de Liège in Belgium.

Cacau double
Brazilian striker Cacau opened the scoring for Stuttgart in Budapest on 26 minutes and in-form Germany striker Kevin Kuranyi doubled the lead four minutes later. Sabor Nagy pulled one back for the Hungarian side, but Cacau restored the two-goal cushion in the final minute.

Aachen success
The Tivoli miracle continues after 2. Bundesliga side Aachen thrashed FH Hafnarfjördur 5-1 in Iceland. Kai Michalke scored the German side's first and second goals in Europe on 12 and 14 minutes to spearhead the rout.

Châteauroux disappointment
Another of the night's European debutants, French Cup finalists LB Châteauroux, did not fare so well. The Ligue 2 side were trounced 4-0 by Belgian league leaders Club Brugge KV, and were forced to play the second-half with only ten men following Armindo Ferreira's 43rd-minute dismissal. FC Sochaux-Montbéliard got a measure of revenge for France by beating Norwegian strugglers Stabæk IF by the same scoreline.

Parma scare
Parma FC were given a scare by NK Maribor who will return to Slovenia with confidence high after scoring two away goals in a 3-2 defeat at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Massimo Maccarone scored twice for the Serie A side, but Miha Golob's 89th-minute strike for Maribor will ensure Parma approach the second leg with caution.

Besiktas edge
Besiktas JK hold the edge over FK Bodø/Glimt after Ahmed Hassan's away goal four minutes from time cancelled out Runar Berg's early strike for the Norwegian side in a 1-1 draw.

Spanish fiesta
Spanish sides Sevilla FC and Real Zaragoza will both feel confident about progressing after their winning home legs without conceding a goal. Sevilla triumphed in the Iberian derby, beating Portuguese side CD Nacional 2-0, while Zaragoza saw off the Czech Republic's SK Sigma Olomouc, David Generelo Miranda getting the only goal of the game six minutes from time.

Dutch impress
AZ Alkmaar rounded off a great evening for the Netherlands with a 3-2 win in Greece against PAOK FC. Goals from Barry van Galen, Danny Landzaat and Martijn Meerdink made it three wins out of three for the Dutch sides in action following victories for Feyenoord and FC Utrecht earlier in the evening.

Manduca downs Rangers
Rangers FC's European troubles continue, the Scottish side following up their UEFA Champions League third-qualifying round defeat to PFC CSKA Moskva with a 1-0 loss to Portuguese side CS Marítimo. Italian striker Gustavo Manduca got the only goal of the game on 30 minutes. SL Benfica brought further success for Portugal with a 3-0 thrashing of FK Dukla Banská Bystrica in Slovakia, Simão Sabrosa scoring twice for the Portuguese Cup winners.

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