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CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow recorded narrow
CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow recorded narrow away wins in the first round of the UEFA Cup on Thursday evening while FC Moskva were beaten by an injury time goal.

Spartak Moscow, playing their first game with Danish soccer legend Michael Laudrup as manager, won 1-0 away to the Czech side FC Banik Ostrava, a 55th minute own goal by Rene Bolf giving the Muscovites a welcome victory following recent troubles in the domestic league.

"We managed to take the initiative in the second half and create a lot of chances," said Laudrup after the match, adding that Spartak would play for the win in the return game.

Ex-Spartak Moscow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko was cup-tied for his new side Tottenham's 2-1 win over Poles Wisla Krakow. Spartak and Tottenham could meet in the next stage of the tournament if both teams qualify for the group stages.

CSKA came back from a goal behind against Croatian minnows NK Slaven Koprivnica to earn a 2-1 win courtesy of two late Vagner Love goals. Love's compatriot and ex-CSKA player, Jo, also scored twice to give his new club Manchester City a 2-1 victory against the Cypriots AC Omonia.

FC Moskva, playing in the Russian capital, went behind to a first half penalty in their match against the Danes FC Kobenhavn. A last minute equalizer by Aleksandr Samedov looked to have saved the match for Oleg Blokhin's men, but the Danes struck back in injury time, a header from substitute Libor Sionko earning the visitors a surprise win.

The second legs are in two weeks time.


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