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Argentina Stars Fail to Shine in UEFA Cup


Argentina football stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano have made disappointing European debuts in the UEFA Cup tournament.

Both players were on the losing end Thursday of a first-round, first-leg game as the visiting Sicilian club Palermo beat West Ham of England, 1-0. Andrea Caracciolo scored the only goal in the final minute of the first half a minute after goalkeeper Alberto Fontana had saved a volley from Tevez. West Ham must win in Palermo in two weeks to reach the lucrative group stage of European soccer's second-tier competition.

Highlighting other action, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice to help Ajax Amsterdam of the Netherlands beat IK Start of Norway, 5-2. Sevilla of Spain began its UEFA Cup title defense with a 2-1 victory at Atromitos of Greece.

Schalke of Germany edged the French club Nancy, 1-0. Bayer Leverkusen of Germany was held scoreless (0-0) at Sion of Switzerland. The Czech club Liberec beat Red Star Belgrade of Serbia, 2-0.

In other first-leg results Thursday (home team listed first):

Artmedia Bratislava (Slovakia) 2, Espanyol (Spain) 2
Atvidabergs (Sweden) 0, Grasshoppers (Switzerland) 3
AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) 3, Kayserispor (Turkey) 2
FC Basel (Switzerland) 6, Rabotnicki Kometal (Macedonia) 2
Besiktas (Turkey) 2, CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) 0
Braga (Portugal) 2, Chievo (Italy) 0
Chornomorets (Ukraine) 0, Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel) 1
Derry City (Ireland) 0, Paris Saint-Germain (France) 0
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 1, Auxerre (France) 2
Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) 4, Brondby (Denmark) 0
Ethnikos Achnas (Cyprus) 0, Lens (France) 0
Fenerbahce (Turkey) 2, Randers (Denmark) 1
Hearts (Scotland) 0, Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) 2
Hertha Berlin (Germany) 2, Odense (Denmark) 2
Legia Warsaw (Poland) 1, Austria Magna (Austria) 1
Levadia Tallinn (Estonia) 0, Newcastle (England) 1
Livorno (Italy) 2, FCS Pasching (Austria) 0
Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia) 2, Zulte-Waregem (Belgium) 1
Lokomotiv Sofia (Bulgaria) 2, Feyenoord (Netherlands) 2
Maccabi Haifa (Israel) 1, Litex Lovetch (Ukraine) 1
Marseille (France) 1, Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic) 0
Molde (Norway) 0, Rangers (Scotland) 0
Panathinaikos (Greece) 1, Metallurh Zaporizhzhya (Ukraine) 1
Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 4, FC Groningen (Netherlands) 2
Rapid Bucharest (Romania) 1, Nacional (Portugal) 0
Rubin Kazan (Russia) 0, Parma (Italy) 1
SCP Ruzomberok (Slovakia) 0, Club Brugge (Belgium) 1
Salzburg (Austria) 2, Blackburn (England) 2
Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) 0, Tottenham (England) 1
Standard Liege (Belgium) 0, Celta Vigo (Spain) 1
Trabzonspor (Turkey) 2, Osasuna (Spain) 2
Vitoria Setubal (Portugal) 0, Heerenveen (Netherlands) 3
Wisla Krakow (Poland) 0, Iraklis (Greece) 1
Xanthi (Greece) 3, Dinamo Bucharest (Romania) 4

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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