Ronaldinho first to strike for PSG

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> World Cup winner Ronaldinho led Paris Saint Germain to a 3-0 cruise against Hungary's Ujpesti with a 12th minute UEFA Cup strike on a night yesterday when the p

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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World Cup winner Ronaldinho led Paris Saint Germain to a 3-0 cruise against Hungary's Ujpesti with a 12th minute UEFA Cup strike on a night yesterday when the powerhouse teams managed to avoid embarrassing losses. Mauricio Pochettino and Martin Cardetti also hit the target before half time as PSG strolled to an easy win. Glasgow Celtic overwhelmed Lithuania's Suduva 8-1 with a hat-trick from Henrik Larsson and Lazio overpowered Xanthi of Greece 4-0 with Argentina star Claudio Lopez among the scorers. Bundesliga clubs Schalke and Stuttgart lifted the gloom hanging over German clubs after the Champions Cup losses of Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Schalke won 4-1 at Gomel of Belarus with Danish striker Ebbe Sand scoring twice and Stuttgart gained the same result at home to Ventspils of Latvia with Kevin Kuranyi netting two. Werder Bremen should have made it another handsome German win but threw away a two-goal lead at Metalurh Donetskof of Ukraine and was held 2-2. New England star Alan Smith continued his scoring form when he scored the only goal 10 minutes from the end as Terry Venables' Leeds edged Metalurh Zaporizhzhya of Ukraine while Jean Tigana's Fulham celebrated its first UEFA Cup game with a 1-0 win at Hajduk Split of Croatia. Steed Malbranque scored the only goal five minutes into the second half. Chelsea edged Norway's Viking 2-1 with goals by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Enrique de Lucas but conceded what could be a vital last minute strike by Ben Wright. A 1-0 win for the Norwegians when the second legs are played in two weeks time and Chelsea goes out on away goals. Division one Ipswich maintained its 30 game home unbeaten record in Europe when it tied 1-1 with Yugoslav club Sartid. Powerhouse clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Lazio had all failed to win at Portman Road. That record looked in danger when Nenad Mirosavljevic scored for the visitor but Alun Armstrong replied to gain a tie for George Burley's team which was relegated from the Premier League last season and gained a place through UEFA's Fair Play awards. Blackburn Rovers, which qualified for the competition by winning the domestic League Cup, fell behind to CSKA Sofia when Velizar Dimitrov drove the ball past American World Cup goalkeeper Brad Friedel in the 23rd minute. Four minutes later, however, Italian striker Corrado Grabbi, who has come under fire from the Rovers fans, made it 1-1. Two more Italian clubs in action, Parma and Chievo of Verona, were held to ties. Parma came away from CSKA Moscow with a 1-1 draw and Chievo, making its European debut, played a goalless tie with Red Star in Belgrade. In Spain second-half goals by Brazilian-born striker Catanha and substitute Benni McCarthy ended Odense's stubborn resistance and earned Celta de Vigo a 2-0 victory. Real Betis overcame Moldovan club Zimbru Chisinau with a 2-0 victory while Alavez returned to the competition for the first time since losing 5-4 to Liverpool in a thrilling final two seasons ago and won 2-1 at Turkey's Ankaragucu. Hampered by an own goal by Hugo Vieira, Portugal's Sporting Lisbon went down 1-3 at home to Partizan Belgrade. (AP)

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