Uefa Cup round-up L-U
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Strasbourg were winners at Litex Lovech, while Sevilla beat Lokomotiv.Real Betis cast aside their domestic troubles to put AZ Alkmaar to the sword in the Uefa Cup.
The Seville club are flirting with relegation in La Liga, but goals from Martins Tardelli and Robert handed them a first-leg advantage.
Strasbourg are within hailing distance of the last 16 of the Uefa Cup after claiming a 2-0 win at Litex Lovech.
The French side are struggling in Ligue 1, but they put their poor league form to one side to claim a 2-0 win in Bulgaria.
Litex were on the back foot just 60 seconds in, as Ulrich Le Pen latched onto a fine pass from Kevin Gameiro to put his side ahead.
The Bulgarians failed to find a response and they were punished eight minutes from time as Amara Diane pounced on some sloppy defending to give his side a cushion.
Udinese found the Uefa Cup much more to their liking, having tumbled out of the UEFA Champions League, as they crushed Lens 3-0.
Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring on 35 minutes and a brace from Paulo Baretto (61 & 82) handed them a major cushion to take to France for the second leg.
Sevilla shrugged off the freezing temperatures in Russia to claim a 1-0 win at Lokomotiv Moscow.
In a game of few chances, the Spanish claimed a first-leg advantage thanks Jordi Lopez's effort on 74 minutes. The former Real Madrid man met a corner and bundled home an effort at the far post.
Two late goals revived Shakhtar Donetsk's hopes of edging out Lille.
The French outfit were 3-0 up with five minutes to play, but the Ukraine side netted twice to put the tie back in the melting pot.
Nicolas Fauvergue fired Lille ahead from close range on 19 minutes and Geoffrey Dernis doubled their lead with a neat lob on the hour.
Peter Odemwingie added a third on 77 minutes, but late efforts from Brandao and Ciprian Marica stunned the Metropole Stadium crowd.
Schalke came from a goal down to a claim a 2-1 home win over Espanyol.
Luis Garcia gave the Spanish side the lead on 34 minutes when slotting home from a tight angle.
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Schalke rallied and drew level just past the hour through a header from Marcelo Bordon.
The German side piled forward in search of a winner and were rewarded two minutes from time when Fabian Ernst slammed home from 20 yards.
Russian side Zenit St Petersburg have one foot in the last 16 after claiming a 2-0 win at Rosenborg. The Norwegian side were undone by first half goals from Andrei Arshavin and Alexander Kerzhakov.