InterToto Cup second round
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Athletic Bilbao lost 1-0 to CFR Cluj of Romania in the InterToto Cup second round.Athletic Bilbao succumbed to a 1-0 away defeat against Romanian club CFR Cluj in the InterToto Cup second round.
Cosmin Tilinca's strike nine minutes before the break gave Dorinel Munteanu a superb start to his player-manager career at Cluj, with the veteran Romania international having recently taken over at the club.
The result will come as a shock to Spanish Primera Liga outfit, but they are sure to fancy themselves in next Saturday's second leg at San Mames.
Wolfsburg were held to a 2-2 draw by Austrian club Sturm Graz in their first leg tie.
Following a goalless first half at the VfL-Stadion, the German Bundesliga club took the lead through Slovakian midfielder Miroslav Karhan.
Sturm levelled minutes later through Bojan Filipovic, but Wolfsburg restored their lead when Argentine star Andres D'Alessandro made it 2-1.
Things looked to have turned for the worse for the Austrians when Spanish referee Alfonso Perez Burrull sent off Sturm's Polish defender Adam Ledwon.
However, the Graz club claimed a second valuable away goal for the second leg at home when Cameronian striker Amadou Rabihou made it 2-2 in the dying stages.
Another Bundesliga outfit looking to progress are Hamburg (pictured) and they did their chances little harm as they beat Pobeda 4-1.
Pobeda started brightly and actually took the lead when Aleksander Popovski broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.
However, the second period proved an altogether different affair as goals from Guy Demel, Alexander Laas, Charles Takyi and Piotr Trochowski put Hamburg in complete control.
Deportivo La Coruna showed their class as they beat Buducnost 3-0 at Estadio Riazor thanks to goals from Xisco (5), Sergio (72) and Hector Belenguer (90).
Liberec had far too much fire power for Beitar Jerusalem as they won 5-1 thanks to goals from Filip Holosko, Tomas Zapotocny, Libor Dosek and a double from Miroslav Slepicka.
Beitar's consolation came from Amist Ben Shushan. Another Czech side to claim a first leg advantage are Sigma Olomouc, who secured a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal from Peter Babnic.
Dubnica had too much on their travels to Ankaraspor as they claimed a 4-0 win thanks to first half goals by Igor Drzik, Pavol Kopacka, Marian Adam and a second half strike from Matej Izvolt.
Belgian club Gent claimed a 1-0 home success against Zlin thanks to a goal from Sandy Martins.
Young Boys Bern produced a superb display on their travels to Lokeren as they secured an impressive 4-1 first leg lead.
Goals from Gretar Steinsson, Neri, Varela and Thomas Haberli doing the damage, whilst Lokeren's consolation came from Xavier Deschacht.
St Etienne's return to European competition ended in a stalemate as they needed a second half leveller to earn a 1-1 draw with Neuchatal Xamax - who took the lead through Leandro.
The French outfit rallied in the second period and gave themselves a chance for the return leg thanks to Julien Sable's goal.
Game of the day for goals saw Varteks of Croatia beat Inter Turku 4-3 - with goals coming from Leon Benko (2), Nedim Nalilovic and Nikola Sataric.
Turku responded with three away goals of their own courtesy of a double from Serge N'Gal and a Miikka Ilo effort.
Croatian outfit Slaven Belupo hold the upper hand in their tie with Gloria Bistrita as they claimed a 3-2 success on home soil.