Perugia edge out Nantes
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marco Di Loreto (pictured) was the hero for the Italians at La Stade Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau, netting the all-important goal on the hour mark.
The Serie A outfit will now be confident of progressing when the two sides meet for the second leg.
Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen suffered a shock 4-0 defeat at the hands of little-known Austrian outfit SK Pasching in the first-leg of their InterToto Cup tie.
The German side were comprehensively outplayed by their hosts, and now face a massive task if they are to turn the fixture around in the second leg.
Pasching did most of the damage in a six minute spell just before half-time.
Michael Horvath opened the scoring on 37 minutes, and striker Eduard Glieder struck twice (40 pen, 43) to put the Austrians in total control.
Greek hit-man Angelos Charisteas then spurned the opportunity to drag Bremen back into the game on 73 minutes when he missed a penalty, and to compound the blunder Michael Baur grabbed a fourth for Pasching with just three minutes remaining.
Fellow German side Wolfsburg enjoyed a far more comfortable night, cruising to a 4-1 win over Cibalia Vinkovci.
Jurgen Roeber's men outclassed their Croatian opponents and all but secured their place in the next round with a comprehensive away victory.
Striker Diego Klimowicz enjoyed a productive night grabbing a brace (14, 53) while Martin Petrov (53) and Pablo Thiam (55) also found the net.
The hosts` reply came from Mario Lucic on 27 minutes, but the tie now looks well beyond the minnows.
Meanwhile Schalke were forced to come from behind to secure a narrow 2-1 home victory over Slovan Liberec, who knocked out Mallorca in the last round.
The Czech outfit moved ahead with just 11 minutes remaining when Jiri Kolosek found the target after Hamit Altintop had missed an early penalty for the Germans.
However, Filip Trojan restored the equilibrium just a minute later, and German international Gerald Asamoah snatched a winner five minutes from time.
Primera side Villarreal earned a 1-1 away draw at Czech side Brno with recent signing Jose Mari getting on the scoresheet in his first competitive game for the club.
The on loan striker notched on the stroke of half-time, but the hosts hit back through Libor Dosek seven minutes after the interval to level matters.
Heerenveen secured a two-goal advantage to take into their second leg tie with NK Koper of Slovenia, as goals from former Sheffield Wednesday hit-man Gerald Sibon and Richard Knopper gave them a 2-0 victory.