LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Inter Milan's bid to rejoin the elite of European football began disappointingly on Wednesday when they were beaten 1-0 by Sweden's Helsingborg in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.
City rivals AC Milan needed a last minute goal to secure a
3-1 home win over Dinamo Zagreb while 1860 Munich also left it
until injury time to score their goal in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds
Last season's runners-up Valencia drew 0-0 at Tirol
Innsbruck while UEFA Cup holders Galatasaray look well-placed to
reach the group stage after a 2-1 success at Swiss outsiders St
Inter, anxious to return to the Champions League after
missing out last season, had the best of the game against
Helsingborg with new signing Robbie Keane making an impressive
competitive debut. The Irish international was through on goal
just before half-time only for goalkeeper Bengt Andersson to make
a superb save.
With Frenchman Laurent Blanc also producing an assured
performance, Inter looked set for at least a draw.
But Helsingborg midfielder Michael Hansson changed things
round eight minutes from time when he crashed home a sweet
A double strike from Andriy Shevchenko helped AC Milan to a
hard-fought 3-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Milan, crushed 5-1 at home by Real Madrid in a friendly last
month and thwarted in the close season transfer market, conceded
a goal to the Croatian champions after 20 minutes when Renato
Pilipovic headed in a corner.
Shevchenko, top scorer in Serie A last season, headed the
equaliser within two minutes and steered in Milan's second after
Dinamo continued to threaten but were caught out in the
final minute when new signing Gianni Comandini fired in a low
Three players were sent off as Leeds conceded a disastrous
late goal at Elland Road.
Leeds pair Olivier Dacourt and Eirik Bakke went off for
second yellow card offences in the second half while 1860 Munich
had Ned Zelic dismissed in the 41st minute for a foul on Ian
That came a minute after Alan Smith had headed Leeds ahead
and when Ian Harte scored a penalty 19 minutes from time the
English team looked set for a solid home win.
But the visitors grabbed a vital goal in the third minute of
injury time when Paul Agostino converted a perfect cross from
Last season's runners-up Valencia began the new campaign
with a low key goalless draw at Austrian champions Tirol
Valencia, beaten by Real Madrid in the final in May, were
well below their best although Gaizka Mendieta did smash one
shot against the bar.
Galatasaray recovered from conceding an early goal to beat
Swiss outsiders St Gallen 2-1 with two goals by Jardel.
The Brazilian striker, who Galatasaray hope will fill the
hole left by the departed Hakan Sukur, headed the equaliser for
the visitors in the 39th minute and touched in the winner 12
minutes from time.
Red Star Belgrade, European champions 10 seasons ago,
survived a late surge by Dynamo Kiev to earn a 0-0 away draw.
Polish champions Polonia Warsaw fought back from a two-goal
deficit to draw 2-2 at home with Panathinaikos.
Krzysztof Warzycha and Panagiofis Fissas had the Athens side
2-0 up after 38 minutes but Tomasz Kielbowicz pulled one back
before halftime and Dariusz Kaliszan equalised in the 68th
Panathinaikos had a golden opportunity to win in the 88th
minute when a cross went through goalkeeper Maciej Szczesny's
hands, hitting the bar, only to be followed by a near-own goal
by Polonia's Tomas Zvirgzdauskas, whose mis-hit clearance struck
Scottish champions Rangers cruised to a 3-0 win at Danish
outsiders Herfolge and look set for the group stage.