LONDON (Reuters) – Europa League holders Atletico Madrid and Serie A title challengers Napoli were upset at home but Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg opened up commanding first-leg advantages in other last 32 ties on Thursday.
Rubin Kazan’s Gokdeniz Karadeniz scored after six minutes and Pablo Orbaiz struck deep into added time to give the Russians, who played the entire second half with 10 men, a shock 2-0 win at Atletico.
Goals from Vladimir Darida, Frantisek Rajtoral and Stanislav Tecl upset Napoli while Anzhi beat Hanover 3-1 and Zenit won 2-0 at home against five-times European Cup winners Liverpool.
Brazilian Oscar spared European champions Chelsea’s blushes late on against Czechs Sparta Prague to give the Londoners a 1-0 lead to take back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg next Thursday.
Inter Milan, three times European champions, beat Champions League dropouts CFR Cluj 2-0 though the win was soured when injury-prone forward Diego Milito lasted just six minutes and cried as he left the pitch with a knee problem.
There were impressive wins for Spanish club Levante, who beat runaway Greek league leaders Olympiakos Piraeus 3-0 at home and Ajax Amsterdam, 2-0 victors against former European champions Steaua Bucharest in the Netherlands.
(Editing by Mark Meadows)
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