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Football: English take it away; UEFA CUP ROUND-UP.

ENGLAND's two-pronged attack on the UEFA Cup is in good shape after last night's action.

Newcastle beat Heerenveen 2-1 in Holland and there was a 2-2 draw for Middlesbrough against Austrian hosts Grazer AK.

The Toon Army was delighted with the efforts of Newcastle who fought back from the loss of a goal to Klaas-JanHuntelaar after 24 minutes to win with strikes by Alan Shearer and Lee Bowyer in the second half.

Bowyer's joy night was tainted when he was sent off for a second booking four minutes from time.

Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren was annoyed his side twice threw away the lead against the Austrian champs.

Boudewijn Zenden's opener early in the second period was cancelled out by Mario Bazina and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's header had them in front only until Roland Kollmann curled home a debatable free-kick.

McClaren said: 'We should have won it. To score two goals and to be twice ahead, that aspect of our performance was excellent, but I'm disappointed with the way we conceded our two goals.

'We had the advantage and if you are going to win away in Europe then you have to defend a whole lot better than we did.

'But now we go back to the Riverside with an advantage and must finish off the job.'

CSKA Moscow have one foot in the last 16 after a 2-0 win over Benfica in the warmer southern Russian town of Rasnodar.

Vassili Berezoutski put the Russian side in front in the 12th minute and Brazilian striker Vagner Love, who had recently declared he would be leaving because he was fed up with the cold, struck in the second half.

A late strike by Brazilian Alvaro earned Real Zaragoza a 1-0 away win over a Fenerbahce side that included recent signing Nicolas Anelka from Manchester City.

LAST NIGHT UEFA Cup 1st KO rd 1st leg - Alemania Aachen 0, AZ 0; Basel 0, Lille 0; CSKA Moscow 2, Benfica 0; Dynamo Kiev 0, Villarreal 0; Fenerbahce 0, Real Zaragoza 1; Heerenveen 1, Newcastle 2; Grazer AK 2, Middlesbrough 2; Olympiakos 1, Sochaux 0.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 18, 2005
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