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Fan stabbed as Millwall crash out


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Denes Rosa celebrates his 26th minute opener for Ferencvaros

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- A man was stabbed and seriously injured in clashes between Ferencvaros and Millwall fans before the UEFA Cup first round second leg game in Budapest, which the Hungarians won 3-1 to go through on a 4-1 aggregate

An English-speaking man, presumed to be a Millwall fan, was taken to a hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries, said Pal Gyorfi, a spokesman for the National Rescue Service.

Three other fans were treated for lesser injuries.

Earlier Thursday, police officers arriving in 12 police cars dispersed another fight, which involved some 80-100 fans of the Hungarian champion and the English first-division team, police spokesman Endre Kormos said.

No one was detained and no injuries were reported in the incident, which took place near Vorosmarty Square in downtown Budapest.

Kormos also said two Millwall fans remained in policy custody after being detained late Wednesday for disorderly conduct.

Denes Rosa gave Ferencvaros a 26th minute lead and Sorin Botis struck the second five minutes later.

Robert Vagner put the home side 3-0 up in the 40th minute before Dennis Wise pulled one back just before the break.

Shearer hat-trick

Alan Shearer grabbed a hat-trick and Patrick Kluivert scored twice as Newcastle brushed past Arab-Israeli rookies Bnei Sakhnin 5-1 to book their place in the group stages.

The 7-1 aggregate win also kept up Graeme Souness's unbeaten run since he took over from the sacked Bobby Robson as coach at the English Premiership club.

"You never get fed up scoring goals," said Shearer. "We knew we had a job to do here. It was tough, but we deserved to go through.

"They weren't frightened to put a tackle in and we had to be committed and get stuck in."

Over 50 busloads of fans had made the trip south from Bnei Sakhnin's base in Nazareth to the national stadium at Ramat Gan to watch the match but they were silenced after just nine minutes when Kluivert opened the scoring.

The Dutchman, who scored both goals in the first leg, played a neat one-two with Jermaine Jenas who set up the striker with a sweet backheel which fell for Kluivert to bury the ball past Energy Murambadoro in goal.

But the Israeli cup winners were back on level terms just four minutes later.

A poor clearing header by Andy O'Brien only got as far as Ahmed Kassum whose cross was cleverly stepped over by Olumida Agoye which allowed Alain Masudi to score from close range past Shay Given.

The match became increasingly untidy with most action on the terraces where police moved into to keep the peace between bickering fans.

However, Newcastle, who won the old Fairs Cup in 1969, kept their cool amongst some rough tackling by the Israeli side and Shearer made it 2-1 in the 38th minute when he slotted in a low cross from Lee Bowyer.

The tie was effectively killed off four minutes later when Kluivert added his second of the night as he was left in plenty of space from Laurent Robert's through ball to beat Murambadoro.

Shearer made it 4-1 seven minutes after the break when he coolly scored from the penalty spot after Jenas had been chopped down.

Murambadoro was then sent off in the dying minutes for handling outside the area. From the free-kick, Bowyer picked up on a half-save but his goal was ruled out for offside.

In the last minute, however, Shearer made it 5-1 with a sweet left-foot drive from outside the area.

Paolo Di Canio set up two goals for midfielder Fabio Liverani as Lazio beat Metalurh Donetsk 3-0 for a 6-0 overall success.

Twice-winners Parma did just enough to reach the group stage, a goalless draw away to Slovenia's Maribor sending the Serie A strugglers through 3-2 on aggregate.


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