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Inzaghi earns AC Milan UEFA draw at Bremen

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  • Filippo Inzaghi on target as AC Milan earned a UEFA Cup draw at Bremen
  • Aston Villa held 1-1 at home by CSKA Moscow with John Carew equalising
  • Holders Zenit St Petersburg won their last-32 first leg 2-1 against Stuttgart
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(CNN) -- David Beckham made his European debut for AC Milan as a late substutute on Wednesday when the Italian club returned from Bundesliga hopes Werder Bremen with a valuable UEFA Cup 1-1 first leg draw.

Inzaghi stoops to score as Italian giants returned from Werder Bremen with a UEFA Cup first leg draw.

Inzaghi stoops to score as Italian giants returned from Werder Bremen with a UEFA Cup first leg draw.

Filippo Inzaghi opened the scoring after 36 minutes for the Italian giants, with Brazilian playmaker Diego equalising in the 84th minute after Bremen forced a number of great chances.

Loan star Beckham, whose permanent transfer could be sorted out later this week, was sent on for the final two minutes plus stoppage time for Ronaldinho, but will be hoping for more action in next week's return leg.

John Carew handed Aston Villa a UEFA Cup lifeline with a second-half equaliser in the last-32 first-leg clash with CSKA Moscow at Villa Park.

The Norway international fired his eighth goal of the campaign after Vagner Love had broken the deadlock for Brazilian legend Zico's side who were playing their first competitive game since December 4.

Vagner Love's ninth goal of this season's tournament came after 18 minutes when he coolly steered his shot past the advancing goalkeeper Bradley Guzan from Yury Zhirkov's pass.

Villa dominated the second 45 minutes and Carew insists they can still progress to a possible clash against Tottenham in the next round.

"European games are very difficult, and we were against a great team, so we can't be disappointed," Carew told Five.

"It was a good game in the end but the away game will be more difficult, and cold, so we will have to prepare well and believe we can do it, although it would have been good to get the win today."

Holders Zenit St Petersburg came out of hibernation to win the first leg of their last-32 showdown against Stuttgart 2-1.

Szabolcs Huszti gave Zenit the lead after just two minutes only for Mario Gomez to equalise in the 15th minute.

Anatoliy Tymoshchuk -- who has agreed to transfer to Bayern Munich next season -- made it 2-1 two minutes into first-half stoppage time.

Valencia put their poor domestic form behind them to secure a 1-1 draw against 10-man Dynamo Kiev at a snowy Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium where Artem Milevskiy was sent off for a second yellow card after 72 minutes.

Spain international David Silva netted a vital away goal for Valencia after nine minutes before Dynamo drew level just after the hour when Florin Cernat's thunderous free-kick was deflected in.

St Etienne produced a classic away performance to claim a 3-1 victory over Olympiacos at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

First-half goals from Ilan and Geoffrey Dernis set Alain Perrin's side on their way before Predrag Djordjevic pulled a goal back from the penalty spot just after the hour.

Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis added gloss to the scoreline for Les Verts with a stoppage-time strike to put the French side firmly in the driving seat ahead of the return leg next week.

Bordeaux and Galatasaray played to a stalemate in France, while Hamburg took a huge step towards the last 16 with a comfortable 3-0 victory against NEC Nijmegen at De Goffert.

Two goals in the last five minutes of the first half from Piotr Trochowski and Alex Silva made life very tough for NEC.

And Croatia forward Ivica Olic added a third with 15 minutes to go to give Martin Jol's side a healthy advantage with the home leg to come.

Paris St Germain will take a commanding lead into the second-leg tie against Wolfsburg thanks to Guillaume Hoarau's late double at the Parc des Princes.

The tall striker headed home twice in the final 11 minutes to give the Ligue 1 team a deserved first-leg cushion.

Denis Oliynyk scored the only goal of the game to give Metalist Kharkiv the upper hand after the first leg of their UEFA Cup last 32 tie against Sampdoria in Genoa.

The impressive Anders Due struck twice as AaB Aalborg netted three second-half goals to take a strong grip on their tie against Deportivo La Coruna. Michael Jakobsen wrapped up the victory for the Danish side.

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