Ronaldinho came off the bench to score an injury-time goal to give AC Milan a 1-0 victory over Sporting Braga. Sevilla, champions in 2006 and 2007, lost in Belgium against Standard while France's Saint-Etienne thrashed Rosenborg.
Ronaldinho struck deep into injury time to give favourites AC Milan a 1-0 UEFA Cup group stage win at home to Braga on Thursday while twice winners Sevilla lost 1-0 at Standard Liege.
Brazilian Ronaldinho came off the bench just after the hour mark to help the Serie A leaders finally break the resistance of their Portuguese opponents with a sweetly struck shot from Gennaro Gattuso's pass.
In Belgium, Dieudonne Mbokani's first-half strike proved the undoing of 2006 and 2007 champions Sevilla as Standard followed up their fine first-round victory over Everton with an opening Group C win over the Spaniards.
On a good night for Serie A's top two, Udinese maintained their 100 per cent record after Italy striker Fabio Quagliarella scored twice in a 2-1 Group D victory at Spartak Moscow.
In a clash of former winners, Brazil striker Vagner Love notched his fourth and fifth goals of the competition as 2005 champions CSKA Moscow won 3-1 at Feyenoord to consign the twice winners to their second successive Group H defeat.
Mario Gomez also made it five goals in four games, striking twice late on in VfB Stuttgart's 2-0 win over Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade while fellow Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg were the big winners, thrashing Heerenveen 5-1.
After their Champions League sides failed to win midweek, it was a better night for English clubs with Tottenham Hotspur easing past Dinamo Zagreb 4-0, Aston Villa edging Slavia Prague 1-0 and Manchester City beating Twente Enschede 3-2.
The top three teams from each of the eight groups progress to the first knockout round where they will be joined by the eight sides finishing third in their Champions League groups.
Date created : 2008-11-06