Eto’o double secures safe passage for Anzhi
Samuel Eto'o (pictured) struck twice at the GelreDome in Arnhem as Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala comfortably disposed of Dutch club Vitesse with a 2-0 second-leg victory on Thursday, ensuring an emphatic 4-0 win on aggregate for Guus Hiddink's side.
Eto'o's former employers Inter Milan were cruising with a 3-0 lead from the first leg as they returned to the San Siro for the visit of Hajduk Split, but the Croatians were in determined mood in the second leg and ran out as surprise 2-0 winners thanks to Ante Vukusic's first-half penalty and a second-half strike from Ivan Vukovic.
Athletic Bilbao emerged from a tricky night in Croatia with their place in the next round, but they were far from comfortable as they lost 2-1 to Slaven Koprivnica on the night, meaning they were victorious on aggregate 4-3, but Marcelo Bielsa's side can count themselves a little lucky to still be in the competition.
Marseille gave the Stade Velodrome some much-needed cheer to start the season with a 3-0 win over Turkish club Eskisehirspor. Ghana's Andre Ayew scoring twice.
Steve McClaren's FC Twente booked themselves into the next round, easily beating Mlada Boleslav, Nacer Chadli on target.
Dundee United were trounced on their visit to Moscow by Dinamo, the home side running out 5-0 winners, young forward Alexsandr Kokorin amongst the goals, whilst League of Ireland side St. Patricks gave a good account of themselves in Germany, as they lost 2-0 to last season's quarter-finalists Hannover 96.
Elsewhere, Belgian side Genk, Steaua Bucharest, Rosenborg, Danish club Horsens, Sparta Prague, Rapid Vienna and Red Star Belgrade, who beat Omonia Nicosia on penalties after 210 goalless minutes, all navigated their way into the next round.
By Alex Richards
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