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Valencia beats Bordeaux

LONDON, APRIL 9. UEFA Cup favourite Valencia scored two valuable away goals in a 2-1 victory at Bordeaux in the first-leg quarterfinals on Thursday, putting the Spanish team in good shape to reach the semifinals.

The second-leg matches for Europe's No. 2 club competition are scheduled for Wednesday.

In the other three matches, Celtic and Villarreal drew 1-1, PVS Eindhoven and Newcastle had the same result while Marseille beat Inter Milan 1-0. Villarreal and Newcastle go into the second leg with the away-goal advantage.

``That away goal could be vital,'' said Newcastle striker Alan Shearer. ``It has given us a great chance of going through.''

Bordeaux played much of the match with 10 players after Rio Mavuba was expelled in the 28th minute for a foul on Valencia's Mali international Mohamed Sissoko.

The French went ahead in the 18th minute off a free kick from outside the area by midfielder Albert Riera.

Valencia's goals came in the second half with Ruben Baraja scoring in the 75th and Francisco Perez Rufete in the 88th. In Glasgow, Scotland, Henrik Larsson scored his 34th goal of the season, rallying Celtic to a 1-1 draw with Spain's Villarreal.

Celtic is unbeaten in 77 straight home matches in all competitions. Villarreal took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when Jose Moreno Josico put a header behind 'keeper David Marshall but Larsson equalised in the 64th minute.

Larsson seemed to have scored early in the second half, but the goal was disallowed for hand ball. TV replays showed it was a correct call. Celtic ousted Barcelona in the previous round, but had a much tougher time with the modest Spanish side.

In Eindhoven, Netherlands, Mateja Kezman gave PSV the lead in the 15th minute with Jermaine Jenas equalising in first-half injury time. The valuable away goal will satisfy Newcastle manager Bobby Robson, who managed PSV in the 1990s.

The Magpies are trying to reach the UEFA Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 35 years.

Kezman had two chances to score in the second half, including a spectacular bicycle kick in the 66th minute that went over the bar. Newcastle's only chance in the second half came four minutes from the end when Craig Bellamy broke away on the left wing. He centred to Alan Shearer, whose shot from outside the box was fisted over the bar by Eindhoven 'keeper Ronald Waterreus.

In Marseille, France, Didier Drogba gave the French a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute. The first-leg loss leaves Inter on the verge of being eliminated. Inter is the only Italian team remaining in the UEFA Cup or the Champions League.

``We could have got another goal or two,'' Marseille coach Jose Anigo said. ``I hope it doesn't weigh on us in the return match because you don't often get chances like that against Inter.''

Marseille's only bad news also involved Drogba, who picked up a yellow card and will miss the return leg in Milan.

The results: UEFA Cup quarterfinals (first leg): Valencia bt Bordeaux 2-1; Celtic drew with Villareal 1-1; Marseille bt Inter Milan 1-0; PSV drew with Newcastle 1-1. — AP

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