Bordeaux's brilliance overwhelms Milan

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Bordeaux recorded one of the best European results of recent times last night when they overturned a two-goal deficit to knock Milan out of the Uefa Cup with a dramatic 3-0 win.

Two second-half goals from Christophe Dugarry, following an early strike by Didier Tholot, did the damage, allowing the triumphant Frenchmen to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit. Bordeaux, who entered the Uefa Cup via last summer's much-ridiculed Intertoto Cup, are 14th in the French league - yet they became the first team to beat Milan by three goals in Europe since 1978.

The Italian aristocrats were also hit by injuries to key players: their European and African player of the year, George Weah, broke an arm during the match but lasted 90 minutes, while the defender Alessandro Costacurta broke his nose.

Italy's other quarter-finalists, Roma, also crashed out, despite overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Slavia Prague. Two goals from Francesco Moriero and a header from Giuseppe Giannini put Roma ahead on aggregate in extra time, but a 112th-minute goal from the substitute Jiri Vavra put the Czechs through on away goals.

Barcelona reached the last four with 10 men. Miguel Angel Nadal was sent off in the second half at PSV Eindhoven but his side still won 3-2 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate.

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