Football Round-Up: Fighting Cardiff succumb at the last

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CARDIFF CITY were knocked out of the Cup-Winners' Cup 2-0 by Austria's Admira Wacker last night.

The Welsh Third Division side, who had held the Austrians goalless in the first leg, hung on until the second half before surrendering. Olaf Marschal set Admira on their way in the 47th minute, and Johan Abfalterer added the second in the last minute.

Katowice bowed out of the Uefa Cup in disarray, having three players sent off during their 2-1 defeat by Galatasaray in Istanbul.

The Polish migration began after the Turks, already 1-0 ahead on the night and on aggregate through Sukur Hakan, were awarded a penalty in the 56th minute. Roman Szewczyk persisted with his protest against the decision until the Welsh referee Rodger Gifford sent him off.

The former Cologne player Falko Gotz converted the penalty, and though Katowice pulled a goal back their hopes disappeared when Lezlow and Juercaiski were also sent off.

Swedish supporters rampaged through Aarhus last night smashing shop windows, overturning cars and fighting with Turkish immigrants before Aik Stockholm took on the local side in the Cup-Winners' Cup. Fifteen Swedes were arrested, police blaming the trouble on drink. The match finished 1-1 for a 4-4 aggregate, with Aarhus going through on away goals.

Alexandru Andrasi scored twice inside seven minutes to help Steaua Bucharest to a comfortable 4-0 win over Ireland's Bohemians in the same competition. Having held the former European champions to a goalless draw at home, Bohemians conceded three goals in the first half and their fitful attempts to fight back were stifled by Steaua at the expense of three yellow cards.

Dejan Savicevic, a striker from Montenegro, which is an ally of Serbia, has asked to be left out of Milan's side to play Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia today because he fears for his life. The Italian champions will instead use the European Cup tie to give the Croatian Zvonimir Boban his first competitive match since returning from a loan spell with Bari.

'I can't go there. I really can't,' Savicevic said. 'I know Slovenia is no longer at war but Zagreb is only an hour's car drive away from Ljubljana and there's nothing to stop Croats crossing the border. 'To go there might perhaps be interpreted as a provocation. The risk is too great.'

Dutch forward Marco Van Basten and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Papin are rested and their places go to Dutch duo Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard.

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