Kurz makes the difference to take 1860 Munich through

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Germany's TSV 1860 Munich scraped into the second round of the Uefa Cup last night with a 1-0 home win over the Czech Republic's Petra Drnovice.

Germany's TSV 1860 Munich scraped into the second round of the Uefa Cup last night with a 1-0 home win over the Czech Republic's Petra Drnovice.

1860 Munich, who held Drnovice to a goalless draw in the first leg, squandered several good chances in the first half and had to wait until the 74th minute to break the deadlock. Marco Kurz, their defender and captain, headed in from long range after the ball rebounded off the Drnovice wall following a free-kick.

The away side battled in vain to equalise with the striker, Bronislav Cervenka, and his Brazilian colleague, Luis Fabio Gomez, both going close.

In Moscow, meanwhile, the veteran midfielder and captain Andrei Tikhonov has been dropped from the Spartak Moscow team ahead of tonight's Champions' League match against Sporting Lisbon, and there is now doubt over his future with the club.

"Tikhonov is psychologically very tired, he needs a break," Oleg Romantsev, the Spartak trainer said yesterday. "How long this will last is difficult to say." Tikhonov, the club's top scorer last season with 19 goals, has seen a dramatic decline in form in the current campaign with only a single goal. Since he joined the club in 1992, Spartak have won seven League Championships and are eyeing an eighth this season. Tikhonov, who is training on his own at the moment, said he had a meeting with club officials on Friday.

"We decided together that I needed a bit of a break in appearances for the club," he said. Local newspapers report that it is unlikely Tikhonov will return to the Spartak team and was likely to be transferred.

Dino Zoff, the former Italy coach, is to rejoin the staff of the Italian champions Lazio as vice-president, the daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported yesterday.

Zoff, previously coach and president of the Rome club, had widely been expected to return to Lazio after he quit as Italy coach following Euro 2000.

Sergio Cragnotti, the Lazio president, said: "It is a great feeling to have him on board again and a man with his experience can make a great contribution to our project."

Zoff, who will be formally voted vice-president at a board meeting on Friday, said: "I am ready to give a hand and offer my sporting experience to Cragnotti and the club."

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