Souness' side makes early European exit

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Graeme Souness saw his new club, Galatasaray, go out of the Uefa Cup 4-2 on aggregate in the first round last night after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Sparta Prague.

Dean Saunders, who left Aston Villa to follow the former Liverpool manager to Turkey, gave his side a promising start with a goal after five minutes, but Pavel Nedved equalised 18 minutes later.

Red Star Belgrade, European Cup winners in 1991, also failed to progress beyond the first round in their first international competition since the end of the worldwide ban on Yugoslav teams in line with UN sanctions against Serbia. They drew 0-0 away in Switzerland against Neuchatel Xamax and were eliminated 1-0 on aggregate.