Cagliari 3, Mechelen 1
MECHELEN, Belgium (AP) _ Cagliari scored two goals on counters in the final eight minutes Thursday night to beat Mechelen 3-1 in the first leg of the third round of the UEFA Cup.
Luis Oliveira, who plays for Belgium’s national team, put Cagliari ahead 2-1 the 83rd minute when he took an pass from Julio Cesar Valdes and lobbed it over goalkeeper Michel Preud’homme.
Five minutes later, Vittorio Pusceddu lobbed Preud’homme again - this time from 30 yard out. The goal was allowed even though Valdes appeared to be several yards offside.
Home fans tried to storm the field in protest and forced open a gate, but were held back by police.
Gianfranco Matteoli put Cagliari ahead in the 33rd minute, but Alex Czerniatynski tied the score five minutes later.