The qualifying competition for the UEFA Cup presented Portuguese SuperLiga side Uniao Leiria with a difficult task in the shape of an ambitious Hamburg side which has been vigorously reinforced this summer. Ex-Ajax star Rafael van der Vaart proved more than a handful, playing a beautiful dummy in the area to set up man of the match Trochowski to guide home the only goal of the game. At the back, van Buyten snuffed out any forward movement and Leiria will do well to prevent a cricket score in Germany this Saturday.
Elsewhere, former European champions Dortmund only managed a disappointing 1-1 draw against Sigma at home, Marseilles won 3-2 away and Deportivo la Coruna were held to a meagre 1-0 in Spain by Slaven.
On Sunday afternoon,Newcastle faced Dubrinca in Slovakia and came away with a 3-1 win.