American goalie Brad Freidelcould do nothing about a sublime finish by German international Bernd Schneiderthat gave German club Bayer Leverkusen a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday in the first leg of their UEFA Cup round-of-32 series in Leverkusen.
Schneider back-heeled a cross from Gonzalo Castro to give Leverkusen the win after the first half ended in a 2-2 tie.
Werder Bremen, second in the Bundesliga, beat Ajax, 3-0, on second-half goals by Per Mertesacker, Naldo and Torsten Frings.
UEFA CUP RESULTS
Bayer Leverkusen 3 Blackburn Rovers 2
Werder Bremen 3 Ajax 0
CSKA Moscow 0 Maccabi Haifa 0
Fenerbahce 3 AZ 3
Benfica 1 Dinamo Bucharest 0
Livorno 1Espanyol 2
AEK Athens 0 Paris SG 2
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 Nancy1
Bordeaux 0 Osasuna 0
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 Glasgow Rangers 1