Champions League quest under way

July 11, 2006

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) - Just two days after Italy beat France in the World Cup final, the quest began on Tuesday for soccer's Champions League title.

Seven first-leg matches were played in the first round of Champions League qualification to be followed by four more on Wednesday.

The best result in Tuesday's games came from B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands who won 3-0 away to Birkirkara of Malta. Second legs are on July 18 and 19.

After two more qualifying rounds, the group stage starts on September 12, leading eventually to the final on May 23 next year. Barcelona are the titleholders.