Europa League round-up: Sevilla and Roma get their campaigns off to a good start as Borussia Monchengladbach suffer embarrassing defeat to Wolfsberger
- There were 75 goals across the Europa League as plenty of teams were in action
- Sevilla and Roma got their campaigns off to good starts with big wins
- However Borussia Monchengladbach lost 4-0 to newcomers Wolfsberger
Sevilla, the most successful team in Europe’s second-tier competition, opened with a 3-0 victory at Qarabag while Kevin Bua struck twice to lead Basel to a 5-0 win over Krasnodar in Group C.
Meanwhile, in a major upset, competition newcomer Wolfsberger routed Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 away in Group J.
Here’s a look at Thursday’s games.
Javier Hernandez scored the first goal as Sevilla opened with a 3-0 win at Qarabag
Meanwhile Borussia Monchengladbach were embarrassed at home by Wolfsberger
Javier Hernandez broke the deadlock in Baku for Sevilla in the 62nd minute with a curling free kick for Sevilla, the Europa League winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Forward Munir El Haddadi and Oliver Torres added one apiece.
In the highest-scoring game of the night, Luxembourg’s Dudelange upset host APOEL Nicosia 4-3 in Group A.
Standard Liege started with a 2-0 win over Vitoria in Group F, while Slovan Bratislava defeated Besiktas 4-2 in a Group K.
It was party time in Basel, as Kevin Bua struck twice in a 5-0 win against Krasnodar
In Group E, Romanian champion Cluj came from a goal down to beat Lazio 2-1. Ciprian Deac equalized against the run of play from the spot after defender Bastos gave Italy’s cup winner the lead, before Billel Omrani scored the winner.
In Group B, Danish champion Copenhagen earned a 1-0 win over Lugano, while Dynamo Kyiv beat Malmo at home by the same score.
PSV Eindhoven edged past Sporting Lisbon 3-2 in Group D while newcomer LASK Linz won 1-0 against Rosenborg.
Roma also cruised to a big win after beating Istanbul Basaksehir 4-0 in a Group J match
Francisco Soares’ first-half goals lifted 2011 Europa League champion Porto to a 2-1 victory over Young Boys in Group G. Rangers, managed by Steven Gerrard, won 1-0 over Feyenoord, a Dutch side where another former star, Jaap Stam, is in charge.
Also, Roma eased past Istanbul Basaksehir 4-0 in Group J.
In Group H, Ludogorets demolished CSKA Moscow 5-1, and Espanyol drew 1-1 with Hungary’s Ferencvaros in a game of two teams making their Europa League debut.