21 September, 2012 - 09:51

UEFA Europa League group stage openers

UEFA Europa League group stage openers

The first group stage matches were played on Thursday night.

Despite poor performance in the Premier league Liverpool opened Europa League campaign with a 5-3 win over Young Boys in Switzerland on Thursday evening.

Atletico Madrid sealed a comfortable 3-0 win against Hapoel Tel Aviv at the Bloomfield Stadium on Thursday evening via three goals from Cristian Rodríguez, Diego Costa and Raúl García. So Atletico Madrid are placed on the top of Group B.

Internazionale ended in a 2-2 draw against Rubin Kazan. Nevertheless Inter could fail but it did not for Yuto Nagatomo who made it 2-2 draw in the dying minutes.

Lazio remained resilient though Tottenham Hotspur had three goals disallowed in a 0-0 Europa League opener draw Lazio at White Hart Lane. So Andre Villas-Boas’s men as well as the Italian side gained one point.
Andre Villas-Boas’s men

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk ensured three points at their UEFA Europa League campaign start, sealing a 2-0 win against the Dutch PSV. The hosts took control in the second half and scored twice in an eight-minute period.

Udinese claimed a 1-1 draw against Anzhi in the Europa League on Thursday.

Fenerbahçe SK were confident enough, scoring a goal in each half, but Olympique de Marseille launched late two goals right in the closing minutes. The Turkish outfit led 2-0 throughout the match until Mathieu Valbuena scored in the 83rd minute and André Ayew completed a surprising 94th-minute equalizer.

The other results of Thursday’s night are:

Levante UD 1-0 Helsingborgs IF
FC Twente 2-2 Hannover 96
Sporting Lisbon 0-0 FC Basel
Olympique Lyon 2-1 Sparta Prague
NK Maribor 3-0 Panathinaikos
Partizan Belgrade 0-0 Neftchi Baku
Rapid Wien 1-2 Rosenborg BK
Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Levante UD 1-0 Helsingborgs IF
Racing Genk 3-0 Videoton FC
Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv
Viktoria Plzen 3-1 Académica Coimbra
CS Marítimo 0-0 Newcastle United
Girondins Bordeaux 4-0Club Brugge
FC Copenhagen 2-1 Molde FK
AEL Limassol 0-0 Borussia M’gladbach
Napoli 4-0 AIK

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