Europa League: Matchday Two
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Anzhi made it eight Europa League games unbeaten after comfortably seeing off Swiss side Young Boys at Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow.
The Russian side were on the back-foot early on, with Oleg Shatov having to clear an effort off the line, with the visitors much more likely to score as Jan Lecjaks spurned an opportunity.
However, it would be Guus Hiddink's side who would take the lead with Gonzalo Zarate handling a Yury Zhirkov cross, as Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring from the penalty spot. He grabbed his second late on with Shatov's pin-point cross, being turned in by the Cameroon star as Anzhi moved provisionally top of Group A.
Meanwhile, at Anfield, Liverpool were dealt a blow, with Udinese running out 3-2 victors in an entertaining clash on Merseyside, with Antonio Di Natale the star man. (See Match Report)
Holders Atletico Madrid were made to work for their 1-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen, with Cristian Rodriguez scoring in the 93rd minute to hand Diego Simeone's men a 14th consecutive victory in the Europa League. (See Match Report)
Portuguese side Academica were denied by a last minute equaliser, drawing 1-1 at home to Israeli outfit Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Coimbra.
A rather turgid first half made for little attacking opportunities afforded to either side though the second period would start in blistering fashion.
With just a minute of the game restarting, Marinho produced a delicious cross for Salim Cisse, whose finish proved equally as brilliant, with a lovely hook over his right shoulder.For all of Academica's progress, they would be pegged back in the final minute, with Omer Damari diverting an effort past Ricardo and seal a point.
|Marseille avenged their heavy Ligue 1 defeat at the weekend with a superb 5-1 victory over AEL Limassol at Stade Velodrome.
Surprisingly, it was the Cypriot minnows who scored first, with Edwin Ouon providing the finish after some lax defending from a corner. Joey Barton's home debut saw the Englishman's corner helped on by debutant Lucas Mendes, with Rod Fanni heading in to make it 1-1.
The hosts then were in the ascendancy, with Mendes notching a debut goal with a fine header, before Loic Remy made it 3-1 midway through the second half.
Substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac made it 4-1, with Remy completing the rout just seconds later - both in the 90th minute to hand Elie Baup's men top spot in Group A.
Fenerbahce turned on the style to demolish Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 during an intriguing encounter at Borussia Park.
It would be Lucien Favre's side who took the lead early on, as Havard Nordveit's pin-point delivery was headed in by Luuk de Jong, as the Turkish giants failed to adequately impose their authority early on.
However, it would be all Fenerbahce from there, as the visitors replied. Firstly, a brilliant free-kick from Cristian deceived Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the equaliser, before Raul Meireles latched onto a delivery by Canet Erkin, to smash home a low shot to turn the match around.
Dirk Kuyt made it 3-1 in the second half, turning in from Erkin's cross after a surging run from the midfielder, though, Ivan de Camargo reduced the deficit to 3-2 from Juan Arango's delivery.
Nonetheless, it would be Fener's night as Cristian struck his second to complete the 4-2 scoreline late on, to hand Aykut Kocaman's side a huge win.
|Newcastle thrashed Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux in a surprisingly one-sided Group D encounter at St James Park on Thursday evening.
The unbeaten visitors were expected to pose a threat to Alan Pardew's side, but instead, the Premier League side ran out comfortable victors. (See Match Report here)
Club Brugge comfortably saw off Portuguese side Martimo and earn a 2-0 win in Belgium to remain in the mix in Group D.
It took 57 minutes for the hosts to finally break the deadlock, and the finish was worth the wait. Carlos Bacca showed flashes of brilliance to leave defender Valentin Roberge in his wake, and curl a beautiful finish past Romain Salin.
The Belgian side were subsequently on the cosh, defending their deserved lead, though Maritimo failed to offer any serious attacking threat as Club Brugge held on to take the three points.
Bacca turned provider soon after, controlling Jordi's brilliant long pass and square for Bjorn Velminckx to tap-in to an empty net and finally see off the threat of Maritimo.
|Norwegian side Molde proved they were no pushovers, recording a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart.
Substitute Jo-Inge Berget finally opened the scoring just before the hour, showing great positioning to fire in from Martin Linnes' cross, and direct past Sven Ulreich.
Bruno Labbadia's side never really imposed themselves in Norway, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's charges close to grinding out a superb victory.
That was confirmed late in the game, when Nigerian striker Daniel Chima found the net to re-ignite the Norwegian hosts' Europa League campaign and condemn Stuttgart to an embarrassing defeat.
Steaua Bucharest meanwhile, needed a late goal to finally condemn Copenhagen to defeat in a highly competitive fixture in the Romanian capital.
For all of the hosts' attacking intents, the winner would come from a fortuitous source, as Ragnar Siguardsson put through his own net, and ensure the Danish visitors remain on three points, and third place in Group E.
|AIK were pegged back twice before conceding a late goal as they were beaten 3-2 by a determined Dnipro side in Solna.
The deadlock was broken in sublime fashion after just five minutes when Helgi Danielsson struck a dipping volley which rebounded in off the post to hand the Swedish hosts the lead.
Former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic restored parity four minutes before the half, though Henok Goitom struck in first-half injury time to regain the advantage.
Dnipro were far more enterprising in the second period, and their perseverance paid off as Ivan Strinic picked out Vitaly Mandziuk, who made it 2-2 with a simple finish, with the hosts rattled.
The game-changer came with minutes to spare, as Yevhen Seleznyov took advantage of poor defending to fire in the winner, and ensure Juande Ramos' men stay top with a 100 per cent record.
PSV made amends for their Matchday 1 defeat to record a convincing 3-0 victory over a desperately poor Napoli side in Eindhoven.
Jermain Lens opened the scoring after 19 minutes, after a misjudgement by Napoli goalkeeper Antonio Rosati to put the Dutch side ahead.
The hosts went further ahead, after brilliant work by Netherlands international Luciano Narsingh, whipping in a great cross for Dries Mertens, as the Belgian struck a sweet volley into the back of the net for 2-0.
Walter Mazzari's men were punished again early into the second half, as Mertens notched an assist, delivering a corner to Marcelo who made it 3-0, and consigning the Italian side to a heavy defeat.