Europa League Round of 32 Results: Lokomotiv gain upper hand over Athletic Bilbao, Metalist smash Salzburg in four-goal rout

An enthralling round of action in Uefa's secondary club competition saw plenty of goals scored, despite Sporting Lisbon and Udinese flattering to deceive against lesser opposition
Rubin Kazan 0-1 Olympiakos

Olympiakos will take a slender lead to Russia in the return leg after they picked up a vital 1-0 win at Rubin Kazan on Tuesday.

In what was a scrappy encounter for most part, David Fuster was the difference on 71 minutes, as he powered home the winner albeit with the help of a deflection from Bebras Natcho.

However, the Greek champions had to thank Roy Carroll for keeping the scoreline to a minimum. The Northern Irishman saved a Natcho penalty just seconds after replacing Balazs Megyeri, who was sent off for bringing down Karadeniz Gokdeniz.
Braga 0-2 Besiktas

Carlos Carvalhal made a winning return to Portugal as Besiktas capitalised on an extra man to earn a 2-0 victory over Braga on Tuesday and put one foot in the last 16.

The hosts were down to 10 after just 29 minutes following Helder Barbosa's second yellow card for an act of simulation, and Tomas Sivok was on hand to give the Turks the lead just before half-time with a header.

Besiktas then wrapped up the win late on through Simao, who met Manuel Fernandes' through ball before poking the ball beyond an onrushing Quim to put themselves in a advantageous position, going into the second-leg.
Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Lokomotiv Moscow came back from a goal down to register an eventual 2-1 win at the hands of Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

The hosts had to thank Felipe Caicedo, who earned a 61st-minute penalty for Denis Glushakov to dispatch, before making the most of Renat Danbaev's cross to give the Russians the upper hand in the first-leg.

However, they were dealt the blow of an away goal as teenage sensation Iker Muniain profited from Markel Susaeta's silky passage of play by finishing his team-mate's move off with aplomb, but it wasn't to be for Marcelo Bielsa's men.
Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

Salzburg 0-4 Metalist Kharkiv

Metalist Kharkiv were by far the biggest winners of the round, after they put on an exhibition performance to demolish Salzburg 4-0 on Thursday.

Taison began the rout inside only the first minute of play after pouncing on some uncertain defending from David Mendes da Silva and Douglas da Silva, and aptly rounding goalkeeper Alexander Walke.

Two more from Jonathan Cristaldo followed to give Metalist a commanding lead at half-time; the first coming from a clever Fininho cut-back, before netting the second thanks to a lay-off from strike partner Taison.

The second-half provided Salzburg some hope, but their improvement did not result in an upturn in fortunes, as Metalist made it 4-0 after Marko Devic finished off a quick-fire counterattack in stoppage time to put the visitors all but through to the last-16.
AZ 1-0 Anderlecht

AZ will make the short trip to Belgium next week with a solitary goal to their name, having edged out Anderlecht 1-0 on Thursday.

The winning goal came on 35 minutes when Adam Maher grabbed his third goal of the current European campaign, successfully meeting Simon Poulsen's cross to make all the difference ahead of the second-leg fixture.

The Dutch outfit were fully deserving of their victory, as les Mauves were second-best for much of the encounter, bar a late surge at the home side's box.
Viktoria Plzen 1-1 Schalke

Legia Warsaw 2-2 Sporting Lisbon
A late Andre Santos goal salvaged Sporting Lisbon a 2-2 draw with Legia Warsaw, as the tie remains finely poised ahead of the return leg in the Portuguese capital.

The Polish outfit took the initiative on 37 minutes as Jakob Wawrzyniak snuck the ball between the legs of Rui Patricio, before Daniel Carrico headed in the equaliser for Sporting past the hour mark.

Legia appeared to have won the encounter with just 11 minutes to spare as Rafal Wolski threaded through Janusz Gol to put the Poles back on the front foot, but a wonder strike from Sporting substitute Santos on 88 minutes denied the hosts at the death.
Steaua Bucharest 0-1 Twente
A peach of a goal from Ola John put Twente 1-0 up on Steaua Bucharest, and in command of their last-16 tie with the Romanians.

The lively forward lobbed host goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu in spectacular fashion early in the second half, as the finish was a welcome piece of inspiration in a largely tepid clash.

However, it made for a grandstand end to the match, as Steaua proceeded to throw the kitchen sink at Twente, but the visitors eventually hang on to a precious away win.
Trabzonspor 1-2 PSV

Porto 1-2 Manchester City

Stoke 0-1 Valencia

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Wisla Krakow 1-1 Standard Liege
10-man Wisla Krakow dug out a vital 1-1 draw with Standard Liege, after denying the visitors of an elusive away win with two minutes to spare.

Michal Czekaj ruined the home team's early momentum when he was shown a straight red on just 27 minutes following a professional foul on Yoni Buytens in the box, as Gohi Bi Cyriac stepped up to put the Belgian giants 1-0 up.

However, late drama in Krakow ensued as Cvetan Genkov ensured the tie remained firmly in the balance minutes before injury time after scrambling in a free-kick, thereby cancelling out Liege's personnel advantage.
Udinese 0-0 PAOK

Hannover 2-1 Club Brugge

Hannover needed a second-half comeback to cast aside Club Brugge 2-1 on Thursday, while ensuring they made full use of their home advantage.

Maxime Lestienne put the Belgian side in front with a header on 53 minutes, arguably against the run of play, but the goal was enough to make the Bundesliga outfit develop a ruthless streak in their game.

However, Artur Sobiech initiated Hannover's revival on 73 minutes after bundling home the equaliser in the box, before ex-Bayern Munich forward Jan Schlaudruff won the tie for the hosts with a coolly-chipped spot kick, after Ryan Donk's foul on Sobiech.