Soccer  UEFA Europa Cup

Only Ajax, APOEL, Krasnodar, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit have a perfect record two games into this season’s UEFA Europa League group stage.

 

Matchday two results (click individual games for video highlights)

Ajax 1-0 Standard Liège

Astana 0-0 Young Boys

Athletic 1-0 Rapid Wien

Austria Wien 0-0 Plzeň

Celta 2-0 Panathinaikos

Dundalk 1-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Fenerbahçe 1-0 Feyenoord

Fiorentina 5-1 Qarabağ

Gabala 2-3 Mainz

Genk 3-1 Sassolo

Gent 2-0 Konyaspor

Hapoel Beer-Sheva 0-0 Southampton

Krasnodar 5-2 Nice

Liberec 1-2 PAOK

Manchester United 1-0 Zorya

Olympiacos 0-1 APOEL

Roma 4-0 Astra

Schalke 3-1 Salzburg

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Braga

Sparta Praha 3-1 Inter Milan

Steaua 1-1 Villarreal

St-Étienne 1-1 Anderlecht

Zenit 5-0 AZ

Zürich 2-1 OsmanlısporAjax, APOEL, Krasnodar, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit maintained their 100% records, while Manchester United got off the mark and Inter Milan lost again.While Fiorentina, Krasnodar and Zenit all scored five, Roma were not far behind on four thanks to a virtuoso display from talisman Francesco Totti in the week of his 40th birthday.

 

Another of the competition’s stellar names, Zlatan Ibrahimović, scored the only goal as Manchester United got off the mark in Group A with victory over debutants Zorya. Fellow newcomers Dundalk fared better, beating Maccabi Tel-Aviv to become the first team from the Republic of Ireland to win in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League proper.Slovan Liberec lost to PAOK but they are making a name for themselves as fast starters nonetheless. Jan Sýkora, who struck the quickest goal in UEFA Europa League history – 10.69 seconds – on matchday one, teed up Nikolai Komlichenko on this occasion with just over 40 seconds on the clock.

 

Another Czech club, Sparta Praha, felled Inter Milan 3-1 to condemn the Serie A outfit to a second successive Group K defeat.

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