Manchester United players dominate Europa League squad of the season

Eight Manchester United players were named in the Europa League squad of the season, selected by UEFA’s technical observers.

United, who won the competition with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday, had by far the most players in the 18-man selection, with Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all included.

Runners-up Ajax and semifinalists Celta Vigo and Lyon each contributed three players, while quarterfinalists Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans — who joined Monaco in a €25 million deal this week — completes the selection.

Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was among UEFA’s technical observers in Stockholm along with former Romania internationals Cristian Chivu and Ioan Lupescu, ex-Serbia and Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic, former Poland defender Stefan Majewski and Mixu Paatelainen, who played for and managed Finland.
Herrera drew particular praise from the panel, who said he was “the Man of the Match in the final and extremely important throughout United’s campaign,” while they said Ibrahimovic — injured in the quarterfinal win over Anderlecht — had been a “talisman” until that point.

The ever-present Pogba, meanwhile, was described as the “complete midfield player” and Blind drew praise for his “excellent reading of the game in the final [which] helped to nullify Ajax’s potent attack.”

Others to draw notable praise were 17-year-old Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, whose “mature performances belied his years,” and Tielemans, labelled an “impressive young player who was outstanding throughout competition.”

Alexandre Lacazette, in talks over a move to Atletico Madrid, was “Lyon’s key attacker” and the French side’s Corentin Tolisso was hailed for “one of the goals of the tournament versus Roma.”
Goalkeepers

Sergio Alvarez (Celta Vigo), Sergio Romero (Manchester United)
Defenders

Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Gustavo Cabral (Celta Vigo), Jeremy Morel (Lyon), Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax), Daley Blind (Manchester United), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Midfielders


Pablo Hernandez (Celta Vigo), Ander Herrera (Manchester United), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United), Amin Younes (Ajax)
Forwards


Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Bertrand Traore (Ajax)

Europa League Final – Paul Pogba and Henrikh  Mkhitaryan score as Manchester United secure Europa league trophy on an emotional night in Stockholm 

Manchester United lifted the Europa League trophy to claim their second major trophy of the season and secure Champions League football as they overcame Ajax to win the Europa League final in Stockholm.

On an emotional night following the attack which killed 22 people at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday, United’s fans were allowed a measure of celebration as Jose Mourinho’s side won in comfort.


Paul Pogba’s deflected strike and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s close-range goal secured United’s second trophy of the season and a result which may offer some joy to the city of Manchester following a devastating week.

Victory also earns the club a place in next season’s Champions League group stage and justifies the decision of manager Jose Mourinho to prioritise this competition in recent months.

The celebrations of the fans and players at the full-time whistle were, however, tempered by thoughts of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening, which prompted heightened security at the Friends Arena and a sombre build-up to the showpiece match.

Stockholm knows all too well the impact of such an attack as just last month five people were killed by a hijacked truck in the city centre, meaning security around the game had already been beefed up.

Mourinho’s men wore black armbands in Stockholm, where a minute’s silence quickly turned into applause.

Pogba, who was playing less than two weeks after the death of his father, almost rewarded those travelling supporters inside the first minute, but shot narrowly wide from distance.

But the world’s most expensive player only had to wait until the 18th minute for the breakthrough, which followed a terrible throw-in from Jairo Riedewald, presenting the ball to Juan Mata in a dangerous area.

The ball was worked to Pogba, via Marouane Fellaini, and the Frenchman’s 20-yard shot took a wicked deflection off the knee of Davinson Sanchez giving wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana no chance of keeping it out.

It was a cruel moment for Ajax, but the goal was a just reward for a dominant, controlled first-half display from United and they might have doubled their advantage when captain Antonio Valencia’s fine run and shot from a tight angle forced Onana to beat the ball away.
But the second goal arrived just three minutes into the second half and it came from another of Mourinho’s summer signings following a Mata corner.

Chris Smalling nodded the ball down for Mkhitaryan inside the six-yard box and the Armenian leapt to hook the ball past Onana, sparking vigorous celebrations and more ‘Manchester’ chants.

The goal was a bitter blow for an Ajax team with an average age of just over 22 who rarely threatened Sergio Romero – and things might have gotten worse when Fellaini headed Pogba’s cross straight at the goalkeeper or when substitute Jesse Lingard was denied by a last-ditch Sanchez tackle in the closing minutes.

Ajax’s callow side — the youngest ever in a major European final — were unable to find a way back.

Club captain Wayne Rooney was introduced from the bench in the 89th minute for what might prove to be a farewell appearance, as United held on to add the Europa League to the EFL Cup they won in February and ensure there will be five Premier League teams playing in the Champions League next season.

Europa League glory means United join Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus as the only clubs to have won all three major UEFA trophies, including the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as the Club World Cup or the Intercontinental Cup.
Meanwhile, Zlatan has his picture taken in front of a huge banner that reads: ZLATAN – STAY AND YOU CAN SHAG MY WIFE.

Europa League: Semi-finals second leg results – Manchester United  hold on after nervy clash to set up Stockholm final with Ajax, who edge out Lyon

​ Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax (Aggregate  4 – 5)

Manchester United  1 – 1 Celta vigo ( Aggregate  2 – 1)



  • Manchester United  1 – 1 Celta vigo ( Aggregate  2 – 1)

Manchester United edged into the Europa League final after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in their semi-final second leg on Thursday secured a 2-1 aggregate win.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, United took control as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross.

But Celta, needing two goals, levelled on the night through Facundo Roncaglia to set up a tense final few minutes.

United’s Eric Bailly and Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl, and the hosts hung on to reach the final.


They will meet Ajax, who beat Lyon in the other semi-final, in Stockholm on 24 May.


United had never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home, and knew they would reach the final by keeping a clean sheet at an expectant Old Trafford.


It will be the first opportunity for United to win the Europa League trophy – the only major European trophy missing from their collection.
United are just one win away from Champions League qualification.


And, with the EFL Cup already in the bag, it would give Jose Mourinho the chance to win the double in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

  • Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax (Aggregate  4 – 5)

Ajax secured a place in their first European final for 21 years after surviving a huge scare to beat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate in their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

The Dutch side, who played the final six minutes with 10 men, lost 3-1 in the second leg.

Ajax scored first through Kasper Dolberg’s crafty finish to move 5-1 ahead on aggregate.

Lyon’s in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette led the fightback with two in 79 seconds on the stroke of half-time, and Rachid Ghezzal’s header, which deflected in off Nick Viergever, who moments later was sent off, resulted in a nail-biting finish.

They meet Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24, their first European showpiece since losing the 1996 Champions League final on penalties to Juventus.
Ajax are already assured of at least a place in the Champions League third qualifying round with a top-two finish in the Eredivisie. But they trail Dutch leaders Feyenoord by a point with the season set to conclude on Sunday, so the Europa final will likely be important for advancing directly to the group stage.

Dream debut for Rashford as ‘horny’ United display five star peformance; Livepool, Spurs win; Napoli out

18-year-old Marcus Rashford scored two goals on his Manchester United debut in a 5-1 win against FC Midtjylland as Louis Van Gaal’s side progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Rashford was the unlikely hero in Manchester United’s do-or-die clash with FC Midtjylland, marking an unexpected debut with a dream brace that saw Louis van Gaal’s men through a tricky Europa League tie.
A terrible string of injuries has seen United forced to rely on youth products, although the 18-year-old striker was so far down the pecking order his name did not even appear on the back of the matchday programme.
Rashford is likely to be the cover star next time, though, having been thrust into the spotlight following Anthony Martial’s warm-up injury and netting twice as United overcame a first-leg defeat and first-half Midtjylland goal to win 5-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.
It was a dream end to an evening that looked to be going horribly wrong when Pione Sisto all-too-easily carved open United’s makeshift defence to put the Danish champions ahead at Old Trafford.
Nikolay Bodurov, on loan from Fulham, turned a Memphis Depay cross into his own goal shortly afterwards, but nerves grew as Morgan Schneiderlin hit the woodwork and then Juan Mata saw a penalty saved.
They need not have worried, though, as Rashford came to the rescue, turning home crosses from Mata and Guillermo Varela to put United in the driving seat.
Ander Herrera’s penalty and a Depay strike either side of Andre Romer’s red card added extra gloss to the scoreline as they progressed to the last 16.
The result eases the pressure on Van Gaal, who called for his team to be hungry and, rather amusingly, “horny” in the build-up to a match which ended a run of four games on the road.
Martial’s warm-up blow took the number of injured first-team players to 13 and led to Rashford making his debut alongside 19-year-old Joe Riley, who made his first start in a defence that saw Michael Carrick drop back to partner Daley Blind.

Tottenham beat Fiorentina 4-1 on aggregate in their Europa League round-of-32 tie after a 3-0 win in the second leg at White Hart Lane.
Ryan Mason gave Spurs the lead with a composed finish in the first half and Erik Lamela made it two before a Gonzalo Rodriguez own goal completed a 4-1 victory on aggregate.
The only negative on another excellent night for Mauricio Pochettino’s men saw Dele Alli pick up his third yellow card of the competition, which means the 19-year-old is banned for the first leg of the next round.
Harry Kane was left out of a Spurs matchday squad for the first time this season as he recovers from a broken nose, but Pochettino showed the seriousness with which he continues to treat this most exhausting of competitions by fielding all of his other key players including Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Alli.
This was an important victory, not least to recover momentum following last weekend’s shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Crystal Palace, a defeat which brought to an end Tottenham’s eight-match unbeaten run and set nerves jangling amongst the Spurs faithful.

Liverpool have qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League after beating Augsburg 1-0 at Anfield, courtesy of a penalty from James Milner.
Milner’s fifth-minute penalty proved decisive but despite creating a number of chances the Reds failed to score a second goal that would have sealed the tie.
The job was completed within 90 minutes meaning Jurgen Klopp and his players can now concentrate on Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Manchester City.
Aside from the result, the real positive was another 65 minutes in the bank for Daniel Sturridge, making his third consecutive start for the first time since last March, who looked Liverpool’s most dangerous player and will be the key man again at Wembley.

Borussia Dortmund won 1-0 at Porto to add to their advantage from the first leg and cruise to a 3-0 aggregate victory.
Iker Casillas saved a shot from Marco Reus, only for the rebound to fall to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose follow-up hit the underside of the bar and came straight down to strike Casillas and roll in for an own goal.

Karim Bellarabi scored twice to guide Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 win at home over Sporting Lisbon, with the hosts advancing 4-1 on aggregate.
Bellarabi stayed onside to receive a pass from Javier Hernandez before firing a shot through the legs of keeper Rui Patricio from a tight angle on 30 minutes.
But Sporting scored eight minutes later when Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno could only parry Carlos Mane’s shot into the path of Joao Mario, who tapped home.
However, Bellarabi’s powerful, long-distance second goal effectively put an end to the tie before Hakan Calhanoglu added a third goal late on.

Sabin Merino’s goal nine minutes from time allowed Athletic Bilbao to advance at the expense of Marseille after a 1-1 draw.
Michy Batshuayi’s 40th-minute goal erased Athletic’s slim edge from the first leg, but Merino headed a home a cross from Markel Susaeta to help the Spanish side move on 2-1 on aggregate.

Lazio scored twice in a three-minute span to defeat Galatasaray 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.
After a goalless first period, Marco Parolo put Lazio ahead with an unstoppable header from Lucas Biglia’s corner before Felipe Anderson made it 2-0 by tapping in to an empty net from Alessandro Matri’s cut across.
The visitors had renewed hope when Yasin Oztekin drew a goal back two minutes later, but Miroslav Klose’s 72nd-minute goal — his first goal of the season — made for a comfortable ending.

Shakhtar Donetsk displayed a dominating performance to win 3-0 at Schalke.
Marlos found the tie’s first goal in the 26th minute, and Facundo Ferreyra and Viktor Kovalenko added to the visitor’s advantage after the break as the Bundesliga side failed to respond.

Valencia completed their rout of Rapid Vienna with a 4-0 win in a second leg that was never in doubt.
Rodrigo, Sofiane Feghouli, Pablo Piatti and Shkodran Mustafi provided the goals as Gary Neville’s side added to the six-goal laugher in the first leg to win 10-0 on aggregate.

Villarreal managed a 1-1 draw at Napoli to move on 2-1 on aggregate.
Marek Hamsik scored for the hosts in the 17th minute to level the tie, but Tomas Pina’s fortunate goal on the hour mark put the Spanish side through.
Pina sent in a cross from the corner of the 18-yard box that sailed into the opposite corner.

Basel defeated St Etienne at home 2-1 to advance on away goals with the tie level at 4-4.
After a fine effort in a 3-2 defeat in the first leg, the Swiss side got a 15th-minute goal from Luca Zuffi.
That set up a dramatic finish where Moustapha Bayal Sall appeared to have found a winner for the French side in the 89th minute, only for Zuffi to put Basel through with a second goal in stoppage time.

Frank Acheampong scored twice in extra time as Anderlecht won 2-1 away at Olympiakos to go through 3-1 overall.
Kostas Fortounis pulled the Greeks level in the tie when he converted a penalty in the 29th minute.
Acheampong scored from a tight angle to put the Belgians ahead on 103 minutes and the Ghana forward made sure of a place in the last 16 with another neat finish midway through the second period of extra time.

Norwegian side Molde won their home leg over Sevilla 1-0, but it was not enough as the defending champions advanced 3-1 on aggregate.
Eirik Hestad scored for Molde before the break while American Ethan Horvath kept a clean sheet.

Sparta Prague won 3-0 at 10-man Krasnodar to ease through 4-0 on aggregate.
Goals early in the second half from Lukas Marecek and Martin Frydek had ended the tie as a contest.
It got worse for the hosts when Charles Kabore received a second yellow card and Kehinde Fatai capped the scoring two minutes later.

Fenerbahce progressed past Lokomotiv Moscow following a 1-1 draw in the Russian capital.
Holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, Fener fell behind to Aleksandr Samedov’s goal on the stroke of half-time, but Lokomotiv were not able to find a second themselves and Mehmet Topal’s late header gave the visitors a comfortable final few moments.

On Wednesday, Braga advanced 4-3 on aggregate after securing a 2-2 draw at home with FC Sion.

EUROPA League: Round of 32 Draw

Manchester United will take on FC Midtjylland of Denmark, while Liverpool will face German outfit Augsburg in the last-32 of the Europa League.
After finishing third in their Champions League group United will be involved in Thursday night football and face a trip to minnows Midtjylland after the Europa League draw was made in Nyon on MOnday lunchtime. The Danish champions are currently third in the Superliga table and will travel to Old Trafford for the second leg.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will make a return to Germany, but not against his former club Borussia Dortmund as many neutral were hoping for, but against Augsburg, who are 13th in the Bundesliga.
Tottenham will play Italian side Fiorentina again after losing 3-1 on aggregate against the Florence side last season at the same stage of the competition.

All three English clubs will be at home for the second leg because they were seeded.

Gary Neville’s Valencia have been paired with Rapid Vienna, while Dortmund face Porto, Galatasaray take on Lazio and Turkish side Fenerbahce will play Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow in a potentially volatile encounter after the recent tension between the two countries.

Europa League last-32 full draw:

Valencia v Rapid Vienna
Fiorentina v Tottenham
Borussia Dortmund v Porto
Fenerbahce v Lokomotiv Moscow
Anderlecht v Olympiacos
Midtjylland v Manchester United
Augsburg v Liverpool
Sparta Prague v Krasnodar
Galatasaray v Lazio
Sion v Braga
Shakhtar Donetsk v Schalke
Marseille v Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla v Molde
Sporting Lisbon v Bayer Leverkusen
Villarreal v Napoli
St Etienne v Basle

First legs to be played on February 18.

Second legs to be played on February 24/25.

Europa League Results

Liverpool qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League as group winners after a goalless draw against FC Sion at the Stade Tourbillon.

 

Their Swiss opponents also advanced as Bordeaux drew 2-2 with Rubin Kazan, who had a chance to move on entering the day.

 

Second-half goals from Bordeaux’s Gaetan Laborde and Diego Rolan cancelled out Maxim Kanunnikov’s opener, and though Vitali Ustinov was fortunate to equalise while slipping late on, Rubin Kazan finished third in the group.

 

Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League in rampant fashion after beating AS Monaco 4-1 at White Hart Lane, courtesy of an Erik Lamela hat-trick.

 

The Argentina international looks a player reborn under Mauricio Pochettino this season and the winger completed his treble in just 37 minutes, before Tom Carroll added a late fourth following Stephan El Shaarawy’s second-half consolation.

The victory means Spurs qualify top of Group J and will now be seeded in the last 32, where they can meet the other groups’ runners-up or one of the four unseeded teams that dropped out of the Champions League.

 

The defeat knocked the principality side out of the competition as Anderlecht advanced in second place with a 2-1 win over Qarabag.

Andy Najar and Stefano Okaka scored in a four-minute span to overturn Dani Quintana’s opener for Qarabag.

 

Borussia Dortmund lost 1-0 at home to PAOK and finishing as runners-up in Group C.

The Greek side scored the only goal against the run of play in the 34th minute when Robert Mak was played through and rounded keeper Roman Weidenfeller.

 

Khouma Babacar scored in the second half to give Fiorentina a crucial 1-0 win over Belenenses that extended their Europa League campaign.

 

Basel had already guaranteed themselves the top spot in Group I and finished the stage with a 1-0 win at Lech Poznan, Jean-Paul Boetius scoring five minutes into the second half.

 

Marseille’s 4-2 win at Liberec was not enough to win Group F as Braga held on to the top spot with a 0-0 draw at Groningen.

Michy Batshuayi, Georges N’Koudou and Abdelaziz Barrada had put the French side 3-0 up, and OM held on after Liberec attempted a late rally with goals from Marek Bakos and Josef Sural, and Lucas Ocampos wrapped up the points before the final whistle.

 

Napoli completed a perfect group stage by defeating Legia Warsaw 5-2.

Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah opened the scoring with a long shot, and Napoli followed up with goals from Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and a Dries Mertens brace

 

Ajax are out of the competition after a 1-1 draw at home against Group A winners Molde.

Donny van de Beek scored the opener for Ajax with a looping header and paid for his goal with a clash of heads that left him bloodied.

 

Fenerbache ended Celtic’s miserable Europa League campaign to go through as runners-up with a 1-1 draw at home.

Lazar Markovic scored the only goal on 39 minutes, and winless Celtic found an equaliser through Kris Commons after Diego was sent off in the second half.

 

Schalke won 4-0 at Asteras Tripoli, as Franco Di Santo and a Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting brace helped the German side to finish top.

 

FC Midtjylland also advanced from Group D after a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge, Pione Sisto’s remarkable effort from distance at a tight angle enough to put the Danish side through despite Jelle Vossen’s equaliser.

 

Sparta Prague had also advanced already but will move on as runners-up after a 3-1 win at APOEL, Lukas Julis’s goal cancelling out the hosts’ early opener before a David Lafata brace secured all three points.

 

Raul Bobadilla scored a dramatic late goal to put Augsburg into the next stage by the slimmest of margins with a 3-1 win against 10-man Partizan Belgrade.

 

Group A

Ajax 1 – 1 Molde

Fenerbahce 1 – 1 Celtic

 

Group B

Bordeaux 2 – 2 Rubin Kazan

Sion 0 – 0 Liverpool

 

Group C

Borussia Dortmund 0 – 1 PAOK Thessaloniki FC

FK Qabala 0 – 3 FC Krasnodar

 

Group D

FC Midtjylland 1 – 1 Club Brugge

SSC Napoli 5 – 2 Legia Warszawa

 

Group E

Rapid Wien 2 – 1 Dinamo Minsk

Viktoria Plzen 3 – 3 Villarreal

 

Group F

FC Groningen 0 – 0 Braga

Liberec 2 – 4 Marseille

 

Group G

Dnipro 3 – 0 Rosenborg

Saint-Etienne 1 – 1 Lazio

 

Group H

Skenderbeu 0 – 3 Lokomotiv Moscow

Sporting CP 3 – 1 Besiktas

 

Group I

Fiorentina 1-0 Belenenses

Lech Poznan 0-1 Basel

 

Group J

Anderlecht 2 – 1 Qarabag FK

Tottenham Hotspur 4 – 1 Monaco

 

Group K

APOEL Nicosia 1 – 3 Sparta Prague

Asteras Tripolis 0 – 4 Schalke 04

 

Group L

Athletic Bilbao 2 – 2 AZ Alkmaar

Partizan Beograd 1 – 3 Augsburg

 

 

 

Krasnodar won 3-0 at bottom side Qabala.

First-half goals by Ragnar Sigurdsson and Mauricio Pereira and a late third from Wanderson put the Russian side on 13 points, three clear of second-placed Dortmund.

Europa League Group Stage Results

Tottenham players celebrate H.M Son's goal
Tottenham players celebrate H.M Son’s goal

Son Heung-min scored twice on his home debut and Erik Lamela scored a late third as Tottenham recorded a 3-1 Europa League win over Qarabag.

Son was deployed as the lone striker by Mauricio Pochettino, with goalless Harry Kane rested for the visit of the Azerbaijan champions – the first time in almost seven months the England international has not started a game for Spurs.

But his replacement on the night showed why he was signed for a fee in excess of £20million as he scored two predatory goals in the space of three minutes

Adam Lallana scored on his return from injury as a much-changed Liverpool drew 1-1 with Bordeaux in their Europa League opener in France.

Lallana’s brilliant-but-simple goal cancelled out by Bordeaux substitute Jussie nine minutes from time.

Kolo Toure was forced off with a leg injury inflicted by his own goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

It presented a debut to academy graduate Pedro Chirivella and brought the average age of the side down to 21.7 with 18-year-olds Joe Gomez, Jordan Rossiter and Chirivella, alongside Jordon Ibe (19) and Divock Origi (20).

Another academy star Cameron Brannagan was handed his debut with 10 minutes to go.

In an absorbing encounter at the Amsterdam Arena, right-back Mikael Lustig headed Celtic men into an interval lead in the 42nd minute after Danish midfielder Viktor Fischer had cancelled out midfielder Nir Bitton’s eighth minute opener.

The Hoops looked assured after the break but when Emilio Izaguirre was dismissed in the 74th minute by referee Luca Banti for picking up his second yellow of the night with a foul on Anwar El Ghazi, the home side came storming back with Schone scoring a free-kick in the 84th minute and Ronny Deila’s side hanging on for a point.

In the other Group A game, Molde survived the late sending off of Mohamed Elyounoussi and a barrage of Fenerbahce chances to claim a 3-1 win in Istanbul.

Tommy Hoiland’s penalty was cancelled out by Nani late in the first half but Molde hit back again after the break with goals from Elyounoussi and Martin Linnes.

Napoli, meanwhile, made a flying start to their Europa League campaign by thrashing Club Brugge 5-0 at Stadio San Paolo, with Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens both scoring twice.

Callejon opened the scoring after just five minutes and Mertens bagged a brace to make it 3-0 inside 25 minutes.

Marek Hamsik added a fourth early in the second half and Callejon completed the Group D rout 13 minutes from time.

Morten Rasmussen struck as Midtjylland beatLegia Warsaw 1-0 in the other match in the group, in which the Poles had Dominik Furman sent off.

In Group C, Park Joo-ho headed a last-gasp winner as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Krasnodar 2-1.

Pavel Mamaev gave the Russians an early lead at Signal Iduna Park but Matthias Ginter levelled before the break and then set up Park’s stoppage-time winner after the Germans dominated the second period.

Elsewhere in the group, Qabala drew 0-0 with PAOK Salonika.

Sion beat Rubin Kazan 2-1 with a double from Moussa Konate.

Marseille began in Group F with a 3-0 win at Groningen with goals from Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Lucas Ocampos and Romain Alessandrini

Braga won 1-0 at Slovan Liberec.

Rapid Vienna beat Villarreal 2-1 in Group E

Viktoria Plzen overcame Dinamo Minsk 2-0.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar maintained his impressive scoring record for Schalke in Europe with two goals in the German side’s 3-0 win at APOEL Nicosiain Group K.

Joel Matip was also on target while the Cypriot side had Tomas De Vincenti sent off late on.

Monaco equalised in the 85th minute through Lacina Traore to snatch a 1-1 draw at Anderlecht. The Belgians had led since Guillaume Gillet scored in the 11th minute.

Last season’s runners-up Dnipro scored an injury-time equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw against Lazio in Group G.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s 34th-minute effort looked to have secured victory for the Italians in Ukraine but Yevhen Seleznyov had the final word with 94 minutes on the clock.

Aritz Aduriz recorded a brace to rally Athletic Bilbao to a 3-1 win over Augsburg.

Halil Altintop put the German side ahead before Aduriz flipped the scoreline and Markel Susaeta added a third goal at the death.

Partizan Belgrade defeated AZ Alkmaar 3-2 as Aboubakar Oumarou scored twice.

The hosts took a 3-1 lead through Andrija Zivkovic in the 89th minute, an insurance goal that was sorely needed after Markus Henriksen scored for AZ in stoppage time.

Lokomotiv Moscow tops Group H after a 3-1 win at Sporting Lisbon.

Aleksandr Samedov scored twice and Baye Oumar Niasse added a third to lift the Russian side in Portugal, with Fredy Montero scoring for the hosts.

Besiktas also won away from home as Jose Sosa’s goal gave them a 1-0 win at Skenderbeu.

Group A

Ajax 2 – 2 Celtic

Fenerbahce 1 – 3 Molde

Group B

Bordeaux 1 – 1Liverpool

Sion 2 – 1Rubin Kazan

Group C

Borussia Dortmund 2 – 1FC Krasnodar

FK Qabala 0 – 0PAOK Thessaloniki FC

Group D

FC Midtjylland 1 – 0 Legia Warszawa

SSC Napoli 5 – 0 Club Brugge

Group E

Rapid Wien 2 – 1 Villarreal

Viktoria Plzen 2 – 0 Dinamo Minsk

Group F

FC Groningen 0 – 3 Marseille

Liberec 0 – 1 Braga

Group G

Dnipro 1 – 1 Lazio

Saint-Etienne 2 – 2 Rosenborg

Group H

Skenderbeu 0 – 1 Besiktas

Sporting CP 1 – 3 Lokomotiv Moscow

Group I

Fiorentina 1 – 2 Basel

Lech Poznan 0 – 0 Belenenses

Group J

Anderlecht 1 – 1 Monaco

Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Qarabag FK

Group K

APOEL Nicosia 0 – 3 Schalke 04

Asteras Tripolis 1 – 1 Sparta Prague

Group L

Athletic Bilbao 3 – 1 Augsburg

Partizan Beograd 3 – 2 AZ Alkmaar