Europa League Round Up: Aritz Aduriz Net Five In Eight Goal Thriller

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Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz became the first player to score five goals in a Europa League game as the Spaniards thrashed Genk 5-3.

The 35-year-old Spaniard scored three times from the spot and is the first Spaniard to score five goals in a single European game since 1971.

Fabrizio Ravanelli was the last player to score five goals in a second-tier European game hitting that mark for Juventus in a Uefa Cup match against CSKA Sofia in 1994.

Sassuolo drew 2-2 at home to remain bottom of the group as all four teams are seperated by just one point.

Zenit only needed a draw but beat Irish champions Dundalk 2-1 to progress with two goals from Giuliano while Daryl Horgan was on target for the Irish side.

The other group game between Maccabi Tel-Aviv and AZ Alkmaar ended in a 0-0 draw meaning Dundalk retain second spot in the standings.

Anderlecht thrashed  Mainz 6-1 in Group C with three of their goals coming between the 89th and 94th minutes, the other game in the group between  St Etienne and Qabala ended 2-1 in favour of the French side.

There were also six goals as Roma beat Austria Vienna 4-2 with former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko scoring twice to climb to the top of Group E, with the other tie in the group ended 1-1 between Astra Giurgiu and Viktoria Plzen.

In Germany, Schalke scored two first-half goals to beat Russian side Krasnodar 2-0 and seal their place in the last 32. to secure a place in the knockout stage as Group H winners while Salzburg saw off Nice 2-0 to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.

Shakhtar had not conceded a goal in the competition but were behind after just 19 seconds against Gent before coming back to win 5-3 on the night while Braga beat Konyaspor 3-1 in a match which saw both sides have a player sent off.

 Ajax defeated Celta Vigo 3-2 in Amsterdam to secure qualification while Standard Liege defeated Panathinaikos

Apoel Nicosia saw off Young Boys to lead Group B after Olympiakos drew 1-1 away to FC Astana.

Fiorentina thump Slovan Liberec 3-0 to top Group J, and Qarabag secured a 1-0 win at PAOK Salonika.

Osmanlispor defeated Villarreal 2-1 at the El Madrigal to move top of Group L while Zurich and Steaua Bucurest played out a goalless draw

 

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