ICYMI: Europa League Round Up: AC Milan And Real Sociedad Win Big, Atalanta Thrashed Everton
Andre Silva scored a hat-trick as AC Milan began their Europa League campaign by thrashing Austria Vienna.
Silva was signed from Porto for £34m by Milan, who are competing in Europe for the first time in four years.
The Portugal star scored his first goal in the 10th minute just after Hakan Calhanoglu had already put Vincenzo Montella’s men in front.
Defender Alexandar Borkovic powerfully headed in from a corner for Vienna.
Turkish midfielder Calhanoglu – bought for £22m from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen – ran the game for Vincenzo Montella’s side, providing two assists in addition to his goal.
Milan host Udinese in Serie A on Sunday, after being thrashed 4-1 by Lazio in their last domestic outing.
AEK Athens also got their Group D campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 success in Rijeka, goals from Petros Mantalos and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos sandwiching a Josip Elez strike.
Everton endured a torrid start to their Europa League campaign as Atalanta inflicted a demoralising 3-0 defeat on Thursday.
The Serie A club had not played European football in 26 years but made up for lost time as Andrea Masiello, Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante fired them into a three-goal half-time lead.
And there was no way back for the Toffees in their Group E opener as they were outran and outmuscled in every department by their hungrier opponents.
French side Lyon drew 1-1 against Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol.
Former Norwich and Hull striker Dieumerci Mbokani was on the scoresheet for Dynamo Kiev as they defeated Albanian side Skenderbeu 3-1.
Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League play-off round, lost 2-1 at home to Braga.
In the other game in Group C, Ludogorets held Istanbul Basaksehir to a goalless draw in the Turkish capital.
Russian club Zenit St-Petersburg beat Varda 5-0 in Macedonia.
Italian club Lazio came from behind twice to beat Vitesse 3-2 in the Netherlands.
Real Sociedad defeated Rosenborg 4-0 with two from Diego Llorente and a further strike from David Zurutuza and a Jorgen Skjelvik own goal.
Meanwhile, Villarreal were forced to work to overcome Kazakhstan’sAstana 3-1 in Group A.
Slavia Prague joined Villarreal at the top of Group A after Tomas Necid’s 12th-minute strike was enough to see them past Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Czech capital.
Young Boys and Partizan Belgrade battled out a 1-1 draw in Switzerland, Marko Jankovic’s early goal for the visitors quickly cancelled out by Christian Fassnacht.
Lazio came from behind to win 3-2 at Vitesse Arnhem in Group K to complete a perfect night for three Serie A teams. Ciro Immobile scored their second goal, taking his tally for the season to seven in five games in all competitions.
In the group’s other game, Nice thumped Zulte-Waregem 5-1 in Belgium.
Steaua Bucharest made a promising start in Group G with Constantin Budescu scoring twice and Denis Alibec getting the third in a 3-0 home win over Viktoria Plzen, while in the same group Hapoel Be’er Sheva beatLugano 2-1, Dan Einbinder and a Sher Tzedek penalty enough despite a late Tzedek own goal.
Alexis Sanchez’s fine strike helped Arsenal to a 3-1 win over Cologne in Thursday night’s Europa League Group H tie, after the match was delayed by an hour for crowd safety reasons.
In Belgrade, Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov drew 1-1 in the other Group H game.
Adil Rami scored the only goal as Marseille beat Konyaspor 1-0 in Group I, while Vitoria Guimaraes drew 1-1 with Salzburg, Pedrao’s opener cancelled out by Valon Berisha on the stroke of half-time.
Athletic Bilbao drew 0-0 at Hertha Berlin in Group J while Oestersundswon 2-0 at Zorya.
Both games in Group F finished goalless, Zlin and Sheriff drawing a blank in Olomouc and Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Moscow doing the same in Denmark.