Zenit comeback, fastest goal, United, Inter beaten

The UEFA Europa League group stage started at lightning speed, Slovan Liberec’s Jan Sýkora scoring the competition’s fastest ever goal just 10.69 seconds into the early kick-off, with Feyenoord, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Sassuolo, Zorya and Dundalk all registering notable results thereafter on opening night. Maccabi Tel-Aviv would have joined them had it not been for Zenit’s sensational second-half comeback.

Matchday one results
Qarabağ 2-2 Liberec
Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United
Zorya 1-1 Fenerbahçe
Young Boys 0-1 Olympiacos
APOEL 2-1 Astana
Mainz 1-1 St-Étienne
Anderlecht 3-1 Gabala
AZ 1-1 Dundalk
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3-4 Zenit
Plzeň 1-1 Roma
Astra 2-3 Austria Wien
Rapid Wien 3-2 Genk
Sassuolo 3-0 Athletic
Standard Liège 1-1 Celta

Panathinaikos 1-2 Ajax

Konyaspor 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Braga 1-1 Gent
Salzburg 0-1 Krasnodar
Nice 0-1 Schalke
PAOK 0-0 Fiorentina
Internazionale 0-2 Hapoel Beer-Sheva
Southampton 3-0 Sparta Praha
Osmanlıspor 2-0 Steaua
Villarreal 2-1 Zürich

Manchester United, many people’s favourites to lift the trophy in Stockholm in May, began with a loss at Feyenoord but were not the only high-profile club to stumble, Inter humbled 2-0 at home by UEFA group stage debutants Beer-Sheva.

Luka Djordjević (Zenit)Zenit won in sensational fashion against Maccabi©AFP/Getty Images

Zenit – three down with 14 minutes left – looked certain to become another major casualty but somehow snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Maccabi.

Beer-Sheva’s fellow first-timers Zorya had to settle for a draw with Fenerbahçe, who equalised in added time, while Dundalk – even with ten men – came from behind to hold AZ and Sassuolo beat Athletic.

Elsewhere, Osmanlıspor coach Mustafa Reşit Akçay made it 19 UEFA club competition games without defeat courtesy of a 2-0 triumph over Steaua.

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