Europa League: Everton stroll past AEK Athens; Fulham draw in Sofia; Celtic lose in Israel

Everton 4 – AEK Athens 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Everton hit AEK Athens with two set pieces in the first twenty minutes. First Joseph Yobo headed in at the back post and then fellow central defender Sylvain Distin scored his first goal for the club. Steven Pienaar added the third with a long range effort before the break. Jo completed the win eight minutes from time.

CSKA Sofia 1 – Fulham 1 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The awesomely named Michel Platini put the home side ahead, Diomansy Kamara rounded the keeper and equalised four minutes later for an understrength Fulham side.

Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 – Celtic 1 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Georgios Samaras put Celtic in front with a fine finish. But the home side came roaring back late on, Nemanja Vucicevic fired home after Boruc had kicked out a cross and two minutes from time Maharan Lala sent Bloomfield wild with the winner.

Basel 2 – Roma 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) An early goal from Carlitos and a late goal from Federico Almerares sent the Italian side to defeat.

Panathinaikos 1 – Galatasaray 3 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Elano was presented with an easy opener to continue his good start to life in Turkey. Milan Baros slid home the second after the break and Elano claimed the third with a low free-kick that crept into the corner. Dimitris Salpigidis pulled one back for Pana.

Heerenveen 2 – Sporting Lisbon 3 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gerald Sibon headed the home side into an early lead. Only for Liedson to equalise five minutes later. (First two goals here.) Five minutes before the break Liedson claimed his second and when Heerenveen thought they had claimed a point thanks to a terrific free-kick from Michael Dingsdag, Liedson popped up again in the 88th minute to seal the win and his hat-trick.

Genoa 2 – Slavia Prague 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) A measured free-kick from Alberto Zapater gave Genoa a fourth minute lead, the win was sealed by a close range volley from Giuseppe Sculli.

Rapid Vienna 3 – Hamburg 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) After seeing off Aston Villa in the final qualifying round, Rapid Vienna added another high profile European scalp thanks to goals from Steffen Hoffman, Nikica Jelavic and Christopher Drazan.

Lazio 1 – RB Salzburg 2 (Europa League, September 17, 2009)

Hertha Berlin 1 – Ventspils 1 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Lukasz Piszczek put the home side in front just after the half hour, Edgars Gauracs equalised three minutes after the break.

Benfica 2 – BATE Borisov 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) First half goals from Nuno Gomes and Oscar Cardozo sealed a comfortable win.

Villareal 1 – Levski Sofia 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Ariel Miguel Ibaganza claimed the only goal of the match in the 72nd minute.

Fenerbahce 1 – FC Twente 2 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Twente traveled to Turkey and came away with a 2-1 victory against Fenerbahce thanks to two goals in the final 15 minutes from Swiss striker Blaise Nkufo after Mehmet Topuz’s 71st-minute free-kick.

Dinamo Zagreb 0 – Anderlecht 2 (Europa League, September 17, 2009)

Lazio 1 – RB Salzburg 2 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Austrian side Salzburg won 2-1 away to Italian club Lazio with late goals from Marc Janko and Franz Schiemer, the latter coming three minutes into time added on.

Club  Brugge 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 4 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Midfielders Oleksiy Gai, Willian and Darijo Srna put the Ukrainians 3-up at halftime. Karel Geraerts pulled one back for the home side just past the hour before Konstantyn Kravchenko’s goal wrapped up an emphatic win for Shakhtar.

Nacional 2 – Werder Bremen 3 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Last season’s beaten Uefa Cup finalists were deservedly ahead at halftime through a Torsten Frings penalty and doubled their lead thanks to Pizarro 10 minutes after the break. But goals from Felipe Lopes and Rafik Halliche looked like salvaging a point for Nacional, until Pizarro intervened five minutes from time.

Athletic Bilbao 3 – Austria Vienna 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Athletic Bilbao’s 16-year-old wonderkid Iker Muniain played a starring role as the Basques swept aside Austria Vienna 3-0. Muniain won an early penalty and capped the victory with a fine goal to add to Fernando Llorente’s brace.

Sparta Prague 2 – PSV 2 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Roman Hubnik headed Sparta in front in the 76th minute but four minutes later Brazilian forward Jonathan Reis equalised for PSV. The impressive Martin Zeman then looked to have won it with an 87th-minute strike only for 20-year-old Reis to level again from the penalty spot to secure a 2-2 draw.

Steaua Bucharest 0 – Sheriff 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009)

Ajax 0 – FC Timisoara 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009)

Sturm Graz 0 – Dinamo Bucuresti 1 (Europa League, September 17, 2009)

CFR Cluj 2 – FC Copenhagen 0 (Europa League, September 17, 2009) Cluj – who impressed in the Champions League last season – won home to Copenhagen with second half goals from Juan Culio and substitute Lacina Traore.

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