The Europa League group stage started on Thursday night, with three Premier League sides beginning their bids to win Europe’s secondary club competition.
Arsenal had a tough assignment, taking on last season’s semi finalists Eintracht Frankfurt, while Wolves and Manchester United entertained Braga and Astana respectively.
With all that said, here’s a rundown on how the British clubs got on in their first group stage games of the campaign.
Celtic had hoped to play Champions League football this season, but failure in the qualifiers ensured it was Thursday nights they would have to keep free for the 2019/20 term.
The Bhoys were made to work for their point against Rennes, however, as Ryan Christie netted a second half penalty after former Milan and Watford striker M’Baye Niang had given the hosts the lead.
Somewhat incredibly, Celtic substitute Vakoun Issouf Bayo managed to get himself sent off just seven minutes after his introduction, picking up two quick yellow cards to earn his marching orders in stoppage time. Eesh.
Cluj, coincidentally Celtic’s conquerors in the qualifying stages of the Champions League, scored a big 2-1 W over Serie A side Lazio, who fielded star names like
In the other game in the group, Standard Liege pipped Vitoria 2-0.
Rangers fans were probably cursing their luck when James Tavernier missed a penalty in the tenth minute.
However, Sheyi Ojo smacked in a thunderbolt shortly after to put the Gers ahead. That goal proved to be the difference, the game ending 1-0.
There was a fair bit of added time in the group’s other game between Porto and Young Boys, but the former eventually secured a 2-1 victory.
Wolves, who have disappointed so far in the Premier League this season, hosted Primeira Liga side Braga on Thursday night.
Things went from bad to worse when Ricardo Horta gave the visitors the lead in the 71st minute, finishing off a swift counter attack following Ryan Bennett’s sloppy pass. Wolves couldn’t muster up an equaliser.
Slovan Bratislava smacked Besiktas 4-2 in the other game.
Manchester United made their fans wait until the 73rd minute before opening the scoring, but it must have been worth the wait to see one of their young guns steal the show.
Mason Greenwood netted his first senior goal for the club, squeezing one in from a tight angle to break the deadlock, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer another 1-0 triumph following their similar success against Leicester at the weekend.
In the other game in the group, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar played out a feisty 2-2 draw, Bribas Natcho netting twice for Belgrade.
A full roundup of Thursday night’s results can be found below.
|Qarabag 0-3 Sevilla|
|APOEL Nicosia 3-4 F91 Dudelange|
|Copenhagen 1-0 FC Lugano|
|Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 Malmoe FF|
|Getafe 1-0 Trabzonspor|
|Basel 5-0 Krasnodar|
|PSV Eindhoven 3-2 Sporting CP|
|LASK 1-0 Rosenborg|
|Cluj 2-1 Lazio|
|Rennes 1-1 Celtic|
|Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal|
|Standard Liege 2-0 Vitoria|
|Porto 2-1 Young Boys|
|Rangers 1-0 Feyenoord|
|Espanyol 1-1 Ferencvaros|
|Ludogorets 5- 1 CSKA Moscow|
|Gent 3-2 Saint Etienne|
|Wolfsburg 3-1 FC Olexandria|
|Roma 4-0 Istanbul Basaksehir|
|Borussia Monchengladbach 0-4 Wolfsberger AC|
|Wolves 0-1 Braga|
|Slovan Bratislava 4-2 Besiktas|
|Manchester United 1-0 Astana|
|Partizan Belgrade 2-2 AZ Alkmaar|