Red Bull Salzburg picked up their first win of the new UEFA Europa League campaign on Thursday in a goal-packed evening of European football...
Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 Slovan Bratislava
Red Bull Salzburg are off and running thanks to three second-half goals against Slovan Bratislava. Leonardo, who struck in both legs of the third qualifying round tie against Slovan's domestic rivals FK Senica, proved the scourge of Slovak opposition once again with a well-placed header on the hour. Gonzalo Zarate's 76th-minute strike and a late Dusan Svento volley were just reward for a dominant second-half display from Ricardo Moniz's men, who can look forward to their Group F trip to Athletic Bilbao, 2-0 winners over Paris Saint-Germain, on matchday three.
'After the break a lot more play went down the flanks and we got the goals as a result. That’s how we need to keep on playing' – coach Ricardo Moniz
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Shamrock Rovers
Shamrock Rovers' Stephen Rice said scoring the opening goal against Tottenham Hotspur was "the stuff dreams are made of", but, in the end, the unlikely proved impossible as three second-half goals from the English Premier League side saw them secure their first three points of their 2010/11 European campaign. After Rice's 51st-minute opener, Roman Pavlyuchenko levelled on the hour and Jermain Defoe put the hosts ahead 60 seconds later before Giovani Dos Santos made sure of victory at White Hart Lane.
Sporting 2-1 Lazio
10-man Sporting made it two wins from as many UEFA Europe League outings with a victory over Lazio. Ricky van Wolfswinkel set the home side on their way midway through the first half and, though Miroslav Klose equalised five minutes before the interval, former Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua restored Sporting's lead with a fine strike on half-time. The Argentinian left-back undid his good work when he received his marching orders five minutes after the interval, but, despite mounting Lazio pressure, Domingos Paciencia's men held on.
Other notable results saw Celtic draw 1-1 with Udinese in Group I and Fulham, with goals in each half from Andrew Johnson, defeat Danes Odense, in Group K.