The third round of Europa League qualifying commenced on Thursday with 29 games.
At Zagreb, Croatia:
Vorskla Poltava gained a series-opening 0-0 road stalemate with Lokomotiva Zagreb.
At Sainte-Etienne, France:
The opening contest between Saint-Etienne and visiting AEK Athens ended in a 0-0 draw.
At Larnaca, Cyprus:
Andre Alves' goal in the 65th minute enabled AEK Larnaca to salvage a series-opening 1-1 draw with visiting Spartak Moscow. Jano Ananidze scored for the Russian club in the 38th minute.
At Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Romania:
Nosa Emanuel Igiebor scored the winning goal in the 49th minute as Maccabi Tel Aviv knocked off Pandurii Targu Jiu 3-1 on the road in game one.
At Novi Sad, Serbia:
Evgen Budnik's equalizer in the 83rd minute carried Dinamo Minsk to a series-opening 1-1 road draw with Vojvodina. Sinia Babic scored for the Serbian club in the 29th minute.
At Lubin, Poland:
Marc Dal Hende scored the winning goal in the 36th minute as SonderjyskE knocked off Zaglebie Lubin 2-1 on the road in the opening contest of their two-game series.
At Lucerne, Switzerland:
Domenico Berardi's own goal (42') could prove costly in the end as it allowed Sassuolo to gain a series-opening 1-1 road draw with FC Lucerne. Marco Schneuwly scored for the hosts in the eighth minute.
At Prague, Czech Republic:
Rio Ave held hosts Slavia Prague to a series-opening 0-0 deadlock.
At Paola, Malta:
Andreas Granqvist (45'+1), Fyodor Smolov (PK-75'), and Ricardo Laborde (89') each produced a goal as FC Krasnodar will head back to Russia with a decided advantage after their 3-0 series-opening road domination of Birkirkara.
At Alkmaar, Netherlands:
Derrick Luckassen's goal in the 36th minute staked AZ Alkmaar to a 1-0 game-one home victory over PAS Giannini.
At Riga, Latvia:
Vitalijs Smirnovs' equalizer at 70 minutes enabled Jelgava to salvage a series-opening 1-1 draw with visiting Beitar Jerusalem. Idan Vered scored for the Israeli club in the 25th minute.
At Vienna, Austria:
Robert Tambe scored the lone goal of Spartak Trnava's series-opening 1-0 triumph at Austria Vienna's expense in the 46th minute.
At Athens, Greece:
Rodrigo Moledo scored the only goal of the match in the 79th minute as Panathinaikos defeated visiting AIK Solna 1-0 in their series-opening match.
At Ankara, Turkey:
Osmanlispor, with Tiago Pinto's goal in the 74th minute making the difference, defeated visiting Nomme Kalju 1-0 in game one.
At Aberdeen, Scotland:
Jonathan Hayes' equalizer in the 88th minute lifted Aberdeen to a series-opening 1-1 home draw with NK Maribor. Milivoje Novakovic scored in the 83rd minute for the Slovenian club.
At Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France:
Ryan Mendes' goal in the 47th minute carried LOSC Lille-Metropole to a 1-1 game-one home draw with Gabala. Vitaliy Vernydub scored for the Azerbaijani club in the 13th minute.
At Oleksandria, Ukraine:
With second-half goals courtesy of Marko Cosic (53'), Ante Erceg (82'), and Franck Ohandza (90'), Hajduk Split found themselves with one foot in the playoff round following their series-opening 3-0 road domination of FC Oleksandriya.
Vedad Ibisevic scored the lone goal of the game in the 28th minute as Hertha Berlin took game one of their series 1-0 over visiting Brondby.
At Istanbul, Turkey:
Istanbul Basaksehir and visiting Rijeka battled to a series-opening 0-0 stalemate.
At Almelo, Netherlands:
Gege's second-half stoppage-time equalizer (90'+1) lifted Arouca to a series-opening 1-1 road draw with Heracles Almelo. Paul Gladon scored for the hosts at 53 minutes.
At Zhodina, Belarus:
Rapid Vienna gained a series-opening 0-0 road stalemate with Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino.
At Genk, Belgium:
Leon Bailey scored the only goal of KRC Genk's series-opening 1-0 victory over visiting Cork City in the 31st minute.
At Skopje, Macedonia:
Stenio Junior (69') and Ferhan Hasani (75') provided the goal power in Shkendija's series-opening 2-0 victory over visiting Mlada Boleslav.
At Ljubljana, Slovenia:
Matic Crnic scored twice (PK-11', 49') as Domzale defeated visiting West Ham United 2-1 in game one. Mark Noble's successful penalty kick in the 18th minute kept the Hammers alive in the series.
At Felcsut, Hungary:
Filip Novak's goal in the 55th minute lifted FC Midtjylland to a series-opening 1-0 road victory at Videoton's expense.
At Gothenburg, Sweden:
Alfredo Morelos scored the winning goal in the 75th minute as HJK Helsinki knocked off IFK Gothenburg 2-1 on the road in match one of their two-game series.
At Maria Enzerdorf, Austria:
Egan Vuch scored twice (12', 69') as Slovan Liberec knocked off Admira Wacker Modling 2-1 on the road in the opening match of their two-game series.
At Ghent, Belgium:
Kalifa Coulibaly scored twice (37', 50') as KAA Gent destroyed visiting Viitorul Constanta of Romania 5-0 on the opening contest of their two-game series, which has all but placed the Belgian club in the playoff round with a Europa League group-stage berth at stake.
At St. Gallen, Switzerland:
Haris Tabakovic (10') and Numa Lavanchy (90'+3) each scored once as Grasshoppers took the opening contest of their series with Apollon Limasol 2-1. Just three days after his 30th birthday, Abraham Guie Gneki scored in the 76th minute to keep the visiting Cypriot club alive in the series.