Thursday, August 18, 2016

Europa League Qualifying: Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Austria Vienna, AZ, Anderlecht, Yellow Canaries Take Series Openers

The playoff round for Europa League group-stage berths reached the midway point on Thursday with 21 games.

At Astana, Kazakhstan:

Junior Kabanariga (70') and Azat Nurgaliev (80') each scored a goal in the final half hour as Astana blanked visiting FC BATE Borisov 2-0 in the opening game of their two-match series.

At Arouca, Portugal:

Seba scored the only goal of the match in the 27th minute as Olympiacos defeated FC Arouca 1-0 on the road in game one.

At Herning, Denmark:

Patrick Banggaard's own goal in the 20th minute enabled Osmanlispor to snatch a series-opening 1-0 road win over FC Midtjylland.

At Zilina, Slovakia:

Louis Schaub produced a hat trick (32', 54', 83') in Rapid Vienna's series-opening 4-0 road demolition of Trencin.

At Zagreb, Croatia:

Goals from Leon Bailey (PK-35') and Mbwana Samatta (47') enabled KRC Genk to gain a series-opening 2-2 road draw with Lokomotiva Zagreb.  Mirko Maric (PK-52') and Ivan Fiolic (59') each scored a goal that enabled the Croatian club to salvage the home draw.

At Larnaca, Cyprus:

Vladimir Coufal scored the only goal of the match as Slovan Liberec knocked off AEK Larnaca 1-0 on the road in their series opener.

At Tbilisi, Georgia:

Leo Matos (20'), Jose Angel Crespo (71'), and Facundo Pereyra (83') provided the scoring as PAOK found themselves on the cusp of advancing to the group stage after dominated Dinamo Tbilisi 3-0 on the road in match one.

At Vienna, Austria:

Alexander Grundwald (51') and Felipe Pires (53') each scored a goal two minutes apart as Austria Vienna took the opening match of their series with Rosenborg 2-1.  Tore Reginiussen's stoppage time goal (90'+1) kept the Norwegian club alive in the series.

At Novi Sad, Serbia:

Stijn Wuytens scored twice (32', 83') as AZ Alkmaar dominated game one of their series with Vojvodina 3-0 on the road.

At Baku, Azerbaijan:

Bagaliy Dabo scored twice (50', 52') as Gabala defeated visiting NK Maribor 3-1 in their series opener.

At Prague, Czech Republic:

Idrissa Sylla (49'), Lukasz Teodorczyk (60'), and Sofiane Hanni (71') produced the goals that carried RSC Anderlecht to a series-opening 3-0 road domination of Slavia Prague.

At Giurgiu, Romania:

Mark Noble's penalty kick in the 45th minute enabled West Ham United to gain a series-opening 1-1 road draw with Astra Giurgiu.  Denis Alibec salvage his home club's draw with his goal in the 83rd minute.

At Istanbul, Turkey:

Miroslav Stoch scored twice (72', 90'+2) as Fenerbahce dominated visiting Grasshoppers 3-0 in their series-opening contest.

At Athens, Greece:

Marcus Berg scored twice (45'+2, 82') as Panathinaikos dominated visiting Brondby 3-0 in game one.

At Krasnodar, Russia:

Joaozinho opened the scoring in the 18th minute with his successful penalty kick as FC Krasnodar demolished visiting Partizani Tirana 4-0 in game one of their two-match series.

At Ghent, Belgium:

Kalifa Coulibaly scored the winning goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time as KAA Gent defeated visiting Shkendija 2-1.  Thomas Matton scored in the third minute of first-half stoppage time for the hosts.  Besart Ibraimi's goal in the 10th minute kept the Macedonian club in the series.  

At Istanbul, Turkey:

Viktor Kovalenko scored the winning goal in the 41st minute as Shakhtar Donetsk knocked off Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 on the road in their series-opening contest.

At Haderslev, Denmark:

SonderjyskE and visiting Sparta Prague battled to a 0-0 series-opening stalemate.

At Reggio Emilia, Italy:

Domenico Berardi (17'), Matteo Politano (41'), and Gregoire Defrel (69') each scored once as Sassuolo dominated visiting Red Star Belgrade 3-0 in their series-opening game.

At Gothenburg, Sweden:

Mads Albaek scored the only goal of IFK Gothenburg's series-opening 1-0 home win over Qarabag in the 56th minute.

At Netanya, Israel:

Gal Alberman (9') and Ezequiel Scarione (77') each scored once for Maccabi Tel Aviv in their 2-1 series-opening win over Hajduk Split.  Said Ahmed Said scored what could still be a precious road goal for the Croatian club in the 56th minute.

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