50-----------count 'em, folks------50 games were played on Thursday as the opening round of Europa League qualifying commenced.
At Netanya, Israel:
Yonatan Cohen (27') and Eli Dasa (64') each scored once as Maccabi Tel Aviv blanked visiting KF Tirana 2-0 in the opening contest of their two-game series.
At Lucani, Serbia:
Adrian Scarlatache scored twice (23', 41') as Inter Baku knocked off Mladost Lucani 3-0 on the road in their series opener.
At Gyumri, Armenia:
Rifec Kapic scored twice (15', 69') as ND Gorica of Slovenia blanked Shirak 2-0 on the road in the opening match of their two-game series.
At Sturmica, Macedonia:
Marjan Radeski scored twice (11', 76') as Shkendija defeated visiting Dacia Chisinau 3-0 in the opening match of their two-game series
At Trencin, Slovakia:
Trencin, with Antonio Mance scoring twice (36', 39'), sank visiting Torpedo Kutaisi 5-1 in game one.
At Almaty, Kazakhstan:
Gerard Gohou (21', PK-50'), Andrey Arshavn (PK-26', 42'), and Ivo Ilicevic (30', 73') each scored twice as Kairat destroyed visiting Atlantas 6-0 in the opening contest of their two-game series.
At Tblisi, Georgia:
Louis Ngwat-Mahop's goal in the fourth minute held up as Rheindord Altach knocked off Chikura Sachkhere 1-0 on the road in the opening contest of their two-game series.
At Baku, Azerbaijan:
Richard Gadze (22') and Kervens Belfort (80') each scored once as Zira blanked visiting Differdange 03 by a series-opening score of 2-0.
At Sofia, Bulgaria:
Junior Mapuku scored twice (1', 21') as Levski Sofia defeated visiting Sutjeska Niksic 3-1 in game one.
At Poznan, Poland:
Mario Situm scored twice (30', 57') as Lech Poznan opened their series with Pelister with a 4-0 home fist-beating of the Macedonian club.
At Petah Tikva, Israel:
Idan Vered (90'+1) and Erik Sabo (90'+2) each scored a goal during second-half stoppage-time as Beirut Jerusalem came back from a 3-1 deficit to upend visiting Vasas 4-3 in the opening game of their two-game series.
At Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg:
Samir Hadji scored the winning goal in the 80th minute as Fola Esch held off visiting Milsami Orhei 2-1 in the opening game of their series.
At Novi Sad, Serbia:
Filip Malbasic scored twice (8', 21') as Vojvodina held off visiting Ruzomberok 2-1 the opening game of their series. Erik Daniel's road goal in the 81st minute may still be proven valuable to the Slovakian club.
At Pavlodar, Kazakhstan:
Igor Bugaiov scored the only goal of Irtysh Pavlodar's series-opening 1-0 home win over Dunav Ruse in the fifth minute.
At Podgorica, Montenegro:
Milan Djurisic delivered a successfully-converted penalty kick in the 57th minute to lift Mladost Podgorica to a series-opening 1-0 win over visiting Gandzasar Kapan.
At Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Ivan Krstanovic scored twice (PK-37', 45'+1) as NK Siroki Brijeg blanked visiting Ordabasy 2-0 in their series opener.
At Tirana, Albania:
Omar Kossoko scored twice (27', 88') as Bulgaria's Botev Plovdiv knocked off Partizani Tirana 2-1 in the opening match of their two-game series.
At Yerevan, Armenia:
Filip Holosko scored twice (22', 68') as Slovan Bratislava posted a series-opening 4-1 road domination of FC Pyunik.
At Kutaisi, Georgia:
Cillian Sheridan scored the only goal of the match as Jagiellonia Bialystok posted a series-opening 1-0 road victory over Dinamo Batumi.
At Felcsut, Hungary:
Marko Scepovic (79') and Danko Lazovic (90'+4) each scored once as Videoton opened their series by blanking visiting Balzan of Malta 2-0.
At Belgrade, Serbia:
Richmond Boakye scored twice (PK-45'+5, 89') as Red Star Belgrade dominated visiting Floriana 3-0 in their series opener.
At Andorra la Vella, Andorra:
Benedik Mioc (80') and Andrej Lukic (90'+6) each scored once in the final minutes as Osijek blanked UE Santa Coloma 2-0 on the road in the opening match of their two-game series.
At Serravalle, San Marino:
Dean Mitrev's goal in the 90th minute carried FK Rabotnicki to a series-opening 1-0 road win over Tre Penne.
At Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Zeljeznicar Sarajevo, thanks to Ivan Lendric's goal in the 48th minute defeated visiting Zeta 1-0 in game one of their two-match series.
At Faro-Loule, Portugal:
Kevin Lafrance scored twice (64', 72') as AEL Limassol all but punched their ticket for the second round of Europa League qualifying after their series-opening 4-0 road demolition of St. Joseph's of Gibraltar.
At Paola, Malta:
Steve Borg (42') and Maximiliano Velasco (48') each delivered a goal as Valletta blanked visiting Folgore 2-0 in the opening match of their two-game series.
At Chisinau, Moldova:
Ruben Marcelo Gomez scored the winning goal in the 33rd minute as Zaria Balti held off visiting FK Sarajevo 2-1 in match one.
At Glasgow, Scotland:
Kenny Miller delivered the game's lone goal in the 37th minute as Rangers took the opening match of their series with Luxembourg's Progres Niederkorn 1-0 at home.
At Larnaca, Cyprus:
Florian Taulemesse (22', 68') and Joan Tomas Campasol (52', 65) each scored twice as AEK Larnaca destroyed visiting Lincoln Red Imps 5-0 in the opening game of their two-match series.
At Korce, Albania:
Liridon Latifi produced the only goal of Skenderbeu Korce's series-opening 1-0 road win over Sant Julia in the 69th minute.
At Venspils, Latvia:
Iceland's Valur held hosts Ventspils to a series-opening 0-0 stalemate.
At Rhyl, Wales:
Maurice Brunner scored the game winner in the 29th minute as FC Vaduz knocked off Bala Town 2-1 on the road in their series opener.
At Celje, Slovenia:
Jan Repas (77') and Zan Zuzek (90') each scored once as Domzale blanked visiting FC Flora Tallinn 2-0 in their series opener.
At Herning, Denmark:
Simon Kroon scored twice (59', 61') as FC Midtjylland crushed visiting Derry City 6-1 in match one of their two-game series.
At Haugesund, Norway:
Sondre Tronstad led off the scoring in the eighth minute as Haugesund found themselves all but advancing to the second qualifying round after their series-opening 7-0 annihilation of visiting Coleraine.
At Perth, Scotland:
Vaidotas Silenas scored the winning goal in the 36th minute as Lithuania's FK Trakai defeated St. Johnstone 2-1 on the road in their series opener.
At Vaasa, Finland:
Joonas Vahtera scored the game's long goal in the 12th minute as VPS took the opening game of their series with Olimpija Ljubljana 1-0 at home.
At Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Michael Carvill scored the game-winning goal in the 35th minute as Crusaders FC defeated visiting FK Liepaja 3-1 in match one.
At Minsk, Belarus:
Yuri Ostroukh (42') and Oleksandr Noyok (52') each scored once as FC Dinamo Minsk held off visiting NSI 2-1 in match one. Petur Knudsen's goal in the 86th minute kept the Faroese club's series chances alive.
At Gardabaer, Iceland:
Gary Shaw delivered the only goal of the match in the 38th as Ireland's Shamrock Rovers took the opening match of their series with Stjarnan 1-0 on the road.
At Skien, Norway:
Odds BK, thanks to goals courtesy of Stefan Mladenovic (1'), Martin Broberg (53'), and Sigurd Haugen (90'+2), dominated visiting Ballymena United 3-0 in game one of their series.
At Bangor, Wales:
Nathan Woolfe scored the only goal of the match in the 40th minute as Connah's Quay Nomads defeated visiting HJK Helsinki 1-0 in their series opener.
At Tallinn, Estonia:
Artjom Dmitrijev scored the winning goal in the 79th minute as Nomme Kalju took their series-opener with visiting B36 Torshavn 2-1.
At Budapest, Hungary:
Roland Varga scored twice (10', 69') as Ferencvaros blanked visiting Jelgava 2-0 in their series opener.
At Norrkoping, Sweden:
Karl Holmberg scored twice (31', 40') as IFK Norrkoping scored all their goals in the first half en route to a series-opening 5-0 home frontier-styled fist-beating of visiting Prishtina 5-0, ruining the first-ever contest in Europa League qualifying for a club from Kosovo.
At Salihorsk, Belarus:
Suduva Marijampole from Lithuania held hosts Shakhtyor Soligorsk to a series-opening 0-0 deadlock.
At Reykjavik, Ireland:
KR Reykjavik battle visiting SJK to a series-opening 0-0 draw.
At Pamu, Estonia:
Garry Buckley (43') and Steven Beattie (82') delivered the goals for Cork City as the Irish club blanked Levadia Tallinn 2-0 on the road in their series opener.
At Lyngby, Denmark:
Bror Blume scored the only goal of Lyngby's series-opening 1-0 home win over Bangor City in the 13th minute.
At Torshavn, Faroe Islands:
Nothing but goose eggs in game one as KI and visiting AIK Solna battled to a 0-0 stalemate.