The UEFA Europa League resumed with a bang for Edin Džeko and Zlatan Ibrahimović as they both scored hat-tricks in handsome round of 32 first-leg wins for their respective sides.
- Roma and Rostov record 4-0 first-leg wins in the round of 32
- Edin Džeko scores a hat-trick in the Giallorossi’s emphatic defeat of Villarreal
- Zlatan Ibrahimović on target three times against St-Étienne at Old Trafford
- Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar takes his tally to 50 goals in UEFA club competition
- Second leg fixtures: Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February
Round of 32 first leg results
Anderlecht 2-0 Zenit
Astra 2-2 Genk
Athletic 3-2 APOEL
AZ 1-4 Lyon
Celta 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Gent 1-0 Tottenham
Hapoel Beer-Sheva 1-3 Beşiktaş
Krasnodar 1-0 Fenerbahçe
Legia 0-0 Ajax
Ludogorets 1-2 København
Manchester United 3-0 St-Étienne
Mönchengladbach 0-1 Fiorentina
Olympiacos 0-0 Osmanlıspor
PAOK 0-3 Schalke
Rostov 4-0 Sparta Praha
Villarreal 0-4 Roma
Edin Džeko and Zlatan Ibrahimović registered hat-tricks as Roma and Manchester United took giant strides towards a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 16.
So often the scourge of St-Étienne during his Ligue 1 days, United forward Ibrahimović continued his impressive record against Les Verts in the first leg of the teams’ last-32 tie. He completed his treble, sealing a 3-0 win at Old Trafford, with a late penalty in a match where Paul Pogba went head to head with his brother, left-back Florentin.
Džeko is now the leading marksman in the 2016/17 competition with eight goals, one ahead of Aritz Aduriz, who was on target in Athletic Club’s 3-2 defeat of APOEL.
Bosnia and Herzegovina striker Džeko struck three times in 22 second-half minutes at Estadio de la Cerámica, inspiring Roma to a 4-0 triumph over Villarreal. It was the seventh consecutive game in which the 30-year-old has found the net.
Rostov also ran out 4-0 victors, against Sparta Praha. Trailing 1-0, the visitors lost Tiémoko Konaté to a 32nd-minute red card. Lyon recorded a sizeable win of their own, 4-1 at AZ Alkmaar, thanks in part to an Alexandre Lacazette double.
Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, meanwhile, brought up his half-century of goals in UEFA club competition, rounding off a 3-0 success at PAOK a matter of minutes after coming off the bench.