Aubameyang rescues crisis-hit Marseille as Liverpool, West Ham win in Europa League

In a gathering of two former European champions in disaster, Ajax and Marseille drew 3-3 in “a crazy game” whereas Liverpool and West Ham had been additionally winners Thursday within the opening spherical of Europa League group video games.

Europa League - Group B - Ajax Amsterdam v Olympique de Marseille -Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their third goal(REUTERS)
Europa League – Group B – Ajax Amsterdam v Olympique de Marseille -Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their third purpose(REUTERS)

Liverpool fell behind for the fourth time in 5 matches this season however fought again to beat LASK 3-1 in Linz to make Jurgen Klopp the primary coach to win 50 European video games on the Merseyside membership.

West Ham, who gained the Conference League final season, additionally hit again to beat visiting Serbian membership TSC Backa Topola 3-1

Brighton, making their European debut within the Europa League, and Aston Villa returning to Europe, after 12 years, within the Conference League, each fell behind early and though they every equalised twice, misplaced 3-2.

In Amsterdam, Ajax, who’ve gained simply two video games all season and sit twelfth within the Dutch league met Marseille who’re third in Ligue 1.

However, after a gathering between Marseille fan representatives and the membership’s hierarchy reportedly turned nasty, coach Marcelino, solely appointed in June, resigned on Tuesday after simply seven video games in cost.

On Thursday, each groups tore into the sport.

Ajax carved open the visiting defence within the first 20 minutes and took a two-goal lead with objectives by Carlos Borges and Steven Berghuis.

“I knew the players would get back into the game and we’d score the goal that would set us free. It was a crazy game, but I also think we were in control,” mentioned interim Marseille coach Jacques Abardonado.

Jonathan Clauss and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit again earlier than half time.

‘It could have been 6-6’

As either side peppered the opposing objectives, Kenneth Taylor restored the house edge however Aubameyang levelled once more with 12 minutes left. Marseille completed with 25 makes an attempt on purpose.

“It could have been 6-6,” mentioned Ajax coach Maurice Steijn. “I don’t want to talk about a crisis, I saw a great match in a full stadium.”

In Brighton, Djibril Sidibe put AEK forward with a bullet header from 13 yards.

Brighton twice levelled with Joao Pedro penalties. AEK twice regained the lead when sudden deflections within the rain opened up possibilities. Mijat Gacinovic buried one and Ezequiel Ponce tucked house the winner.

“We can improve but it’s difficult to accept this defeat,” mentioned Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi. “I can’t be happy when we win at Old Trafford and sad today with a good performance.”

“We didn’t show as much experience as AEK Athens.”

Liverpool, taking part in within the Europa League for the primary time since ending runners-up in 2016, modified their complete beginning 11 away to LASK.

They fell behind to a 14th-minute rocket from Florian Flecker.

Darwin Nunez levelled with a Fifty fifth-minute penalty kick after Luis Diaz was introduced down.

After 61 minutes, Klopp began to interchange youngsters with common starters.

Within two minutes they had been forward when Ryan Gravenberch, on his full debut, burst down the suitable and crossed low for Diaz to attain from shut vary.

Two minutes from the tip Mohamed Salah, a second-half substitute, poked house a 3rd.

“I’m really, really happy, because I said before, I knew it would be difficult and it was difficult,” mentioned Klopp.

“A well-deserved win in the end, and that’s it.”

Elsewhere within the Europa League, Romelu Lukaku earned final 12 months’s overwhelmed finalists Roma a 2-1 victory at Sheriff in Moldova.

Abdallah Sima scored the one purpose as Rangers beat Real Betis 1-0 in Glasgow.

Bayer Leverkusen crushed Swedes Hacken 4-0, Rennes cruised previous Maccabi Haifa 3-0 in France, Spaniards Villarreal misplaced 2-0 to Panathinakos in Greece.

In the Conference League, Aston Villa fell behind within the third minute to Legia Warsaw and regardless of equalising twice misplaced 3-2.

“We have to be demanding of ourselves to impose the game plan, but we didn’t do it,” mentioned Villa boss Unai Emery, three time winner of the Europa League.

“I like demanding games that are a challenge and not easy. Now these will be the types of matches we will face in the group.”

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