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This Thursday, the round of 32 of the Europa League, the second European football competition, started with 16 games divided into two shifts. Among the most outstanding results were the triumphs of Inter Milan, Arsenal and Roma, while other favorites such as Manchester United or Sevilla had to settle for the tie. Next, we review the most interesting games of the day.
In one of the highlights of the day, Club Brugge forced Manchester United to settle for a 1-1 draw in the first leg played in Belgium, in which Anthony Martial managed to match the initial goal of Emmanuel Bonaventure for the team trained by Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The tie will be defined in England, as will the confrontation between Olympiakos and Arsenal, although in this case, the Spanish coach Mikel Arteta debuted in European competitions with the London team with a 0-1 victory in Greek lands thanks to the solitaire goal of Alexandre Lacazette in the last minutes.
There was also a victory for Inter Milan, which did not suffer too much to defeat Ludogorets 0-2 in Bulgaria. Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen stamped his first goal with the Italian team, while Romelu Lukaku completed the scoring in injury time. On the other hand, the five-times winner Sevilla also had to settle for the 1-1 draw against Cluj in Romania, while Ajax, another favorite and semifinalist of the last Champions League, succumbed 2-0 against Getafe, the team that unexpectedly march third in the Spanish League.
Among the British teams also highlights the win of Wolverhampton Wanderers, that trashed Espanyol 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Diogo Jota and a spectacular volley of the also Portuguese Rubén Neves, while Rangers of Scotland achieved the comeback of the night after going from a 0-2 to a 3-2 to beat Braga.
On a night in which Basel won 0-3 against APOEL, Rome took a big step towards the next stage of the competition with their 1-0 win over Gent after Carles Pérez, recent signing of the Italian club arriving from Barcelona, scored his first goal as 'giallorossi' to decide the match.
In another duel with many goals, Eintracht Frankfurt beat Salzburg 4-1 and Daichi Kamada signed a hat-trick for the semifinalists of the last edition. In addition, Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Benfica 2-1, Celtic drew 1-1 with Copenhagen thanks to the Scottish goalkeeper stopping a penalty in the final minutes, and Sporting Lisbon beat Istanbul Basaksehir 3-1.
As for the rest of the German teams in the tournament, Argentina's Lucas Alario and Kai Havertz scored in the Bayer Leverkusen victory 2-1 over Porto, twice European monarch, while Wolfsburg came back from an initial disadvantage to win 2- 1 to Malmo. The visitors took the lead by means of a penalty converted by Isaac Kiese at the start of the second half before Josip Brekalo equaled and Admir Mehmedi scored the decisive goal for the German team. All the second-leg matches of this round will take place between Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
???????? Which German team did it best tonight? ????#UEL— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) February 20, 2020
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