Thursday’s Europa League round-up

Liverpool claimed the advantage in their clash with Manchester United, while Borussia Dortmund got the better of Spurs in Thursday’s Europa League action.

Liverpool got the better of old foes Manchester United at Anfield, claiming a 2-0 victory in the first leg of their all-English clash.

Former Manchester City and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge put the Reds ahead from the penalty spot in the 20th minute, before Roberto Firmino added a second 73 minutes in.

Shakhtar Donetsk claimed a comprehensive victory in their first leg against Anderlecht at Lviv Arena, claiming a 3-1 victory in front of their own fans.

Taison struck early on for the Ukrainian side with Olexandr Kucher adding a second just three minutes later to put the hosts two goals to the good at halftime.

Frank Acheampong pulled one back for the Belgians later in the second half, but Eduardo Da Silva restored Shakhtar’s two-goal cushion, which they will take with them for the second leg.

There was nothing to choose between FC Basel and Sevilla in their clash at St. Jakob-Park, with the Swiss side failing to claim an advantage on their home turf in the 0-0 draw but preventing the Spanish side from claiming a crucial away goal, meaning that there’s everything to play for in the second leg at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Spain.

Borussia Dortmund made light work of English opponents Tottenham with a 3-0 win at Signal-Iduna Park.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck on the half-hour mark to put the German side ahead before Marco Reus added a second-half brace to all but win the tie ahead of the second leg in London.

Turkish side Fenerbahce have the advantage in their clash with Sporting Braga of Portugal after Mehmet Topal struck in the 82nd minute at Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.

Villarreal were victorious in their clash with German side Bayer Leverkusen, running out 2-0 winners in the first leg at El Madrigal.

The Yellow Submarine have Congolese striker Cedric Bakambu to thank for their aggregate advantage after he put them ahead just four minutes into the match before adding a second in the 56th minute.

Athletic Bilbao claimed the win in their all-Spanish clash with Valencia at San Mame thanks to Raul Garcia’s strike after 20 minutes, meaning that the Basque side have the advantage ahead of the second leg at the Mestalla.

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