First qualifying round first leg ties of Europa League has just started with some stunning results. The spotlight of this round is on Brondby which devastated Juvenes/Dogana of San Marino with 9-0. Among the nine goals suffered by San Marino side, four of them were scored by two Brondby players. Johan Elmander opened the scoring party of the Swedish side in the sixth minute but he could only score another one in the first half. In the second period, Elbasan Rashani who entered the pitch as a substitute scored another brace to level Elmander’s goal collection in this match.
Another team of which scores close to Brondby’s is SK Slovak’s Slovan Bratislava. Bratislava which visited Europa League’s team with lowest rank, Europa FC could easily score six goals without conceding a single goal from the Gibraltarian side in the Victoria Stadium. Karol Meszaros made the first European hat-trick of the season in only 31 minutes of the game, latter on the other three goals of the Bratislava were scored by Slobodan Simovic, Samuel Stefanik and Tamas Priskin to erase the Gibraltarian side’s hope to win their first match in the Europa League.
West Ham United which just return to Europa League marked their comeback with a victory over Lusitanos of Andorra. Lusitanos which have collected 33 goals in their eight previous matches in Europa League could not score even a goal in the Hammers’ home and instead they have to concede three goals. Diafra Sakho made a brace and the Hammers’ captain James Tomkins scored the other goal in this match.
AIK managed to hold the host team Finnish VPS Vaasa with 2 – 2. The Sweden side which could not rely on their goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren who had a problem with his knee conceded two goals by Jordan Seabrook and Admir Catovic. Luckily Nabil Bahoui managed to score two goals to make the Sweden side return home with a good result.
Both Norwegian representatives in the Europa League made great success in their first match. Odds BK won 3-0 against host FC Sheriff while their neighbor Stromsgodset IF made 3-1 victory against FK Partizani. Newton AFC which just won Welsh Cup had an upperhand against Valetta with 2-1 with late goal victory at minute 91 by Jason Oswell. Two Europa League debutants managed to give a good impression against Scottish Premiership duo. Alashkert FC won 1-0 against St Johnstone and Shkendija held the visitor Aberdeen with 1-1.