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Europa League: Milan, Villarreal Record Big Wins; Atalanta Spank Everton

Europa League: Milan, Villarreal Record Big Wins; Atalanta Spank Everton

Two Italian teams, AC Milan and Atalanta, and one Spanish side Villarreal recorded big wins in their opening group games of the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League on Thursday night, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Atalanta who finished fourth in Serie A last season defeated English Premier League side Everton 3-0. First half goals from Andrea Masiello, Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante the Toffees the heavy defeat.
In the other Group E game, Apollon Limassol scored a 93rd minute to hold Lyon to a 1-1. The result means that Atalanta lead the group.
In Austria, Turkish playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu was inspirational for AC Milan who spanked Austria Vienna 5-1 away from home in group D.
Andre Silva scored a hat-trick as Milan while goals from Calhanoglu and Fernández Saez completed the rout.
The Rossoneri are unbeaten in the competition this season while Austria Vienna are without a win at home in their last six UEFA Europa games.
In another game in Group D, Rijeka lost 2-1 at home to AEK Athens.
Group F  saw FC Koebenhavn play out a goalless draw at home to Lokomotiv Moscow while Ubong Ekpai’s Zlin were also held to a 0 – 0  by FC Sheriff.
In Group B Dynamo Kyiv were 3-1 winners over Skenderbeu while Young Boys from Switzerland played out a 1-1 draw with Partizan Belgrade.
Villarreal kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 win over FC Astana while Slavia Prague edged  Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0.
Group see also recorded one win on matchday 1 with SC Braga earning a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim from Germany and Istanbul Basaksehir from Turkey were held to a goalless draw by Ludogorets Razgrad.
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