Liverpool FC under team manager Jürgen Klopp has made a successful start to the new Europa League season. In the first duel with Linzer ASK, the Reds won 3-1 in Austria on Thursday evening. AS Roma also started their European trip with three points, with the Italians scoring 2-1 at Sheriff Tiraspol.
Ajax Amsterdam and Olympique Marseille also drew 3-3 later in the evening. New international Pascal Groß and Brighton & Hove Albion, however, had to admit defeat 2-3 against AEK Athens.
Liverpool struggled at the start and fell behind through Florian Flecker (14th). A converted penalty from Darwin Núñez (56th) brought the English back into the game, shortly afterwards Luis Díaz (63rd) scored the opening goal. Substitute Mohamed Salah (88th) finally scored the decisive goal.
Rome had to compete against the representative from Moldova without the suspended star coach José Mourinho and struggled for a long time. Leandro Paredes rewarded the favorites with his goal just before half-time (45+4).
Cristian Tovar soon equalized for Tiraspol (57′), but Romelu Lukaku (65′) decided the game for the Romans.
Aubameyang scores twice
Ajax took an early lead against Marseille through Carlos Borges (9th) and Steven Berghuis (20th), but Jonathan Clauss (23rd) and former Dortmund player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (38th) equalized before the break. Thanks to Kenneth Taylor (52′), Amsterdam was ahead again shortly after the restart, but it was Aubameyang (78′) who scored the final score.
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Brighton kept falling behind. Djibril Sidibé (11th) and Mijat Gacinovic (40th) gave the Greeks the lead twice, which João Pedro equalized with a penalty kick (30th/67th). The decision was made shortly before the end by Ezequiel Ponce (85th).