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Zenit comeback, fastest goal, United, Inter beaten

Baku, September 16, AZERTAC.

The UEFA Europa League group stage started at lightning speed, Slovan Liberec's Jan Sykora scoring the competition's fastest ever goal just 10.69 seconds into the early kick-off, with Feyenoord, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Sassuolo, Zorya and Dundalk all registering notable results thereafter on opening night, according to the official website of UEFA. Maccabi Tel-Aviv would have joined them had it not been for Zenit's sensational second-half comeback.

Matchday one results

Qarabağ 2-2 Liberec

Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United

Zorya 1-1 Fenerbahçe

Young Boys 0-1 Olympiacos

APOEL 2-1 Astana

Mainz 1-1 St-Étienne

Anderlecht 3-1 Gabala

AZ 1-1 Dundalk

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3-4 Zenit

Plzeň 1-1 Roma

Astra 2-3 Austria Wien

Rapid Wien 3-2 Genk

Sassuolo 3-0 Athletic

Standard Liège 1-1 Celta

Panathinaikos 1-2 Ajax

Konyaspor 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Braga 1-1 Gent

Salzburg 0-1 Krasnodar

Nice 0-1 Schalke

PAOK 0-0 Fiorentina

Internazionale 0-2 Hapoel Beer-Sheva

Southampton 3-0 Sparta Praha

Osmanlıspor 2-0 Steaua

Villarreal 2-1 Zürich

Manchester United, many people's favourites to lift the trophy in Stockholm in May, began with a loss at Feyenoord but were not the only high-profile club to stumble, Inter humbled 2-0 at home by UEFA group stage debutants Beer-Sheva.

Zenit – three down with 14 minutes left – looked certain to become another major casualty but somehow snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Maccabi.

Beer-Sheva's fellow first-timers Zorya had to settle for a draw with Fenerbahçe, who equalised in added time, while Dundalk – even with ten men – came from behind to hold AZ and Sassuolo beat Athletic.

Elsewhere, Osmanlıspor coach Mustafa Reşit Akçay made it 19 UEFA club competition games without defeat courtesy of a 2-0 triumph over Steaua.

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