Zenit comeback, fastest goal, United, Inter beaten

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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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