Milan, Arsenal, Tottenham ... With the exception of Naples, the big teams involved in the Europa League managed to enter during this first day of the group stage on Thursday, Bayer Leverkusen offering themselves the card of the evening against at OGC Nice (6-2).
In Glasgow, after qualifying painfully, AC Milan did not need captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic to force his talent to take the measure of Celtic.
Stefano Pioli's men beat the Scottish club, eliminated from the Champions League in the preliminary round 3-1, thanks to goals from Krunic (14th), Brahim Diaz (42nd) and Hauge (90th), despite Elyounoussi's goal in second period (76th).
Milan and Lille, who will face each other on November 5 and 26, share the lead of Group H. On Thursday, the French won 4 to 1 on the pitch at Slavia Prague,
The Tottenham Spurs for their part ensured 3-0 against the Austrians of Linz: goals from Moura in the 18th, Andrade against his camp in the 27th and Son (84th).
"We play to win," warned Spurs coach José Mourinho at a press conference before this first day.
Roma beat Young Boys at home in Bern 2-1, with two second-half goals from Bruno Peres (69) and Kumbulla (74) as the Swiss opened the scoring in the 14th minute thanks to Nsame.
Same introduction and same score for Arsenal against Rapid Vienna (2-1), David Luiz and Aubameyang scoring in the 70th and 74th minute, for the victory of the English despite a first Viennese goal signed Fountas in the 51st.
For its part, Naples, 4th in Serie A, was surprised at home by the Dutch AZ Alkmaar (1-0), who won thanks to a goal from de Wit shortly before the time of Game.
Benfica Lisbon, for its part, did not miss the target by winning in Poland, 4-2 against Poznan.
Note the card from Bayer Leverkusen against OGC Nice: 6-2.
Goals signed Amiri (11), Alario (16), Diaby (61), Bellarabi (79th and 83rd) and Wirtz 87 for the Germans and Gouiri and Claude Maurice for the Niçois in the 31st and 90th minutes.
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