Everton and Liverpool won their Europa League round-of-32 clashes with relative ease on Thursday, while Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic only managed draws at home and face a real battle to advance to the next round in one week.
The Toffees beat Young Boys 4-1 in Switzerland and the Reds recorded a 1-0 win over Slaven Bilic's Besiktas, but Celtic needed a late goal to secure a 3-3 draw against Inter Milan, while Spurs were held by Fiorentina, 1-1.
Here are the full results for the first legs of the 2015 Europa League's round of 32:
|Europa League Results: Round of 32, First Leg|
|PSV Eindhoven||0-1||Zenit St. Petersburg|
Mario Balotelli came off the bench to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over Besiktas, and while the clean sheet is a positive sign, the Reds dominated the Turks and should have been able to give themselves more than a single-goal buffer.
As shared by Squawka, Balotelli seems to favour the European competitions quite a bit:
Tottenham played out a 1-1 draw against Fiorentina, a fair result based on both teams' performances. Spurs dominated the opening 30 minutes before the Italians restored balance, and the better chances late were certainly for the Viola.
Roberto Soldado opened the scoring just minutes into the contest, prompting social media to go crazy. Paddy Power joined in on the action:
Everton recorded a big 4-1 win over Young Boys in one of the early kickoffs, all but ensuring they'll progress to the next round. Belgium international Romelu Lukaku bagged himself a hat-trick, putting together a fantastic performance, via Squawka:
The Toffees dominated the match from start to finish and deservedly walked away with the win, with the only downside to Thursday's match being the red card and subsequent suspension for John Stones.
As shared by the club's official Twitter feed, manager Roberto Mancini was proud of what his team accomplished on Thursday:
AS Roma only managed a 1-1 draw against Feyenoord in a highly entertaining contest the Giallorossi dominated for most of the night. Gervinho opened the scoring midway through the first half, but the Italians failed to build on their lead and will now have to overcome the away goal they conceded in Rotterdam.
Bas Dost has arguably been the most in-form striker of 2015 so far, and he added two more goals to his impressive collection in Wolfsburg's 2-0 win over Sporting CP.
Per the club's official Twitter feed, the Dutchman can do no wrong of late:
Napoli recorded a simple 4-0 win over Trabzonspor, who will need a miracle to qualify for the next round when they travel to Italy.
Celtic and Inter Milan played out a fantastic 3-3 draw, with John Guidetti saving the hosts with a late goal, setting up a fantastic scenario for the return leg at the San Siro.
The first half was a spectacle unlike any other, as Inter took a 2-0 lead in minutes before the hosts bridged the gap in no time. Fans had no time to breathe whatsoever, and Bleacher Report UK couldn't help but feel for Celtic fans, who once again were pushed into the dumps when the Italians regained the lead before half-time:
The second half was less spectacular, but Guidetti's late equaliser means the Scots can advance with just a one-goal win in Italy.
Villarreal beat Salzburg 2-1, while Sevilla recorded a 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.