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Europa League Results 2019: Scores, Highlights for Final Leg 1 Qualifiers

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

YEREVAN, ARMENIA - AUGUST 08: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-2 during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round First Leg fixture between FC Pyunik and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pyunik Stadium on August 8, 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)
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Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Pyunik 4-0 in the first leg of the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League third-round qualifiers on Thursday. 

The Premier League side were clinical on the road and continued their good form from last season with a goalscoring display and clean sheet.

Rangers are a step closer to qualification after a 4-2 away win against FC Midtjylland, but Scottish compatriots Aberdeen lost 2-0 at HNK Rijeka.

There were resounding 5-0 victories for Eintracht Frankfurt and Torino. The Bundesliga team deconstructed FC Vaduz and the Serie A side overpowered Shakhtyor Soligorsk.

It was a good night for two Eredivisie representatives, with PSV Eindhoven defeating FK Haugesund 1-0 and Feyenoord completing a 4-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi.

La Liga outfit Espanyol skipped to a 3-0 victory over Luzern in Switzerland.

                       

Thursday's Results

FC Astana 5-1 Valletta FC

AEK Larnaca 1-1 KAA Gent

Pyunik 0-4 Wolves

Sparta Prague 2-2 Trabzonspor

Universitatea Craiova 0-2 AEK Athens

Brondby 2-4 Braga

Ventspils 0-3 Vitoria Guimaraes

FK Haugesund 0-1 PSV Eindhoven

Malmo 3-0 Zrinjski Mostar

Mariupol 0-0 AZ Alkmaar

Molde 3-0 Aris

Neftchi Baku 2-2 Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv

Sheriff 1-2 AIK

Thun 3-2 Spartak Moscow

CSKA Sofia 1-1 Zorya Luhansk

Feyenoord 4-0 Dinamo Tbilisi

Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0-1 Strasbourg

Ludogorets 5-0 The New Saints

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-2 Suduva

Royal Antwerp 1-0 Viktoria Plzen

FK Sarajevo 1-2 BATE Borisov

F91 Dudelange 3-1 Nomme Kalju

FC Midtjylland 2-4 Rangers

HNK Rijeka 2-0 Aberdeen

IFK Norrkoping 1-1 Hapoel Be'er Sheva

FC Vaduz 0-5 Eintracht Frankfurt

Steaua Bucharest 0-0 Mlada Boleslav

Austria Vienna 1-2 Apollon Limassol

Legia Warsaw 0-0 Atromitos Athens

Luzern 0-3 Espanyol

Partizan Belgrade 3-1 Yeni Malatyaspor

Torino 5-0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk

                           

Thursday Recap

YEREVAN, ARMENIA - AUGUST 08: Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores a goal to make it 0-4 from a penalty kick during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round First Leg fixture between FC Pyunik and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pyunik Stadium on
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Wolves took a step towards advancing from the last stage of qualifying with a convincing victory in Armenia.

Matt Doherty opened the scoring for the English side after 29 minutes, and Nuno Espirito Santo's men did not look back during their performance in the capital.

Raul Jimenez was one of the eye-catching forwards in the Premier League last term, and the striker scored three minutes before half-time. Jimenez grabbed his brace a minute after the restart, and Wolves were home and dry.

Ruben Neves converted a penalty in stoppage time after Patrick Cutrone was fouled in the box. Espirito Santo will have been impressed with what he saw, with his team gearing up for the start of their Premier League season against Leicester on Sunday.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 04: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on August 04, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Rangers also delivered a superb away performance, with Steven Gerrard's team winning 4-2.

Alfredo Morelos broke the deadlock for the Scottish side two minutes before half-time, setting up a pulsating second half. Joe Aribo's 52-minute effort doubled the scoreline and Nikola Katic's finish after 56 minutes appeared to have killed off the hosts.

However, Midtjylland were not done and two quick goals pulled them back into the contest. Frank Onyeka was calm with his finish after 58 minutes and Sory Kaba's long shot stunned the Scots just five minutes later to make it 3-2. Scott Arfield made sure of the win with 20 minutes left on the clock, securing Gerrard's men a commanding lead for the return at Ibrox Stadium.