We all know what comes after the night of Champions League football, it's The Europa League which had it's first Matchday yesterday. Big names like Liverpool, Rangers, West Ham, Leverkusen, Roma started off their campaign with a win while debutant Brighton got beaten by a late Ponce goal. The heavyweight matchup between Marseille and Ajax was a 3-3 standstill with the Dutch side leaving the field with 10 men. We take a look at the Premier League Teams on Matchday 1.
Jurgen Klopp registered his 50th win as Liverpool came back from behind to beat Lask 3-1. Lask surprised Liverpool by taking an early lead through a wonder strike by Florian Flecker but a dominating second half display saw Liverpool to a comfortable win. Darwin Nunez equalised for Liverpool from the spot, Luis Diaz gave Liverpool the lead just minutes after the hour mark and Mohamed Salah sealed the deal for Liverpool at the very end.
After spending quite some wonderful years at the Champions League, Liverpool are now trying to get back at the very top, once again and having a successful Europa League campaign is very important for that.
After going down by an early second half TSC goal, West Ham made a great comeback with the help of their newest addition to the team, Mohammed Kudus. The first goal of the match was a mistake from Angelo Ogbonna but it was canceled out by a Nemanja Petrovic own goal. Then in the 70th minute of the match, Mohammed Kudus gave West Ham the much anticipated lead. Tomas Soucek also sneaked in a goal to reflect a dominating West Ham performance.
Brighton's European campaign didn't start as well as they would've hoped for. After their dominating victory against Manchester United at the Old Trafford, everyone expected them to come out with all three points against AEK Athens but that was not the case. De Zerbi's men saw themselves trailing in two occasions but two perfectly placed penalties by Joao Pedro gave them a lifeline to equalise the game. But in the dying minutes of the match, Ezequiel Ponce snatched a victory out of nowhere for Athens and it was sheer suffering for Brighton.