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Big guns get away wins in Europa League

LONDON-Chelsea, Napoli, Valencia and Villarreal managed to secure vital away wins in Thursday night’s Europa League last 32 first leg action.

Viktoria Plzen 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb

Viktoria Plzen rallied back from behind to defeat Dinamo Zagreb on home soil.

The visitors found the breakthrough four minutes before the break, with Daniel Olmo firing home.

Plzen managed to get themselves back on level terms through Ludek Pernica, who also netted the winner with seven minutes in the second half.

Club Brugge 2-1 Red Bull Salzburg

Zlatko Junuzovic put Salzburg ahead after 17 minutes for a crucial away goal.

The Belgian outfit restored parity on 64 minutes through Stefano Denswil, while Wesley fired home on 81 minutes to put the hosts ahead.

Zurich 1-3 Napoli

Napoli claimed an impressive three goals on the road in their victory over FC Zurich.

Lorenzo Insigne broke the deadlock after 11 minutes, before Jose Callejon doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.

Piotr Zielinski bagged Napoli’s third of the night in the 77th minute, while Benjamin Kololli pulled one back for Zurich from the penalty spot.

Malmo 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea managed to claim a 2-1 victory over a spirited Malmo side in Sweden on Thursday night.

After a frustrating opening, the Blues got the breakthrough on 30 minutes when Ross Barkley slotted home from 10-yards out.

Olivier Giroud doubled Chelsea’s lead after 58 minutes with a neat flick in the box, while the hosts gave themselves some hope through Anders Christiansen’s 80th minute strike.

Shakhtar Donestk 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Shakhtar Donetsk and Eintracht Frankfur played out an entertaining 2-2 in Ukraine on Thursday night.

Martin Hinteregger put the visitors in front after just seven minutes, but Shakhtar were level two minutes later when Marlos converted from the penalty spot.

Filip Kostic then handed Frankfurt the lead five minutes after the break, but Taison levelled things up for the Ukraine outfit in the 67th minute.

Celtic 0-2 Valencia

Valencia are one step closer to advancing the round of 16 after defeating Celtic 2-0 at Celtic Park.

Denis Cheryshev gifted the LaLiga outfit a vital away goal three minutes before the break, while Ruben Sobrino got the second on 49 minutes.

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Villarreal

The Yellow Submarine take a slim lead back to Spain after Alfonso Pedraza’s third-minute strike secured a 1-0 win over Sporting. Kickoff

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