Europa League round-up: Fernandao scores late Fenerbahce winner against Ajax as Napoli maintain their 100 per cent record

Europa League round-up: Fernandao scores late Fenerbahce winner against Ajax as Napoli maintain their 100 per cent record

Author : Daily MailFri, 23 Oct, 2015, 09:28

Fenerbahce recorded their first victory in the Europa League this season with a dramatic 1-0 win over Ajax in Group A.

Substitute Fernandao, who replaced Robin van Persie on 72 minutes, came to the rescue for the hosts in Istanbul on Thursday night with an 89th minute strike to give Vitor Pereira’s men all three points.

The Brazilian rose well to meet Caner Erkin’s corner kick in the final minute of the match and his header took enough of a deflection off Ajax captain Davy Klaassen to deceive Jasper Cillessen in the visitors' goal.

Elsewhere, FC Sion have taken a four-point lead at the top of Group B having won 1-0 at 10-man Bordeaux, while PAOK and Krasnodar went goalless.

In-form Napoli continued a 100 per cent record in Group D, Jose Callejon, Gonzalo Higuain and two goals from Manolo Gabbiadini saw a 4-1 success over Midtjylland.

Group E leaders Rapid Vienna and Group F pace-setters Braga have also won all three of their matches after both edged five-goal thrillers.

The Austrians came out on top of Viktoria Plzen, with Alan grabbing an 89th-minute winner for Braga against Marseille.

Villarreal nestle second behind Rapid, Cedric Bakambu's brace setting up a 4-0 defeat of Dinamo Minsk.

Lacina Traore's goal was enough for Monaco to edge past FK Qarabag and leapfrog Tottenham at the Group J summit.



Lazio took a three-point lead in Group G after defying an early red card to beat Rosenborg 3-1 at Stadio Olimpico.

Mauricio was dismissed after only six minutes but Alessandro Matri, Felipe and Antonio Candreva netted for the Serie A side in a match that saw missed penalties at both ends.

Dnipro had been level on points with Lazio but lost 1-0 at home to St Etienne, with Romain Hamouma on target.

Schalke remain atop Group K after a 2-2 draw with second-placed Sparta Prague, while APOEL Nicosia beat Asteras Tripolis 2-1.

Sporting were the evening's big scorers in Group H, despatching Albanian outfit Skenderbeu 5-1, with all six goals coming after Hamdi Salihi's first-half sending off.

Top two Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas shared a draw, with goals from Maicon and Mario Gomez.

There were two unexpected away wins in Group I.

Lech Poznan celebrated a 2-1 success at Fiorentina, Dawid Kownacki and Maciej Gajos negating Giuseppe Rossi's late consolation, with Portugal's Os Belenenses surprising Basel by the same scoreline.

In Group L Augsburg got off the mark in style, Piotr Trochowski's goal enough to defeat AZ Alkmaar at home.

Athletic Bilbao ended Partizan Belgrade's 100 per cent record as Raul Garcia and Benat Etxebarria effected a 2-0 win for the visitors.

Legia Warsaw against Club Brugge and Liberec versus Groningen both ended 1-1. 

In Group C, PAOK and Krasnodar finished goalless.

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