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Europa League round-up: Andre Silva treble helps AC Milan rout Vienna

UEL round-up: Silva treble helps Milan rout Vienna
By Reuters

14/09/2017 at 20:57Updated 14/09/2017 at 22:52

AC Milan's new signing Andre Silva scored a hat-trick to lead the Italian side to a rousing 5-1 win at Austria Vienna in their opening Europa League group stage match on Thursday.

The Portugal forward, signed from Porto in the close season, became the first player to score a European hat-trick for the club since Brazilian Kaka against Anderlecht in 2006.

Hakan Calhanoglu set Milan on their way with a fierce drive in the seventh minute and then set up Silva's first two goals in the 10th and 20th of the Group D game.

Although Alexandar Borkovic pulled one back two minutes after the break, Silva completed his treble in the 56th minute after being sent clear by Franck Kessie's through ball. Suso added the fifth just after the hour before Milan eased up.

Milan's fellow Serie A side Atalanta were also impressive, scoring three times in the first half to beat English Premier League opponents Everton in Group E.

Andrea Masiello tapped the ball in from a corner after 27 minutes before Alejandro Gomez rifled home a shot from the edge of the area in the 41st and Bryan Cristante added the third three minutes later after Everton were caught in possession.

Olympique Lyonnais were held 1-1 at Apollon Limassol in the group's other game after Adrian Sardinero Corpa got a last-gasp equaliser for the Cypriots to cancel out Memphis Depay's 53rd minute penalty.

Braga pulled off a shock in Group C by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Hoffenheim, who had beaten German champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Sandro Wagner gave Hoffenheim the lead in the 24th minute but Joao Carlos Teixeira headed the equaliser on the stroke of halftime from a cross by Ricardo Esgaio who also set up the winner for Dyego Sousa five minutes after the break.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE RESULTS

Group A

Slavia Prague 1 - 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Villarreal 3 - 1 FC Astana

Group B

Dynamo Kyiv 3 - 1 Skenderbeu

Young Boys 1 - 1 Partizan Beograd

Group C

Hoffenheim 1 - 2 Braga

Istanbul Basaksehir 0 - 0 Ludogorets Razgrad

Group D

Austria Wien 1 - 5 AC Milan

Rijeka 1 - 2 AEK Athens

Group E

Apollon Limassol 1 - 1 Lyon

Atalanta 3 - 0 Everton

Group F

FC Koebenhavn 0 - 0 Lokomotiv Moscow

Zlin 0 - 0 FC Sheriff

Group G

FC FCSB 3 - 0 Viktoria Plzen

Hapoel Beer Sheva 2 - 1 Lugano

Group H

FK Crvena Zvezda 1 - 1 BATE Borisov

Arsenal 3 - 1 FC Cologne

Group I

Marseille 1 - 0 Konyaspor

Vitoria de Guimaraes 1 - 1 Salzburg

Group J

Hertha Berlin 0 - 0 Athletic Bilbao

Zorya 0 - 2 Oestersunds FK

Group K

Vitesse 2 - 3 Lazio

Zulte-Waregem 1 - 5 Nice

Group L

FK Vardar Skopje 0 - 5 Zenit St. Petersburg

Real Sociedad 4 - 0 Rosenborg

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