Former Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scored two goals as Ajax and Marseille drew 3-3 in “a crazy game” while Liverpool and West Ham were also winners in the opening round of Europa League group games on Thursday.

Ajax, who have won just two games all season and sit 12th in the Dutch league met Marseille who are third in Ligue 1.

However, after a meeting between Marseille fan representatives and the club’s hierarchy reportedly turned nasty, coach Marcelino, only appointed in June, resigned on Tuesday after just seven games in charge.

On Thursday, both teams tore into the game.

Ajax carved open the visiting defence in the first 20 minutes and took a two-goal lead with goals by Carlos Borges and Steven Berghuis.

Jonathan Clauss and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit back before half time.

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As both sides peppered the opposing goals, Kenneth Taylor restored the home edge but Aubameyang levelled again with 12 minutes left. Marseille finished with 25 attempts on goal.

Liverpool fell behind for the fourth time in five matches this season but fought back to beat LASK 3-1 in Linz to make Jurgen Klopp the first coach to win 50 European games at the Merseyside club.

Liverpool, playing in the Europa League for the first time since finishing runners-up in 2016, changed their entire starting 11 away to LASK.

They fell behind to a 14th-minute rocket from Florian Flecker.

Darwin Nunez levelled with a 55th-minute penalty kick after Luis Diaz was brought down.

After 61 minutes, Klopp started to replace teenagers with regular starters.

Within two minutes they were ahead when Ryan Gravenberch, on his full debut, burst down the right and crossed low for Diaz to score from close range.

Two minutes from the end Mohamed Salah, a second-half replacement, poked home a third.

West Ham, who won the Conference League last season, also hit back to beat visiting Serbian club TSC Backa Topola 3-1

In Brighton, Djibril Sidibe put AEK ahead with a bullet header from 13 yards.

Brighton twice levelled with Joao Pedro penalties.

AEK twice regained the lead when sudden deflections in the rain opened up chances as Mijat Gacinovic buried one and Ezequiel Ponce tucked home the winner.

Elsewhere in the Europa League, Romelu Lukaku earned last year’s beaten finalists Roma a 2-1 victory at Sheriff in Moldova.

Abdallah Sima scored the only goal as Rangers beat Real Betis 1-0 in Glasgow.

Bayer Leverkusen crushed Swedes Hacken 4-0, Rennes cruised past Maccabi Haifa 3-0 in France, while Spaniards Villarreal lost 2-0 to Panathinakos in Greece.

In the Conference League, Aston Villa fell behind in the third minute to Legia Warsaw and despite equalising twice lost 3-2.

The Star



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