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Europa League & Conference League roundup - Barcelona draw, Leicester & Rangers win

Sean Walsh
Barcelona drew with Napoli
Barcelona drew with Napoli / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Everyone's favourite European competitions returned on Thursday night, with the knockout play-off rounds of the Europa League and Europa Conference League kicking off.

Some of the continent's most historic teams were in action and there were some real crackers to enjoy.

Here's your roundup of Thursday's action...


Europa League results

Barcelona 1-1 Napoli

FC Barcelona v SSC Napoli - Europa League
It was a frustrating night for Barcelona / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Barcelona had to fight back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Napoli at Camp Nou.

The visitors took the lead through Piotr Zielinski midway through the first half before Ferran Torres equalised from the spot just after the break.

Xavi's men battered down Napoli's doors but were unable to find a winner on a frustrating return to European action.

Borussia Dortmund 2-4 Rangers

Rangers edged a classic Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund, prevailing 4-2 at Signal-Iduna Park.

The Scottish champions pounced twice on the stroke of half-time through James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos before John Lundstram made it three at the start of the second period.

Jude Bellingham and Raphael Guerreiro struck for BVB either side of Dan-Axel Zagadou's own goal as the Gers took a two-goal lead back to Ibrox.

FC Sheriff 2-0 Braga

Moldovan champions Sheriff have one foot in the knockout stages after a solid 2-0 win at home to Braga.

Sebastien Thill opened the scoring from the penalty spot late in the first half and Adama Traore (no, not that one) made sure of a first-leg win late on.

Zenit St Petersburg 2-3 Real Betis

Manuel Pellegrini's Real Betis prevailed in a five-goal thriller with Zenit St Petersburg, taking a 3-2 advantage into their second leg in Spain next week.

Guido Rodriguez and Willian Jose struck in the opening 20 minutes to put Betis in control, but Artem Dzyuba and Malcom had levelled the tie by the half-hour mark.

Mexican stalwart Andres Guardado put the visitors back in front not long after and after a relatively quiet second half the Spanish side escaped with the win.

Atalanta 2-1 Olympiacos

Atalanta came from behind to secure a valuable first-leg win over Olympiacos.

The Greek outfit went ahead against the run of play through Tiquinho Soares, but a brace from Berat Djimsiti just after the hour mark turned the game on its head.

FC Porto 2-1 Lazio

Porto put an infamous week of drama in Portuguese football behind them to earn a 2-1 win over Lazio.

Mattia Zaccagni's first-half effort was cancelled out by Antonio Martinez, and the Spaniard put the hosts ahead soon after the break.

RB Leipzig 2-2 Real Sociedad

RB Leipzig twice fought from a goal down to secure a draw with La Liga high-flyers Real Sociedad.

The San Sebastian club struck first when Robin Le Normand converted Diego Rico's cross, but the prolific Christopher Nkunku equalised for the Bundesliga outfit before the break.

Second-half penalties from Mikel Oyarzabal and Emil Forsberg ensured this one remained on a knife-edge going into the second leg.

Sevilla 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb

Europa League specialists Sevilla began their hunt for a seventh crown with a 3-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Ivan Rakitic struck first from the penalty spot, but Mislav Orsic - who nearly joined Burnley in January - equalised on the stroke of half-time.

However, there was still time for Lucas Ocampos and Anthony Martial to squeeze goals of their own in before the break, and that's where the scoring ended in Andalusia.


Europa Conference League results

Leicester 4-1 Randers

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Ademola Lookman
Leicester were dominant / Matthew Lewis/GettyImages

Leicester secured the largest win of any side on Thursday with a 4-1 victory at home to Randers.

The Foxes took a deserved lead through Wilfred Ndidi, but were pegged back against the run of play by Vito Hammershøy-Mistrati.

However, second-half strikes from Harvey Barnes, Patson Daka and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall sealed a huge win for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Midtjylland 1-0 PAOK

Danish club Midtjylland will take a slender 1-0 lead into their second leg with PAOK next Thursday.

Joel Anderrson's 20th-minute strike was all that separated the two sides in their first meeting.

Fenerbahce 2-3 Slavia Prague

Two of the Conference League's biggest names were involved in a thriller as Slavia Prague defeated Fenerbahce 3-2.

Ibrahim Traore notched the opener for the visitors before Dimitrios Pelkas levelled the scores, but a quick-fire double from Oscar Dorley and Ondrej Lingr put Slavia back in front.

Ferdi Kadioglu pulled another back for Fenerbahce to give them hope ahead of the second leg.

PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Cody Gakpo's early strike was all that split PSV and Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Philips Stadion.

The Israeli visitors registered just one shot in the first leg and will count themselves lucky that they are still in the tie.

Rapid Wien 2-1 Vitesse

Tottenham's conquerors Vitesse were beaten 2-1 by Rapid Wien.

An early pair of strikes from Ferdy Druijf and Marco Grull put the hosts into a commanding lead, but Filip Stojkovic's second-half red card handed the Dutch side a route back into the game.

Ikoma Lois Openda pulled one back for Vitesse who will have a one-goal deficit to overturn next week.

Celtic 1-3 Bodo/Glimt

Giorgos Giakoumakis, Nikita Haikin
It was a night to forget for Celtic / Mark Runnacles/GettyImages

Norwegian minnows Bodo/Glimt proved their famous win over Roma in the autumn was no fluke with an impressive 3-1 win at Celtic.

Runar Espejord struck within the first 10 minutes to put the away side ahead, while Amahl Pellegrino grabbed another soon after the break.

Daizen Maeda restored hope for Celtic in the latter stages, but Hugo Vetlesen scored nearly immediately from kick-off to give Bodo/Glimt a sizeable lead going into their home leg.

Marseille 3-1 Qarabag

A double from Arkadiusz Milik helped Marseille on their way to a 3-1 win against Azerbaijani side Qarabag.

The Poland international scored twice just before the half-time whistle to put the French outfit into a commanding lead, though allowed their visitors back into the tie when Kady Malinowski struck late on.

But Dimitri Payet restored the two-goal lead in added time to give Marseille control of the tie.

Sparta Prague 0-1 Partizan Belgrade

A late goal from Queensy Menig ensured that there was a goal in every tie played on Thursday night.

Sparta failed where city rivals Slavia succeeded and have it all to do in Belgrade next week.


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