Europa League Recap: Liverpool and West Ham Secure Victories
Liverpool defeated Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League on Thursday with Ryan Gravenberch scoring his first goal for the club.
Liverpool went ahead 1-0 before halftime when the Dutch midfielder, who arrived from Bayern Munich in the off-season, scored off a rebound.
Lucas Paquetá and Nayef Aguerd scored to help West Ham win 2-1 at Freiburg in the Europa League.
In the 66th minute, Aguerd headed in a James Ward-Prowse corner off the crossbar while unmarked.
Last season's Europa Conference League winners, West Ham, took the lead in the eighth minute when Paquetá headed home a Jarrod Bowen cross.
Freiburg equalized four minutes into the second half when Roland Sallai scored on a rebound.
West Ham leads Group A with 6 points. Freiburg has three points, while TSC Bačka Topola and Olympiacos have one following a 2-2 tie.
UEFA barred West Ham fans from the game following events at the Europa League final in Prague.
In Group B, Brighton secured their first European point with a 2-2 draw against Marseille in France after João Pedro converted a penalty in the final minutes.
After Chancel Mbemba and Jordan Veretout scored, Pascal Gross equalized for Brighton at halftime.
New Marseille coach Gennaro Gattuso is winless after two games.
Brighton is in Europe for the first time in its 122-year existence after placing sixth in the Premier League last season.
AEK tops the group with four points as Domagoj Vida saved a 1-1 draw against Ajax in Athens. Marseille and Ajax have 2 points.
Roma defeated Servette Geneva 4-0 with Romelu Lukaku scoring from a Zeki Çelik cross.
The Belgium attacker scored his fifth goal in seven outings in all competitions. Fellow striker Andrea Belotti scored twice, while substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini scored.
Jose Mourinho's Roma is seeking to reach its third straight European final and leads Group G with Slavia Prague on six points after the Czech team defeated Sheriff Tiraspol 6-0.
Xabi Alonso won 2-1 in Molde in his first year as Bayer Leverkusen manager.
The German club won Group H for the second straight time days after topping the Bundesliga.
Alonso was lauded for reaching the Europa League semifinals before losing to Roma Last season. Nathan Tella and Jeremie Frimpong scored in the first 18 minutes for Leverkusen.
Real Betis beat Sparta Prague 2-1 in Group C thanks to Isco's header. All four teams have three points after Aris Limassol beat Rangers 2-1.
Atalanta defeated Sporting Lisbon 2-1 in Group D thanks to first-half goals by Giorgio Scalvini and Matteo Ruggeri.
Sporting's Viktor Gyökeres scored a penalty. After two straight wins, Atalanta leads the group.
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Aston Villa defeated Bosnian team Zrinjski Mostar 1-0 in the third-tier European competition when captain John McGinn scored in stoppage time.
Ferencváros held last year's runner-up Fiorentina 2-2, while 2022 Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt lost 2-1 against PAOK.
Nordsjaelland beat Ludogorets 7-1.
KÍ Klaksvík secured their first European point by tying Lille 0-0.
KÍ is the first Faroese team to advance to the European group stage.
Breidablik of Iceland, another newcomer, lost 1-0 at home against Zorya Luhansk.
Liverpool's second straight win in the second-tier European tournament was clinched by Diogo Jota's low strike in second-half stoppage time.
Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister started on the bench but came on as a substitute after halftime to join older brother Kevin, a Union defender.
The Reds lead Group E by two points over Toulouse, who defeated Austria's LASK 1-0.
Liverpool failed Champions League qualification for the first time since 2016.