Europa League round-up: Wigan create history; Spurs, Swansea win
Nick Powell, the on-loan youngster from Manchester United, scored two brilliant goals last night to propel Wigan Athletic to their first victory in the European competition. Powell opened the scoring and Ben Watson got a second. A Marcos Morales Tavares goal meant that Wigan had to score another to be safe, and Nick Powell gladly obliged. A stoppage time goal and history had been created at the DW Stadium.
Swansea had started their Europa League campaign on a perfect note and St Gallen were all for breaking the former’s stride. However, an early St Gallen penalty saved by Gerhard Tremmel gave Swans the confidence boost they needed and Wayne Routledge netted in from point-blank range in the early minutes of the second half to give Swansea a well-deserved victory.
Elsewhere, Fiorentina beat Ukranian side FC Dnipro with a Massimo Ambrosini second-half strike which was enough to edge past the hosts 2-1.
PSV Eindhoven got their Europa League campaign back on track with a 2-0 win away at Chornomorets Odesa.
Lazio would’ve lost 3-1 to Trabzonspor had it not been for forward Sergio Floccari who scored two goals in less than two minutes. The draw propelled Lazio to the top of their group table.
Christopher Trimmel scored a stoppage-time header to make sure that Rapid Vienna secured an important point against Dynamo Kiev at home.
Valencia who lost 3-0 to Swansea last time, returned to winning ways against Kuban Krasnodar. Two second half goals by Paco Alcacer and Sofiane Feghouli gave Valencia a 2-0 away victory.