Europa League review: Last season’s Uefa Cup winners Shakhtar Donetsk were dumped out of the rebranded Europa League tonight by Fulham. The Londoners drew 1-1 in Ukraine to complete an impressive 3-2 aggregate win, Brede Hangeland heading them in front on the night before Jadson hit back following superb work from Douglas.

The one negative note for Roy Hodgson was the needless late sending-off of captain Danny Murphy for a petulant kick at Darijo Srna.

Panathinaikos also claimed a notable scalp, the Greek side completing a second 3-2 win over Roma to advance to the last 16.

Djibril Cisse scored twice, the first a penalty, either side of Sotiris Ninis’ strike in the final five minutes of the first half.

John Arne Riise and Daniele De Rossi scored Roma’s goals before Pana also had a man sent off in the last minute, Kostas Katsouranis collecting a second  yellow card.

Liverpool survived a scare against Romanian side Unirea Urziceni . Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Reds were pegged back by Bruno Fernandes’ header before Javier Mascherano’s superb strike and further goals from Ryan Babel and captain Steven Gerrard saw them through.

Hamburg saw off PSV Eindhoven on away goals after a dramatic finish. PSV trailed 1-0 from the game in Germany but took the lead courtesy of goals from Ola Toivonen and Balasz Dzsudzsak.

But Mladen Petric and Piotr Trochowski put Hamburg back on top and Danny Koevermans’ last-minute header was not enough for the hosts.

Diego Forlan’s last-minute winner saw Atletico Madrid past Galatasaray , a 2-1 win on the night sealing a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.

Simao’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Kader Keita’s header but, after Gala’s Caner Erkin was sent off for two bookings within a minute, Jose Antonio Reyes set up Forlan to stave off extra time and settle the tie.

Anderlecht produced a superb second-leg display to beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0, and 5-1 on aggregate.

Romelu Lukaku’s strike gave them a fourth-minute lead which was extended by Mikel San Jose’s own goal, with second-half strikes from Mbark Boussoufa and Jonathan Legear putting the gloss on the result.

Marseille beat Copenhagen 3-1 for the second week in succession, Bakari Kone scoring twice after Hatem Ben Arfa had opened the scoring for the evening. Ailton scored Copenhagen’s late consolation.

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Hangeland knocks champions out

Europa League review: Last season’s Uefa Cup winners Shakhtar Donetsk were dumped out of the rebranded Europa League tonight by Fulham. The Londoners drew 1-1 in Ukraine to complete an impressive 3-2 aggregate win, Brede Hangeland heading them in front on the night before Jadson hit back following superb work from Douglas.

The one negative note for Roy Hodgson was the needless late sending-off of captain Danny Murphy for a petulant kick at Darijo Srna.

Panathinaikos also claimed a notable scalp, the Greek side completing a second 3-2 win over Roma to advance to the last 16.

Djibril Cisse scored twice, the first a penalty, either side of Sotiris Ninis’ strike in the final five minutes of the first half.

John Arne Riise and Daniele De Rossi scored Roma’s goals before Pana also had a man sent off in the last minute, Kostas Katsouranis collecting a second  yellow card.

Liverpool survived a scare against Romanian side Unirea Urziceni . Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Reds were pegged back by Bruno Fernandes’ header before Javier Mascherano’s superb strike and further goals from Ryan Babel and captain Steven Gerrard saw them through.

Hamburg saw off PSV Eindhoven on away goals after a dramatic finish. PSV trailed 1-0 from the game in Germany but took the lead courtesy of goals from Ola Toivonen and Balasz Dzsudzsak.

But Mladen Petric and Piotr Trochowski put Hamburg back on top and Danny Koevermans’ last-minute header was not enough for the hosts.

Diego Forlan’s last-minute winner saw Atletico Madrid past Galatasaray , a 2-1 win on the night sealing a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.

Simao’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Kader Keita’s header but, after Gala’s Caner Erkin was sent off for two bookings within a minute, Jose Antonio Reyes set up Forlan to stave off extra time and settle the tie.

Anderlecht produced a superb second-leg display to beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0, and 5-1 on aggregate.

Romelu Lukaku’s strike gave them a fourth-minute lead which was extended by Mikel San Jose’s own goal, with second-half strikes from Mbark Boussoufa and Jonathan Legear putting the gloss on the result.

Marseille beat Copenhagen 3-1 for the second week in succession, Bakari Kone scoring twice after Hatem Ben Arfa had opened the scoring for the evening. Ailton scored Copenhagen’s late consolation.

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