Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lille and Fenerbahce are heading to the quarterfinals of the Europa Conference League

Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lille and Fenerbahce recorded clear away victories on Thursday evening, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa Conference League in football, writes Agerpres.

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Maccabi beat Olympiakos Piraeus 4-1, with goals scored by Eran Zahavi (double), Ido Shahar and Dor Peretz. The goal of the Greek team was scored by the Moroccan Ayoub El Kaabi.

Lille beat Sturm Graz 3-0, thanks to a double by Canadian Jonathan David and a goal scored by Edon Zhegrova.

Fenerbahce Istanbul won by forfeit (3-0), on the field of the Belgian team Union Saint-Gilloise, thanks to the goals scored by the Belgian Michy Batshuayi, the Dutch Jayden Oosterwolde and the Serbian Dusan Tadic.

The team prepared by the Romanian Răzvan Lucescu, PAOK Thessaloniki, was defeated by Dinamo Zagreb 2-0, thanks to Bruno Petkovic's double (37, 71).

Perhaps the most exciting match of the evening took place in Budapest, where Fiorentina beat Maccabi Haifa 4-3. The viola team opened the scoring quickly, through Mbala Nzola (2), but Maccabi returned the score before the break, through the successes of Abdoulaye Seck (12) and Gadi Kinda (29). Lucas Beltran managed to restore the tie (58), but Maccabi took the lead again, through the goal scored by Anan Khalaili (67). Fiorentina scored the last two goals of the game, through Rolando Mandragora (74) and the Czech Antonin Barak (90+5), while the hosts were down to ten players from the min. 80, when the Angolan Show was eliminated.

The Norwegians from Molde FK also won against FC Bruges, score 2-1, through Fredrik Gulbrandsen's goal (90+2).

Ajax Amsterdam and Aston Villa ended undecided, 0-0, score also recorded in the match between Servette Geneva and Viktoria Plzen.

Thursday's results:

Ajax Amsterdam – Aston Villa 0-0

Red cards: Tristan Gooijer (Ajax) 86, Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) 83.

Molde FK – FC Bruges 2-1

They scored: Halldor Stenevik 43, Fredrik Gulbrandsen 90+2, respectively Maxime De Cuyper 85 – penalty.

Olympiakos Piraeus – Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-4

They scored: Ayoub El Kaabi 13, respectively Eran Zahavi 5, 30, Ido Shahar 9, Dor Peretz 74.

Sturm Graz – Lille OSC 0-3

They scored: Jonathan David 28, 51, Edon Zhegrova 71.

Dinamo Zagreb – PAOK Thessaloniki 2-0

He scored: Bruno Petkovic 37, 71.

Maccabi Haifa – Fiorentina 3-4

They scored: Abdoulaye Seck 12, Gadi Kinda 29, Anan Khalaili 67, respectively Mbala Nzola 2, Lucas Beltran 58, Rolando Mandragora 74, Antonin Barak 90+5.

Red card: Show (Maccabi) 80.

Servette Geneva – Viktoria Plzen 0-0

Union Saint-Gilloise – Fenerbahce Istanbul 0-3

They scored: Michy Batshuayi 20, Jayden Oosterwolde 84, Dusan Tadic 90+4 – penalty.

The second leg matches will take place on March 14.