Mario Gotze saved PSV Eindhoven from a false start in the European League. The 2014 world champion led the Dutch first club to 2:2 (1:2) on Thursday night against Spain representative Real Sociedad San Sebastian (3 wins and 1 loss), who had a solid start to the league.
Gotze (31) took the lead by himself at first and then stopped after a very strong solo performance and equalized by Cody Jakbo (54). Götze first nibbled on Joseba Zaluda through the tunnel, pulled into the penalty area and several opponents there before also reaching Gakpo through the tunnel.
The last time Gotze scored a goal and assist in a European Cup match was in October 2013 for Bayern Munich against Viktoria Plzen. Meanwhile, former Dortmund players Adnan Januzaj (33) and Alexander Isak (39) turned the game around.
Sharing points, Monaco are the only leaders in Group B: With goalkeeper Alexander Noble, Kevin Volland and Ismail Jacobs in the starting line-up, the French First Division won 1-0 (0-0) against Sturm Graz, and Creppen Diatta scored (66) decisive.
However, Jerome Boateng, made his first successful start with Olympique Lyonnais after one week of his exciting experience. The Frenchman beat Glasgow Rangers 2-0 (1-0) and topped Group A.
Former national player Boateng, coming from Bayern Munich, was sentenced to a fine of 1.8 million euros in Munich for premeditated assault with insult. On Thursday, Boateng’s appeal was announced. At Ibrox Park he was replaced after 65 minutes. Karl Toko Ekambi (23) and an own goal from James Tavernier (55) ensured Lyon’s victory.
Europa League: West Ham celebrate their first European Cup win in 22 years
And traditional English club West Ham United also won a regular European Cup match for the first time in 22 years. London won 2-0 (1-0) in Group H against Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. Antonio (21) and England international Declan Rice (50) scored.
Apart from qualifying matches, former European Cup winners West Ham last celebrated their victory in the international business in 1999 in the then UEFA Cup against NK Osijek.
Betis Sevilla scored an impressive 4:3 (2:2) win over Celtic Glasgow. Turkey’s runners-up Galatasaray Istanbul beat Lazio 1-0 (0-0), and Leicester City and Napoli separated 2-2 (1-0).