Europa League resumed on Thursday evening with the Round of 32 first leg matches.
Turkish runners-up Istanbul Basaksehir lost 3-1 to Sporting CP at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. Former FC Zeljeznicar striker Edin Visca converted the penalty in the 77th minute of the game to give Turkish side some hope ahead of the return leg in seven days’ time.
Bosnian star striker Edin Dzeko failed to score against Gent, but made his mark in Paulo Fonseca team’s 1-0 victory nevertheless - as his defense-splitting pass in the 13th minute resulted in Carles Perez scoring the only goal of the match.
Sead Kolasinac was unused substitute in Arsenal’s 1-0 away victory at Olympiakos Piraeus. French striker Alexandre Lacazette scored nine minutes from time to give Mikael Arteta’s side a vital advantage ahead of the return leg at the Emirates.
Mateo Susic’s CFR Cluj drew 1-1 with Sevilla, but former member of the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina was not in the squad as he picked up an arm injury two weeks ago.
Second leg matches will be played on February 26 and 27.