Ex-national players Philipp Max (left) and Mario Götze in the PSV Eindhoven jersey
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Mario Götze had to be content with PSV Eindhoven at the start of the Europa League with a 2: 2 (1: 2) against Real Sociedad.
However, the 2014 world champion did his best to help his team win against the Basques: Götze used a cross blocked by goalkeeper Alex Remiro for the opening goal (32nd), and he prepared Cody Gakpo to equalize 2-2 (54.).
On the side of the guests from San Sebastián, the goals were scored by two players who, like Götze, had played for Borussia Dortmund in the past - albeit incomparably less successful: Adnan Januzaj had scored to equalize (34th), Alexander Isak the interim lead for Real Sociedad worried (39.). In Group B, the two teams now share second place behind Niko Kovač-trained AS Monaco, which with Kevin Volland, Alexander Nübel and Ismail Jakobs prevailed 1-0 against Sturm Graz in the starting line-up.
Jérôme Boateng was able to record a 2-0 (1-0) away win at Glasgow Rangers on his starting line-up for Olympique Lyon. The result, which appeared to be sovereign, feigned a defensive security that the former international was not yet able to give the French top club: The defensive player, who was without a club during the summer, did not play flawlessly, with a yellow card, coach Peter Bosz Boateng took off the field after 65 minutes. Lyon's other opponents in Group A, Brøndby IF and Sparta Prague, drew goalless.
On the other places, West Ham United achieved the first European Cup victory of the millennium with a 2-0 (1-0) win at Dinamo Zagreb.
Most recently, the Hammers had won against NK Osijek, like Dinamo from Croatia, with the exception of qualifying games in 1999.
In the nominal top game of the evening, SSC Napoli at Leicester City came 2-2 after a 2-0 deficit thanks to a brace from Victor Osimhen, most of the goals came in Real Betis' 4-3 win against Celtic.
All results and tables of the Europa League can be found in the SPIEGEL sports center.
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