Europa 2010/11: Hat-trick Heroes & Results

Three hat-tricks, a defeat for the holders and healthy wins for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Metalist Kharkiv and Liverpool lit up the opening night of the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Holders Atlético Madrid kicked off their UEFA Europa League title defence with defeat at Aris Thessaloniki on a night when Metalist Kharkiv hit five and Borussia Dortmund won by the odd goal in seven.

Atlético may have started their group stage campaign with a loss, but they did so by only one goal against an Aris side now unbeaten in 40 years of UEFA competition home fixtures.

Less durable on home soil were Debrecen, who were routed 5-0 by FC Metalist Kharkiv having been reduced to ten men three minutes before half-time.

Patrick Helmes took the honour of the group phase's opening goal on his way to a hat-trick and a 4-0 victory for Bayer Leverkusen against Rosenborg.

Lech Poznań's Artjoms Rudņevs completed his own treble in added time to earn the Polish outfit an eye-catching 3-3 draw at Juventus.

Meanwhile Aleksandr Kerzhakov scored all three of Zenit St. Petersburg's goals in a 3-1 success at Anderlecht.

There were also goals aplenty in Ukraine, where Karpaty Lviv fell to a 4-3 reverse against Borussia Dortmund despite being 3-2 to the good with three minutes remaining.

Liverpool also struck four, conceding just once, in a comfortable Anfield triumph over Steaua Bucharest in which midfielder Joe Cole scored the quickest European goal in Liverpool's illustrious history.

The complete results of UEFA Europa League 2010/11 matches that were played on opening day are as follows:

Juventus  3 - 3 Lech Poznan 
SV Salzburg  0 - 2  Manchester City 
Aris Salonika  1 - 0  Atlético Madrid 
Bayer Leverkusen  4 - 0  Rosenborg 
Levski Sofia  3 - 2 KAA Gent 
Lille  1 - 2 Sporting Lisbon 
Club Brugge  1 - 1 PAOK Salonika 
Dinamo Zagreb  2 - 0  Villarreal 
AZ Alkmaar  2 - 1 Sheriff Tiraspol 
Dynamo Kiev  2 - 2 BATE Borisov 
Lausanne Sports  0 - 3  CSKA Moscow 
Sparta Prague  3 - 2 Palermo 
AEK Athens  3 - 1 Hajduk Split 
Anderlecht  1 - 3 Zenit St Petersburg 
Getafe  2 - 1 Odense BK 
VfB Stuttgart  3 - 0  Young Boys 
Debrecen  0 - 5  FC Metalist Kharkiv 
PSV Eindhoven  1 - 1 Sampdoria 
Karpaty Lviv  3 - 4 Borussia Dortmund 
Sevilla FC  0 - 1  Paris Saint-Germain 
Liverpool  4 - 1 Steaua Bucuresti 
Napoli  0 - 0  FC Utrecht 
Besiktas  1 - 0  CSKA Sofia 
FC Porto  3 - 0  Rapid Vienna 

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