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Europa League round-up: Mario Balotelli nets for Nice

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  • Nice won 5-1 against Zulte Waragem in their opening Europa League fixture  
  • Vitoria Guimaraes fielded a starting line-up without a single European player 
  • Ciro Immobile scored as Lazio won, Hoffenheim were beaten by Braga 

By Ap Reporter

Published: 20:00 EDT, 14 September 2017 | Updated: 20:00 EDT, 14 September 2017

Nice got their Europa League campaign off to the perfect start as they thumped Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem 5-1.

Mario Balotelli produced the final goal for the Ligue 1 outfit in Belgian to seal an emphatic opening day win. 

Alassane Plea scored twice inside 20 minutes before Dante added a third at the Regenboogstadion.

Mario Balotelli netted the fifth and final goal for Nice in their win over Zulte Waregem
Mario Balotelli netted the fifth and final goal for Nice in their win over Zulte Waregem

Mario Balotelli netted the fifth and final goal for Nice in their win over Zulte Waregem

The Italian striker found the target in the second half as they got off to the perfect start 
The Italian striker found the target in the second half as they got off to the perfect start 

The Italian striker found the target in the second half as they got off to the perfect start 

Aaron Leya Iseka pulled one back for the hosts before Allan Saint-Maximin and Balotelli put the finishing touches on the rout. 

In Group I, Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes started their European adventure without a single European player in their starting XI.

Vitoria's line-up consisted of four Brazilians, two Colombians, a Venezuelan, a Uruguayan, a Ghanaian, a Peruvian and a Ivorian before bringing on Portugal's Kiko in the second half of their 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg.   

Elsewhere, Hoffenheim's confidence after beating Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday was pricked by Braga, which rallied from a goal down to beat the German host 2-1.

Hoffenheim's Sandro Wagner cuts a frustrated figure during their defeat at the hands of Braga
Hoffenheim's Sandro Wagner cuts a frustrated figure during their defeat at the hands of Braga

Hoffenheim's Sandro Wagner cuts a frustrated figure during their defeat at the hands of Braga

Sandro Wagner headed in a Pavel Kaderabek cross for Hoffenheim to lead in its league debut in Group C.

Joao Carlos equalised, and another Ricardo Esgaio cross set up the match-winner for Dyego Sousa after the break. 

Real Sociedad scored twice within a minute early in the first half on the way to a 4-0 victory over Rosenborg in its Europa League group stage debut. Diego Llorente netted the opener nine minutes into the game, and the closer in the second half. 

Lazio, came from a 2-1 down to win 3-2 at Dutch side Vitesse in its Group K opener. Murgia scored the winner 15 minutes from time after Ciro Immobile equalized eight minutes earlier.

Marseille beat Turkey's Konyaspor 1-0 in Group I courtesy of a header by Adil Rami from Dimitri Payet's corner kick.

Ciro Immobile was on the scoresheet as Lazio beat Dutch opponents Vitesse Arnhem
Ciro Immobile was on the scoresheet as Lazio beat Dutch opponents Vitesse Arnhem

Ciro Immobile was on the scoresheet as Lazio beat Dutch opponents Vitesse Arnhem

 

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