Tottenham won 5-0 at Heart of Midlothian and Lazio routed Rabotnicki 6-0 in the first games of their Europa League soccer playoffs.
Rafael van der Vaart scored after five minutes for Tottenham last night in Scotland, while Djibril Cisse scored twice in Lazio’s home victory.
English clubs were unbeaten on the night. Fulham beat Dnipro 3-0, Stoke won at Thun 1-0 and Birmingham tied 0-0 at Nacional. Maribor beat Scottish champion Rangers 2-1 on Etien Velikonja’s goal in stoppage time, while Celtic and Sion finished scoreless in Glasgow.
Braga, last season’s runner-up to Porto, drew 0-0 at home with Young Boys. Atletico Madrid and PSG both won, while Roma and Schalke lost.
The return matches in the two-game series will be played Aug. 25. The 38 series winners advance the group stage of Europe’s second-tier club competition, where they’re joined by the 10 playoff losers from the elite Champions League.
THURSDAY’S FIRST-LEG RESULTS ============================ Vaslui 2-0 Sparta Prague Legia Warsaw 2-2 Spartak Moscow Ekranas 1-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 Spartak Trnava Zestafoni 3-3 Brugge Helsinki 2-0 Schalke Litex Lovech 1-2 Dynamo Kiev Omonia Nicosia 2-1 Red Bull Salzburg Aalesunds 2-1 AZ Alkmaar Austria Vienna 3-1 Gaz Metan Vorskla Poltava 2-1 Dinamo Bucharest Thun 0-1 Stoke City Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3-0 Panathinaikos Steaua Bucharest 2-0 CSKA Sofia Slask Wroclaw 1-3 Rapid Bucharest Nordsjaelland 0-0 Sporting Lisbon PAOK 2-0 Karpaty Lviv Besiktas 3-0 Alania Vladikavkaz Bursaspor 1-2 Anderlecht Standard Liege 1-0 Helsingborg Hannover 2-1 Sevilla Red Star Belgrade 1-2 Rennes Metalist Kharkiv 0-0 Sochaux Fulham 3-0 Dnipro AEK Athens 1-0 Dinamo Tbilisi Rosenborg 0-0 Larnaca Slovan Bratislava 1-0 Roma Maribor 2-1 Rangers Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Partizan Belgrade Hearts 0-5 Tottenham Nacional 0-0 Birmingham Differdange 0-4 PSG Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Trabzonspor Lazio 6-0 Rabotnicki Celtic 0-0 Sion Ried 0-0 PSV Eindhoven Braga 0-0 Young Boys Atletico Madrid 2-0 Vitoria Guimaraes