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Europa: Milan thump Austria Vienna; Villarreal, Marseille win; Everton lose

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AC Milan’s Andre Silva celebrated a hat-trick as the Italian giants crushed their hosts, Austria Vienna 5-1 in matchday 1 of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Turkey international Calhanoglu opened the scoring on 7 minutes before Silva netted two goals in ten minutes to put the Rossoneri 3-0 up at halftime.

The hosts then fought back early after the break, as defender Alexandar Borkovic powerfully headed in from a corner for Vienna, before Silva’s third for the night and Suso’s 63rd-minute goal completed the 5-1 victory for Milan.

The Rossoneri are unbeaten in the competition this season while Austria Vienna are without a win at home in their last six UEFA Europa games.

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La Liga giants, Villarreal secured a heavy win at home against Astana.

The Spanish side kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 win over the Kazakhstan side, while Slavia Prague edged Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 in the other group game.

French side, Marseille beat Atiker Konyaspor 1-0 in Group I as Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes drew 1-1 FC Austrian champions, Red Bull Salzburg.

Elsewhere, Premier League side, Everton produced a dreadful performance as they lost 3-0 against Atalanta in Italy.

French side Olympique Lyon were held 1-1 in Cyprus by Apollon Limassol in the other Group E game.

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