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UEFA Europa League goalscoring landmarks

Published: Thursday 29 November 2012, 15.13CET
Edinson Cavani hit the UEFA Europa League's 2,000th goal on matchday five, and as we wait for the 2,001st to be scored, UEFA.com looks back at some other landmark strikes.

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Published: Thursday 29 November 2012, 15.13CET

UEFA Europa League goalscoring landmarks

Edinson Cavani hit the UEFA Europa League's 2,000th goal on matchday five, and as we wait for the 2,001st to be scored, UEFA.com looks back at some other landmark strikes.

Edinson Cavani's added-time penalty at AIK on matchday five confirmed SSC Napoli's place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 and was also the 2,000th goal – group stage to final – since the advent of the UEFA Europa League in 2009/10. UEFA.com looks back at the other landmark strikes.

No1: Alberto Zapater (GENOA CFC 2-0 SK Slavia Praha)
17/09/09, group stage
Four minutes into matchday one of the inaugural UEFA Europa League group stage, midfielder Alberto Zapater beat Slavia goalkeeper Martin Vaniak with a whipped free-kick from out wide to register the first goal of the competition proper – his side went on to win the Group B game 2-0. Zapater had joined Genoa from Real Zaragoza that summer and said: "This goal means a lot to me. Things could not be going better: we are winning games, playing well, the fans are happy and I also scored today. I didn't know it was the first goal in the Europa League group stage, but I knew it was an important goal for us."

No500: Liedson (SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL 2-2 Club Atlético de Madrid)
18/03/10, round of 16 second leg
Liedson responded to a Sergio Agüero strike – Atlético's 350th in UEFA competition – by heading his team level at 1-1 some 19 minutes into a frenzied first half. It would be 2-2 by the interval, Anderson Polga cancelling out a second Agüero effort, but no further goals – coupled with a preceding 0-0 draw in the away leg – meant the Spanish club moved a step closer to their ultimate final success. "The boss [Quique Sánchez Flores] gave me a hug at the end – he looked really happy," Agüero said. Leões captain João Moutinho told UEFA.com: "We gave everything to win, but we couldn’t convert any of our second-half chances."

No1,000: Alan (SC BRAGA 2-0 KKS Lech Poznań)
24/02/11, round of 32 second leg
Alan notched the competition's 1,000th goal after eight minutes to nullify Lech's 1-0 first-leg advantage, and with Lima scoring again before the break, the Arsenalistas' fairy-tale journey to the all-Portuguese final continued – though they would lose the decider to FC Porto. After the match, which set up a round of 16 meeting with Liverpool FC, midfielder Custódio told UEFA.com: "[Then Liverpool midfielder] Raul Meireles is a friend who I played with for several years in Portugal's youth teams. Of course I want to beat him, but one thing's for sure, it won't be easy." Braga, however, were to win through.

No1,500: Artur Sobiech (HANNOVER 96 3-1 FC Vorskla Poltava)
15/12/11, group stage
A summer signing from KSP Polonia Warszawa, Poland striker Artur Sobiech claimed his first goal for the Bundesliga club to make it 3-1, with that tap-in being the 1,500th goal in the competition. "I hope we can stay in the Europa League for as long as possible – it's a lot of fun," said his team-mate Altin Lala afterwards. Hannover coach Mirko Slomka's group stage debutants would do just that, battling on until the quarter-finals where they bowed out to eventual victors Atlético. "Our disappointment outweighs our pride at coming this far," forward Jan Schlaudraff later reflected.

No2,000: Edinson Cavani (AIK 1-2 SSC NAPOLI)
22/11/12, group stage
Also the last goal recorded at Solna's Råsundastadion, Cavani's effort kept him top of the 2012/13 scorers chart with six goals and sent ten-man Napoli into the round of 32. It was another marquee moment for the Uruguay attacker, who had matched Falcao's record of four goals in a UEFA Europa League game in the 4-2 Group F win against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk two weeks before. In Stockholm, Cavani reflected on Brazil's 5-2 victory over Sweden in the 1958 FIFA World Cup final, saying: "I'm very happy to have scored where a certain Pelé scored many years ago. The important thing, however, was the victory."

Last updated: 04/12/13 18.58CET

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