St-Étienne show their teeth, Spurs and Beşiktaş wobble

St-Étienne racked up four goals ahead of Thursday's UEFA Europa League trip to face Manchester United, who also won, but it was a different story for Tottenham, Beşiktaş and Lyon.

Loïc Perrin was among the scorers as St-Étienne beat Lorient 4-0
Loïc Perrin was among the scorers as St-Étienne beat Lorient 4-0 ©AFP/Getty Images

St-Étienne and Manchester United both warmed up in perfect fashion ahead of their round of 32 opener on Thursday, but it was an altogether different story for fellow UEFA Europa League contenders Tottenham and Beşiktaş.

They may have slipped up against Nice in midweek, but St-Étienne responded with panache on Sunday as they swept aside Ligue 1 stragglers Lorient 4-0 to boost confidence for their looming trip to Old Trafford. Four different players found the net in the club's biggest victory in any competition since May 2015.

There were celebrations too for Manchester United as they downed Watford 2-0 to notch up a second consecutive Premier League win following a run of three draws. José Mourinho's men remain sixth but are just two points shy of second-placed Tottenham, whose 2-0 reverse away to Liverpool represented a first defeat in 12 games in all competitions.

Beşiktaş also had a loss to contend with as they succumbed 2-1 away to Karabükspor, though they held on to their lead atop the Turkish Süper Lig. There were losses elsewhere for Lyon and Celta – victims of a late comeback from hosts Atlético – while the likes of Roma, Schalke, Mönchengladbach and Ajax posted victories.

Ajax 2-0 Sparta
Anderlecht 4-2 Zulte Waregem
Karmiotissa Pano Polemidia 0-1 APOEL
Athletic 2-1 Deportivo
Heerenveen 1-2 AZ

Karabükspor 2-1 Beşiktaş
Atlético 3-2 Celta
Bursaspor 1-1 Fenerbahçe
Fiorentina 3-0 Udinese
Sint-Truiden 0-3 Genk
Gent 0-1 Eupen

Hapoel Beer-Sheva 2-1 Hapoel Ashkelon
Arka 0-1 Legia
Montana 0-4 Ludogorets
Guingamp 2-1 Lyon

Manchester United 2-0 Watford
Bremen 0-1 Mönchengladbach
Olympiacos 2-0 Larissa
Osmanlıspor 0-1 Trabzonspor
Xanthi 0-0 PAOK
Crotone 0-2 Roma

Schalke 2-0 Hertha
Shakhtar Donetsk*
Sparta Praha*
St-Étienne 4-0 Lorient
Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
Villarreal 1-1 Málaga

*Not in competitive action