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.
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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.
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