Round of 32: hat-tricks for Džeko and Ibrahimović

The UEFA Europa League resumed with a bang for Edin Džeko and Zlatan Ibrahimović as they both scored hat-tricks in handsome round of 32 first-leg wins for their respective sides.

Edin Džeko turned the tide Roma's way in the second half against Villarreal
Edin Džeko turned the tide Roma's way in the second half against Villarreal ©AFP/Getty Images

Round of 32 first leg results
Anderlecht 2-0 Zenit
Astra 2-2 Genk
Athletic 3-2 APOEL
AZ 1-4 Lyon
Celta 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Gent 1-0 Tottenham
Hapoel Beer-Sheva 1-3 Beşiktaş
Krasnodar 1-0 Fenerbahçe

Legia 0-0 Ajax
Ludogorets 1-2 København
Manchester United 3-0 St-Étienne
Mönchengladbach 0-1 Fiorentina

Olympiacos 0-0 Osmanlıspor
PAOK 0-3 Schalke
Rostov 4-0 Sparta Praha
Villarreal 0-4 Roma

Edin Džeko and Zlatan Ibrahimović registered hat-tricks as Roma and Manchester United took giant strides towards a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

So often the scourge of St-Étienne during his Ligue 1 days, United forward Ibrahimović continued his impressive record against Les Verts in the first leg of the teams' last-32 tie. He completed his treble, sealing a 3-0 win at Old Trafford, with a late penalty in a match where Paul Pogba went head to head with his brother, left-back Florentin.

Džeko is now the leading marksman in the 2016/17 competition with eight goals, one ahead of Aritz Aduriz, who was on target in Athletic Club's 3-2 defeat of APOEL.

Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette (right) is congratulated
Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette (right) is congratulated©AFP/Getty Images

Bosnia and Herzegovina striker Džeko struck three times in 22 second-half minutes at Estadio de la Cerámica, inspiring Roma to a 4-0 triumph over Villarreal. It was the seventh consecutive game in which the 30-year-old has found the net.

Rostov also ran out 4-0 victors, against Sparta Praha. Trailing 1-0, the visitors lost Tiémoko Konaté to a 32nd-minute red card. Lyon recorded a sizeable win of their own, 4-1 at AZ Alkmaar, thanks in part to an Alexandre Lacazette double.

Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, meanwhile, brought up his half-century of goals in UEFA club competition, rounding off a 3-0 success at PAOK a matter of minutes after coming off the bench.

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