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.

Dzeko after scoring at Villarreal
Dzeko after scoring at 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.