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Four go through, five-goal Aduriz downs Genk

Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit, all of whom still have perfect records, joined Ajax in sealing early qualification while Aritz Aduriz scored all of Athletic Club's goals in a 5-3 win.

Schalke are one of four teams through to the round of 32 with two games to spare
Schalke are one of four teams through to the round of 32 with two games to spare ©Getty Images

Ajax, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit became the first teams to qualify for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 on a goal-filled night that yielded a competition record five in one game for Athletic Club's Aritz Aduriz.

Matchday four results (click for video highlights, line-ups, stats and more)
Ajax 3-2 Celta Vigo
Anderlecht 6-1 Mainz
APOEL 1-0 Young Boys
Astana 1-1 Olympiacos
Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Viktoria Plzeň
Athletic Club 5-3 Genk
Austria Wien 2-4 Roma
Braga 3-1 Konyaspor
Fenerbahçe 2-1 Manchester United
Fiorentina 3-0 Slovan Liberec
Gabala 1-2 St-Étienne
Gent 3-5 Shakhtar Donetsk
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-0 AZ Alkmaar
Nice 0-2 Salzburg
PAOK 0-1 Qarabağ
Panathinaikos 0-3 Standard Liège
Sassuolo 2-2 Rapid Wien
Schalke 2-0 Krasnodar
Sparta Praha 2-0 Hapoel Beer-Sheva
Southampton 2-1 Internazionale Milano
Villarreal 1-2 Osmanlıspor
Zenit 2-1 Dundalk
Zorya Luhansk 1-1 Feyenoord
Zürich 0-0 Steaua Bucureşti

Thursday's 24 fixtures produced 77 goals, four shy of the high watermark for a single matchday, set in 2010/11.

Schalke, Shakhtar and Zenit have all won their respective sections after maintaining their 100% records. The fourth qualified side, Ajax – 3-2 victors at home to Celta Vigo – require a point against Panathinaikos in three weeks' time to lock down top spot in Group G.

Giuliano took his tally to five with a strike in each half as Mircea Lucescu's Zenit defeated Dundalk 2-1 at a snowy Stadion Petrovskiy in Group D.

Fenerbahçe's Moussa Sow after his breathtaking goal
Fenerbahçe's Moussa Sow after his breathtaking goal©AFP/Getty Images

The former Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk playmaker is level at the head of the 2016/17 scorers' chart with Aduriz, who registered all of Athletic's goals, three of them penalties, in a 5-3 triumph over Genk.

Shakhtar conceded inside 20 seconds away to Gent but recovered to post a 5-3 win of their own that gives them an unassailable lead in Group H. Similarly, Schalke cannot be overhauled in Group I after a 2-0 success against Krasnodar.

Elsewhere, Moussa Sow contributed a goal of the season contender as Fenerbahçe edged out Manchester United 2-1, beating David de Gea with a stunning bicycle kick.

Jeremain Lens doubled the Istanbul club's advantage when he curled in a free-kick. Wayne Rooney responded with a fine effort from outside the area, one that drew him level with Ruud van Nistelrooy as the Old Trafford team's record 38-goal marksman in UEFA club competition. 

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