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Wolves, Celtic enjoy Europa play-off wins

By AAP Newswire

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Celtic have earned Europa League play-off round first-leg victories on Thursday, while Rangers were held in Poland.

Wolves scored a thrilling 3-2 win in Turin thanks to an own goal by Gleison Bremer and strikes from Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez, while Lorenzo De Silvestri and Andrea Belotti struck for their Italian hosts to keep the tie alive ahead of the second leg at Molineux.

Celtic - still missing Socceroos Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani - beat Stockholm's AIK 2-0 at home with James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard netting second half goals to put one foot in the group stage.

"It was a great performance from everyone," Celtic coach Neil Lennon said.

"Two great goals, a clean sheet as well. The only complaint was we didn't get more goals.

"It's a decent lead, but we're capable of scoring over there and that's important."

Steven Gerrard's Rangers earned a creditable 0-0 draw at Polish side Legia Warsaw while Shayne Lavery was the hero for Northern Ireland's Linfield after the 20-year-old scored the second and third goal.

Elsewhere, Kevin Lucien Zohi's 33rd minute strike earned Ligue 1 club Strasbourg victory over last season's semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt.

Espanyol beat Zorya Luhansk 3-1 in Spain, while three goals in 14 second half minutes helped PSV Eindhoven to a 3-0 home win over Cypriots Apollon Limassol.

Feyenoord beat Hapoel Beer Sheva by the same scoreline thanks to a brace from Leroy Fer and Sam Larsson's opener.

Astana and Malmo were also 3-0 winners over Bate Borisov and Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv respectively, while Turkey's Trabzonspor - minus recent signing Daniel Sturridge - won 3-1 in Greece against AEK Athens.