After a top start in the Dutch league, the newcomer from Eindhoven also scores a goal on his debut in Europe – but it’s not enough to win.
Ex-world champion Mario Götze also scored directly in the Europa League for his new club PSV Eindhoven, but in the end, the Orange started with a defeat. After his goal in the league debut, the former Dortmunder scored 1-0 against FC Granada on Thursday just before half-time. Thanks to goals from Jorge Molina (57th) and Darwin Machis (66th), the Spaniards turned the game to a 2-1 (0-1) victory in just nine minutes. Götze had to leave the field at half-time, the ex-Stuttgart Timo Baumgartl and Philipp Max, who had moved from FC Augsburg to PSV for eight million euros, continued to play.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Bernd Leno took a 2: 1 (0: 1) win away with Arsenal. After the 0-1 deficit of Greece Taxiarchis Fountas (51st), for whom Leno did not look good, David Luiz (70th) and the substitute ex-Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (74th) prevented a nasty surprise within four minutes for the visitors. Coach Mikel Arteta had made six changes to the starting line-up from the Premier League game against Manchester City (0: 1).
Alkmaar surprises in Naples
Despite 13 positively tested players and therefore in quarantine, AZ Alkmaar surprisingly recorded a 1-0 (0-0) victory in the game at SSC Napoli, for which Dani de Wit scored with his goal in the 57th minute. Ex-Leipzig Diego Demme came on as a substitute in the 66th minute, but was also unable to prevent the defeat of Naples.
Luca Waldschmidt during his Europa League debut with Benfica Lisbon and ex-Dortmunder Julian Weigl celebrated a 4-2 (2-1) victory at Lech Posen. The Uruguayan Darwin scored three times (42nd, 60th, 90th + 3), and the Portuguese Pizzi converted a penalty kick for Benfica after nine minutes. Ex-Nuremberg Mikael Ishak was awarded the Poles (15th, 48th).