Schalke win, Tottenham draw in Europa League
Franco Di Santo claimed a 17-minute hat trick Thursday as Schalke beat Asteras Tripoli 4-0 in the Europa League, while Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Tottenham, Ajax and Celtic were held to draws.
Di Santo completed his feat with a penalty before halftime and Klaas Jan Huntelaar rounded off the scoring in the 84th with his 49th goal in UEFA competitions for Schalke to take charge of Group K with seven goals scored and none conceded in two games.
Sparta Prague defeated APOEL 2-0 to stay two points behind the Gelsenkirchen-based side.
Dortmund drew 1-1 at PAOK despite dominating possession. Robert Mak put the Greek side ahead in the 34th, before Gonzalo Castro equalized in the 72nd when Jonas Hoffman’s dummy deceived goalkeeper Robin Olsen. It was Dortmund’s third consecutive draw after starting the season with 11 straight wins across all competitions.
Riot police intervened
the beginning of the second half when visiting fans lit flares and threw some toward the pitch and PAOK supporters. Eight German fans were arrested.
FC Midtjylland’s Paul Onuachu, right, scores during the Group D Europa League soccer match between Club Brugge and FC Midtjylland at Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium, Thursday, Oct. 1.