PSG start well; Spurs held

2011-09-15 22:22

Paris - Europa League favourites Paris Saint Germain made a good start to the group stages of this season's competition on Thursday as they eased to a 3-1 win over Salzburg.

In the night's other early matches, there were wins for Sporting Lisbon, Besiktas and PSV Eindhoven but two of the other fancied sides, Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio, were held to draws.

Udinese of Italy and Romania's Steaua Bucharest were due in action later on Thursday.

PSG, who spent heavily in the transfer window thanks to the millions of the new owners, The Qatar Investment Authority, eased to a comfortable victory on home soil against Austrian side Salzburg.

Brazilian midfielder Nene put them ahead 10 minutes before halftime and captain Mathieu Bodmer made it two just before the break.

Jeremy Menez put the result beyond doubt with the third PSG goal midway through the second half and Ibrahim Sekagya's 87th-minute goal was no more than a consolation for the visitors.

Former Liverpool full-back Emiliano Insua was on the scoresheet as Sporting Lisbon won 2-0 at FC Zurich, while Hugo Almeida bagged two goals as Besiktas of Turkey hammered Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv 5-1.

Belgian Dries Mertens scored the only goal of the game as PSV Eindhoven saw off Legia Warsaw 1-0 while Rubin Kazan of Russia, Rapid Bucharest of Romania, Athletic Bilbao of Spain and the Danish side FC Copenhagen all won.

But Tottenham and Lazio will be disappointed after going away with just a point from their respective matches.

English club Tottenham were fortunate to take a share of the points in Greece against PAOK Salonika.

Brazilian defender Lino scored from the penalty spot in the first half for the home side only to be told to retake it because of encroachment, and then missed the second one.

And Lazio, having led FC Vaslui of Romania through Djibril Cisse 10 minutes before half-time, found themselves behind thanks to two goals by Brazilian midfielder Wesley.

But the Romans grabbed a point thanks to a 71st-minute goal from Italian substitute Giuseppe Sculli.