Meschak shines as Young Boys overcome Leverkusen

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Congolese striker Elia Meschak was influential as Young Boys defeated Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League.

The 23-year-old netted his first goal of the competition when it was needed the most as the Swiss side got a hard-earned victory on Thursday night .

Christian Fassnacht opened the scoring just three minutes into the game before Theoson Siebatsheu made it two for the hosts after 19 minutes.

Meschak showed a poacher’s instinct to finish from close range and make it three before halftime as the home side was cruising against their Bundesliga visitors.

Patrick Schick netted two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half to pull Leverkusen back into the game before Moussa Diaby completed the come back in the 68th minute to stun Young Boys who struggled to keep up with the pace of the Germans.

Just when the visitors thought they had done enough to take a 3-3 draw back home, Siebatsheu scored his second of the game with a minute left on the clock to seal victory for Young Boys who won 4-3 on the night.

IHEANACHO, NDIDI, AMARTEY & SIMA

Elsewhere, Leicester City were held to a 0-0 draw by Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic.

Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and Kelechi Iheanacho were all involved for Leicester City while Abdallah Sima also played 90 minutes for Prague.

ERIC BAILY & AMAD DIALLO 

The Ivorian played 90 minutes as Manchester United defeated Real Sociedad 4-0 at the Allianz Arena in Italy to put a foot in the next round of the competition.

Amad Diallo made his debut coming on for the last seven minutes of the game replacing Mason Greenwood.

LEON BALOGUN & JOE ARIBO

Aribo netted for Glasgow Rangers as they defeated Royal Antwerp 4-3 in Belgium.

Balogun was introduced in the second half of the game as the visitors looked to close the back door.

PATSON DAKA & ENOCK MWEPU

Things didn’t go well for RB Salzburg at the Red Bull Arena as they lost 2-0 against Villareal.

Daka and Mwepu played the entire 90 minutes for the hosts who now have a mountain to climb in the second leg in Spain.

VICTOR OSIMHEN

Victor Osimhen played the entire game, but could not help Napoli avoid a 2-0 defeat against Granada away from home.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG & NICOLAS PEPE

Aubameyang started and got substituted for Pepe in the second half as Arsenal drew 1-1 against Benfica at the Stadio Olimpico.

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