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Europa League roundup: Gary Neville's six-goal Valencia hammer Rapid Vienna

Gary Neville's Valencia score six unanswered goals on an entertaining evening of Europa League football.

Just a matter of days after Gary Neville had recorded his first La Liga victory as head coach of Valencia, the Englishman watched on tonight as his side smashed six goals past a hapless Rapid Vienna in the first leg of their last-32 Europa League clash.

Valencia's first five goals at the Mestalla came before the break, with playmaker Santi Mina scoring twice and assisting the other three. The scoring was completed in the 90th minute by second-half substitute Rodrigo.

Alvaro Negredo celebrates during the Europa League game between Valencia and Rapid Vienna on February 18, 2016© Getty Images

As for Neville's former side Manchester United, they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of a FC Midtjylland side that had not played a competitive fixture for two months.

Memphis Depay gave the Red Devils the lead in Denmark, but the hosts hit back through Pione Sisto and Paul Onuachu.

Louis van Gaal looks distraught during the Europa League game between FC Midjtylland and Manchester United on February 18, 2016© Getty Images

Elsewhere, England's other representatives in the competition - Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool - drew away at Fiorentina and Augsburg respectively.

Borussia Dortmund came out on top in what many people regarded to be the tie of the round against Porto thanks to a goal in either half from Lukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus.

Lukasz Piszczek celebrates with teammates during the Europa League game between Borussia Dortmund and Porto on February 18, 2016© Getty Images

Fernando Llorente notched twice in Sevilla's 3-0 triumph over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde, while Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne won by the odd goal in five against Basel.

There were home victories for Anderlecht, Villarreal and Sparta Prague, whereas Athletic Bilbao, Braga and Bayer Leverkusen all recorded wins on the road. Meanwhile, there was nothing to split the sides in Galatasaray's home encounter with Lazio and Schalke 04's trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The second legs will all take place next Thursday evening.

Results in full: Anderlecht 1-0 Olympiacos, Dortmund 2-0 Porto, Midtjylland 2-1 Man United, Fiorentina 1-1 Spurs, Sevilla 3-0 Molde, St Etienne 3-2 Basel, Villarreal 1-0 Napoli, Augsburg 0-0 Liverpool, Galatasaray 1-1 Lazio, Marseille 0-1 Athletic Bilbao, Shakhtar 0-0 Schalke, Sion 1-2 Braga, Sparta Prague 1-0 Krasnodar, Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Leverkusen, Valencia 5-0 Rapid

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Louis van Gaal looks distraught during the Europa League game between FC Midjtylland and Manchester United on February 18, 2016
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