Europa League 2020/21 Matchday 1: Highlights and match reports from all matches featuring British sides including Arsenal's dramatic win in Austria

Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Celtic and Rangers are battling it out for European glory as the Europa League returned on BT Sport.

By Tim Williams Published: 22 October 2020 - 11.57pm

Just 62 days after Sevilla beat Inter in a thrilling final in Cologne, the Europa League returned to BT Sport with five British representatives in the group stage.

Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Celtic and Rangers are all competing to conquer Europe and all were in action on a jam-packed night of action on Thursday.

Read on, or jump to the game of your choice, for highlights of the matches involving British teams or replay links to every other game on Matchday 1.

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Rapid Wien 1-2 Arsenal - Watch Replay

Competition favourites Arsenal negotiated a tricky-looking trip to Vienna by emerging from Austria with all three points thanks to a four-minute turnaround in the second half.

The Gunners were sloppy and struggled to create much in the way of chances in a drab first half despite Thomas Partey impressing on his full debut. 

And laboured play from out the back in the second period allowed Taxiarchis Fountas in to give Rapid a deserved lead six minutes into the half.

Mikel Arteta reacted and threw on talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hector Bellerin to save the day. Nine minutes later they were level - David Luiz heading in Nicolas Pepe's free-kick.

And four minutes later the substitutes combined. Mohamed Elneny's through ball found Bellerin who squared for Aubameyang to score the winner from close range.

Standard Liege 0-2 Rangers - Watch Replay

Rangers got off to a flier in the Europa League by following up last weekend's Old Firm derby victory with a 2-0 win at Standard Liege on Thursday evening.

Against one of the strongest sides in the group, Rangers took the lead in the 19th minute when James Tavernier squeezed in his ninth of the season from the spot.

And late on Kemar Roofe sealed the deal in spectacular fashion. The former Leeds forward dribbled from his own penalty area to the halfway line before spotting Arnaud Bodart off his line.

Roofe then preceded to lob the Liege goalkeeper from inside his own half to ensure Steven Gerrard's men were on their way to all three points.

Leicester 3-0 Zorya Luhansk -Watch Replay

Leicester breezed to a comfortable win in their opening group stage clash as they put Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk to the sword at the King Power Stadium.

With Jamie Vardy out injured, Brendan Rodgers' side punished the visitors for some sloppy defending through James Maddison. 

Fellow Englishman Harvey Barnes then doubled Leicester's lead with a brilliant run-and-finish from Kelechi Iheanacho pass before half time.

And Iheanacho grabbed one of his own in the second half to seal all three points on a successful night for the Nigerian deputising for Vardy.

Tottenham 3-0 LASK - Watch Replay

Gareth Bale made his second full debut for Tottenham as Jose Mourinho's side scored an easy victory over Austrian side LASK Linz. 

The north Londoners went ahead through Lucas Moura who slotted home after being teed up by his compatriot and newboy Carlos Vinicius in the 18th minute.

Bale almost made it a fairytale return to the starting line-up but the Welshman's shot was turned into the LASK net by an unfortunate Andres Andrad for an own goal.

And late on Heung-min Son made sure of the win when he linked up with Ben Davies and Vinicius before drilling into the corner of the net.

Celtic 1-3 AC Milan - Watch Replay

Celtic tasted defeat in their opening Europa League clash as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of AC Milan in Glasgow.

The Hoops started brightly but Milan scored on their first attack of the game when Rade Krunic rose brilliantly to head in Samu Castillejo's wicked cross.

Milan then caught Neil Lennon's side on the counter-attack as ex-Man City and current Real Madrid loanee Brahim Diaz took his time to score a second for the visitors.

Celtic were given a glimmer of hope 14 minutes from time when Mohamed Elyounoussi headed in from Ryan Christie's corner. 

But those hopes were dashed two minutes into injury time as Jens Petter Hauge netted his first for the Rossoneri to make it 3-1.

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