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Jones stars for Feyenoord in Europa upset

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016

Socceroo Brad Jones has kept a clean sheet to help lift Dutch club Feyenoord to a famous 1-0 home victory over Manchester United in the Europa League.

United coach Jose Mourinho fielded a reserve-packed side who lost to a late goal from Tonny Vilhena, despite a clear offside at the start of the counter-attack.

The 34-year-old Jones - who moved to Feyenoord this season after a long stint in England including five years at Liverpool - made an important save in the final minute when star United signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic lashed a free kick from long range.

"Fantastic start to the Europa League. And an unbelievable atmosphere in De Kuip (stadium," tweeted Jones, who has made four senior appearances for the Socceroos.

Mourinho was predictably unhappy with the defeat.

"We lose the game in a moment we didn't deserve to," Mourinho said.

"The second half, the game was even. We were always in control. We were trying to win, they were trying not to lose. It is double unlucky because it was a clear offside.

"In the Europa League, we are going to be the team everyone wants to beat."

Fellow heavyweights Inter Milan and Athletic Bilbao also made poor starts to their Europa League group campaigns, losing against Hapoel Beer Sheva and Sassuolo respectively.

Inter surprisingly crashed 2-0 in San Siro against Hapoel Beer Sheva, for whom Miguel Vitor and Maor Bar Buzaglo scored in the second half.

Fellow Italians Fiorentina were held 0-0 at PAOK and Roma could only manage a 1-1 at Viktoria Plzen.

Remarkably, the only Italian side to win were novices Sassuolo - who have never qualified for the European competitions before - with a 3-0 trouncing of 2012 finalists Bilbao on second half goals from Francesco Acerbi, Gregoire Defrel and Matteo Politano.

In that same Group F, Rapid Vienna edged Genk 3-2.

In other action, Southampton thumped Sparta Prague 3-0, Ajax won 2-1 at Panathinaikos and Zenit battled out a late 4-3 win at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Astonishingly, Zenit came from 3-0 down to win with four goals in the last 14 minutes - with Luka Djordjevic hitting the winner in injury time.

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