LIVE – Europa League begins long, fun day; Spurs, Man Utd in action

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There’s a choose-your-own-adventure triple header of UEFA Europa League fun on tap for Thursday, beginning with the only 11 a.m. EDT kickoff between Krasnodar and Fenerbahce.

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The Premier League’s contestants are divided between 1 and 3:05 p.m. EDT matches, with Spurs in Belgium to face KAA Gent at 1 p.m. and Manchester United hosting Saint-Etienne just over two hours later.

Full schedule of Thursday’s first legs

11 a.m. EDT
Krasnodar vs. Fenerbahce

1 p.m. EDT
Alkmaar vs. Lyon
Astra Giurgiu vs. Genk
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Fiorentina
Rostov vs. Sparta Prague
Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Copenhagen
Celta Vigo vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Gent vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Olympiacos vs. Osmanlispor

3:05 p.m. EDT
Manchester United vs. Saint-Etienne
Anderlecht vs. Zenit Saint Petersburg
Villarreal vs. Roma
PAOK vs. Schalke
Hapoel Be’er Sheva vs. Besiktas
Athletic Bilbao vs. Apoel Nicosia
Legia Warsaw vs. Ajax