European club competitions can throw up some highly unexpected results. A team like Wolfsburg can be riding high as the second-placed team in the Bundesliga, yet Napoli will come to their ground and hand them a devastating 4-1 defeat, such is the nature of football.
The yesterday match results from the Europa League on Thursday were largely unsurprising, so it was bizarre to see Napoli lead Wolfsburg 4-0 in their home ground before surrendering a late consolation goal in the 80th minute.
Sevilla earned the only other victory of the evening in beating Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 at home, but that away goal will be a concern for the second leg.
In the first of two draws, Dynamo Kiev vs. Fiorentina finished 1-1. La Viola will be pleased to have an away goal for the second leg. Finally, Club Bruges and Dnipro bored fans into submission with a scoreless draw.