Everton win in Wayne Rooney's return; AC Milan narrowly beat CSU Craiova
Wayne Rooney's Everton return threatened to turn into embarrassment before captain Leighton Baines struck to give his side a slender 1-0 first-leg lead in their Europa League third qualifying round clash with Ruzemberok.
The Slovakian minnows hit the bar prior to Baines' 65th minute intervention and almost grabbed an equaliser to take into next week's second leg when substitute Milos Lacny missed a glorious chance late on.
Rooney had a handful of chances to mark his second competitive debut for his boyhood club with a goal, but there was no mistaking the frustration of a side who started with £100 million of new signings in their lineup.
AC Milan's offseason spending spree paid a quick dividend when new signing Ricardo Rodriguez scored in a 1-0 win at CSU Craiova.
The Switzerland defender's 44th-minute free kick from the right flank eluded everyone in the penalty area to find the net.
After a three-season absence from European action, Milan has invested around $250 million in strengthening their squad and should advance from the second leg at San Siro next Thursday.
Also in Romania, the son of Brazilian 2002 World Cup winner Rivaldo, known as Rivaldinho, scored from distance in the 54th to level the match and earn Dinamo Bucharest a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
Graeme Shinnie struck a majestic winner as Aberdeen recorded a 2-1 victory over Apollon Limassol at Pittodrie.
The Dons skipper capped an inspirational display by swerving a 25-yard effort into the top corner in the 78th minute of the third qualifying-round first leg.
Valere Germain scored a hat trick in Marseille's 4-2 win over visiting Oostende.
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