Julie Ertz's Glorious Farewell and European Football Highlights
Julie Ertz, a celebrated two-time World Cup champion, bid farewell to her illustrious professional soccer career with an impressive 3-0 victory.
In another sporting event, the hosts faced a challenging situation when midfielder Petar Stanic capitalized on a defensive error by West Ham and scored a solo goal, giving Backa an unexpected 1-0 lead after the halftime break.
However, Backa's fortunes took a turn when their defender, Petrovic, inadvertently scored an own goal in the 66th minute. West Ham's midfielder, Mohammed Kudus, added to the London team's tally with a well-placed header, and substitute Tomas Soucek sealed the victory.
Ajax Amsterdam, despite holding a 2-0 lead at home, saw their match against Olympique de Marseille end in a dramatic 3-3 draw, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice for the visiting team.
In another Group B fixture, Brighton & Hove Albion converted two penalties against Greek champions AEK Athens but ultimately lost 3-2 in their home game.
Rangers secured a 1-0 victory against Real Betis, courtesy of a second-half goal by Senegal forward Abdallah Sima, while Sporting came from behind to claim a late 2-1 victory against Austria's Sturm Graz.
In the world of European football, Atalanta's Charles De Ketelaere and Ederson found the net in the second half, securing a solid 2-0 win for the Serie A side against Polish champions Rakow Czestochowa.
Liverpool faced an early setback but managed to recover from a one-goal deficit, ultimately winning 3-1 against Austria's LASK Linz in their Group E match earlier on Thursday.