Jordan Ayew was the star performer among Ghanaian players in the Europa League play-offs first leg ties.

The 21-year-old bagging a brace to help Olympique Marseille defeat Moldovan side FC Sheriff 2-1 in Tiraspol .

Ayew put the French side 1-0 up after 18 minutes with a slamming shot before claiming the maximum points for Elia Baup?s eight minutes after the break with an acrobatic strike.

Elsewhere in Czech Republic, Ukrainian side FC Dnipro surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with FC Slovan Liberec.

Midfielder Derek Boateng was an unused substitute while defender Samuel Inkoom failed to make the first team squad.

Defensive midfielder Awal Issah-Mohammed was on the bench for Rosenborg BK as they shared the spoils with Polish giants Legi Warsaw in a 1-1 draw.

Ibrahim Moro made his Europa League debut after coming off the bench to 11 minutes for AIK Stockholm in their 0-1 home defeat to Russian giants CSKA Moscow.

Striker Kwame Amponsah-Karikari was replaced after 62 minutes.

Defender John Pantsil starred in Hapoel Tel Aviv?s 3-1 triumph over Luxembourg side F91 Dudelange.

Former Asante Kotoko striker Nathaniel Asamoah was introduced in the 79th minute as his Red Star Belgrade side were held to a 0-0 draw by French side Bordeaux.

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