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The 5: Biggest shocks of Europa League

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The Europa League may only be in its fifth year since its name change and reform but the tournament has already thrown up some great games and some shock results.

Following last night's surprise 1-0 defeat for Lazio against Ludogorets Razgrad, here's a list of five of the biggest shocks.

1) Fulham 4-1 Juventus. One of the biggest shocks of the first season was the progress of Fulham. The Cottagers marched all the way to the final, dispatching clubs that should have beaten them. The most impressive Fulham victory came in March 2010, when they beat the Italian giants, Juventus. Fulham were 3-1 down after first leg and in a desperate need for a miracle. That's exactly what they got.

It started badly for Fulham with David Trezuguet scoring in the second minute to take the the aggregate score to 4-1. Bobby Zamora got the ball rolling before Zoltan Gera got two, either side of the half time break, levelling the tie. The magic moment came in the 82nd minute when Clint Dempsey chipped Fulham through, much to the fans surprise and delight. It's still regarded as one of the most famous victories at Craven Cottage.

2) Atletico Madrid 2-3 Aris. This shock results came 7 months after Atletico had lifted the trophy. The Spainards had De Gea, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero and Jose Antonio Reyes all starting, yet they couldn't stop the Greeks taking a famous victory. The victory propelled Aris into the next round whilst holders Atletico were eliminated in the group stages.

3) Manchester United 2-3 Athletic Bilbao 3. Bilbao managed to reach the final in 2012 but they caused one of the biggest shocks on the way. Before the first leg at Old Trafford, Bilboa weren't given a sniff of hope. Yet they weren't intimidated by the occasion. They stuck to their gameplan, played their own way and out witted their way past the Manchester outfit.

In the second leg, the story was similar despite United chasing the game. Bilbao hung on and earned plenty of plaudits for the manner in which they did so.

4) Metalist Kharkiv 8-1 Salzburg (over two legs). Salzburg may not be giants of the European circuit but the Ukrainian minnows humbled them over two legs in the 2011/12 campaign. A 4-0 away win got the Ukrainians off to a blistering start before they confirmed their place in the last 16 with a 4-1 victory at home. Metalist managed to reach the quarter finals before losing out to Sporting Lisbon.

5) Tottenham 3-0 Inter Milan. Spurs welcomed the Italians over expecting the worst, but determined to try and not make it a one sided contest. Led by Gareth Bale, Tottenham shocked Inter into submission. Goals from Bale, Sigurdsson and Vertonghen handed Tottenham a surprise advantage at the half way point of the tie.

Inter won the following leg but Adebayor's extra time goal saved Spurs blushes. A shock win that sent them into the next round, where they crashed out to Basel.

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