Liverpool outclass Man Utd in Europa League showdown

Sturridge scored Liverpool's opener from the penalty spot
Sturridge scored Liverpool's opener from the penalty spot

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-0 advantage after the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with arch-rivals Manchester United.

Sturridge struck from the penalty spot after 20 minutes at Anfield and Firmino rewarded Liverpool for their dominance with a second 17 minutes from time.

United had just one shot on target all night and were indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea for keeping them in the tie with some fine saves.

The other Premier League side involved at this stage of the competition, title hopefuls Tottenham, made five changes and paid the price as they were thrashed 3-1 by Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion.

Marco Reus struck twice for the dominant German side in the second after after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who earlier had an effort disallowed - headed a 30th-minute opener.

Holders Sevilla played out a goalless draw at Basle after having Steven Nzonzi sent off three minutes from time for a second bookable offence.

The Spanish side had dominated the second half, with Basle goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik making good saves to deny Nzonzi, Kevin Gameiro and Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Athletic Bilbao's Raul Garcia headed the only goal of a near-farcical first leg of their all-Spanish tie with Valencia.

Garcia glanced in from a free-kick after 20 minutes to give Bilbao the least they deserved from a match played in torrential rain and on a saturated pitch at the Estadio de San Mames.