Tottenham Hotspur thrashed a poor Hearts side 5-0 at Tynecastle in the first leg of their Europa League despite injury problems dogging the north London side.
Jermain Defoe doubled their lead eight minutes later when he lashed home from 20-yards and Jake Livermore got the third, his first goal for the club, after a one-two with Defoe put him through on goal.
After spell of domination from Hearts at the start of the second-half Gareth Bale made it 4-0 to Spurs when Tom Huddlestone clipped a superb pass over the top of the opposing back line for the Welshman to run onto and round the keeper.
And Aaron Lennon grabbed the fifth as he tapped home a cross from Defoe as the north Londoners wrapped up the rout.
Rangers suffered an agonising injury time defeat at the hands of Slovenian outfit Maribor, the Scottish side took the lead thanks to Spaniard Juanma Ortiz’ 18th minute goal but Agim Ibraimi equalised ten minutes into the second period.
It looked like the game would finish as a draw but with just seconds left in the match forward Etien Velikonja struck to give Maribor the lead going into the second leg.
While Championship side Birmingham City couldn’t find a way past Portuguese side Nacional as the sides played out a 0-0 draw despite the Blues hitting the woodwork three times.
Celtic and Sion also had to settle for the same scoreline as they as found it hard to breakdown each other down at Celtic Park.
The second legs of these ties will be played on Thursday August 25.