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Fiorentina secures 3rd straight win, Napoli falls to 1st loss in Europa League group stage

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Fiorentina secured a third straight win in the Europa League but fellow Italian side Napoli's 100 percent record came to an end as Europe's second-tier club competition resumed with the third round of group games Thursday.

Juan Vargas' 38th-minute strike earned Fiorentina a 1-0 victory at PAOK Salonika and a five-point lead in Group K.

Napoli was one of five other teams to have opened the group stage with two wins but slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Swiss team Young Boys in Group I, with Guillaume Hoarau and Leonardo Bertone scoring second-half goals.

PHOTO: French riot police officers run after soccer fans during clashes which broke out in the main square of Lille, northern France, between Lille and Everton supporters, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Everton has urged its fans to avoid gathering in Lille’s main square ahead of their Europa League match late Thursday, a night after Everton fans drinking outside a bar were attacked. Trouble flared late Wednesday when around 50 Lille supporters charged into a group of Everton fans, with two of them requiring hospital treatment. (AP Photo)
French riot police officers run after soccer fans during clashes which broke out in the main square of Lille, northern France, between Lille and Everton supporters, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Everton has urged its fans to avoid gathering in Lille’s main square ahead of their Europa League match late Thursday, a night after Everton fans drinking outside a bar were attacked. Trouble flared late Wednesday when around 50 Lille supporters charged into a group of Everton fans, with two of them requiring hospital treatment. (AP Photo)

Defending champion Sevilla stayed top of Group G on five points with 0-0 draw in Liege, as Feyenoord missed a chance to climb into first place by losing 3-1 at HNK Rijeka of Croatia.

Group H leader Everton drew 0-0 at Lille in a match whose buildup was marred by French riot police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse large groups of visiting fans in Lille's main square.

Fiorentina and Legia Warsaw, which beat Metalist Kharkiv 1-0 on Wednesday, are the only sides with a maximum nine points so far.

Dynamo Kiev, Inter Milan and Dynamo Moscow are also looking for a third straight win in the late kickoffs.

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PHOTO: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, challenges for the ball with Lille's Sebastien Corchia, left, during their Europa League soccer match at the Lille Metropole stadium, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo)
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