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Europa League wrap: Spurs edge Rubin, Stoke beat Tel Aviv

20 October 2011 23:33

Tottenham Hotspur lead Europa League Group A following a 1-0 victory over Rubin Kazan on Thursday, while Stoke City also won.

Russia international Roman Pavlyuchenko struck in the 32nd minute at White Hart Lane to settle a tight contest in Tottenham's favour.

They now top the group with seven points, three ahead of third-placed Rubin.

PAOK Salonika are second on five points following a 2-1 win at home to Irish club Shamrock Rovers.

Tottenham's domestic rivals Stoke saw off Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3-0 to head Group E by two points.

Goalscorer Cameron Jerome was sent off two minutes before half-time at the Britannia Stadium, and the Israeli visitors also finished with 10 men when Yoav Ziv received his marching orders on 54 minutes.

Two Fernando Llorente penalties helped Athletic Bilbao come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to SV Salzburg in Group F.

And Paris Saint-Germain were held 0-0 away to Slovan Bratislava.

Standard Liege stayed top of Group B following their goalless draw at home to Vorskla, and FC Copenhagen twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Hannover.

Georgino Wijnaldum's penalty handed Group C leaders PSV Eindhoven a 1-0 victory at Hapoel Tel-Aviv, and second-placed Legia Warsaw won at Rapid Bucuresti by the same score-line.

Sporting Lisbon are now seven points clear in Group D following their 2-0 win at home to FC Vaslui, while Serie A side Lazio were held 1-1 in their match away to FC Zurich.

In Group I, Udinese had late goals from Mehdi Benatia and Antonio Floro Flores to thank for their 2-0 win at home to Atletico Madrid, sending them three points clear at the top of the group.

And Scottish Premier League side Celtic came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at Stade Rennes, with Joe Ledley cancelling out an own goal from team-mate Cha Du-Ri.

Metalist Kharkiv top Group G after coming from behind to win 4-1 at Malmo, while AZ Alkmaar fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Austria Vienna.

English Championship club Birmingham defeated Club Brugge 2-1 away from home to move top of Group H.

Braga are third in the group, behind Brugge, after drawing 1-1 at bottom side NK Maribor.

Group J bore witness to two thrashings, as Schalke won 5-0 at AEK Larnaca, and Maccabi Haifa defeated Steaua Bucuresti by the same score-line.

Twente took the lead in Group K after beating Odense BK 4-1, and English Premier League side Fulham went down 1-0 at Wisla Krakow.

Finally, Anderlecht continued their 100 percent start to Group L with a 2-0 win at Sturm Graz, while Lokomotiv Moscow saw off AEK Athens 3-1.

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