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Europa League wrap: Defoe sparks Spurs, Anzhi topple Liverpool

8 November 2012 21:35

Tottenham Hotspur earned a much-needed 3-1 win over Maribor thanks to Jermaine Defoe's hat-trick in the Europa League.

The England international ignited Spurs' campaign with a brilliant volley on 22 minutes from Gareth Bale's cross and added another two in the second half after Robert Beric capitalised on an error to equalise for Maribor.

It was a first win of the competition for Andre Villas-Boas' side after three draws and moves them up to second in Group J behind leaders Lazio, who brushed aside Greek side Panathanaikos 3-0.

Forward Libor Kozak put the Italian side 2-0 up at half-time with a pair of strikes before Sergio Floccari added the insurance shortly before the hour mark, for Lazio's second win from four games.

Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages took a hit with a 1-0 defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala.

Guus Hiddink's money-rich Russian outfit took advantage of Brendan Rodgers' largely inexperienced line-up with Ivorian striker Lacina Traore producing a moment of magic on the stroke of half-time.

Jordan Henderson spurned Liverpool's best chance at the Stadion Lokomotiv as Rodgers made nine changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.

Anzhi lead Group A with seven points from Liverpool on six, while Udinese are third with four despite a 3-2 loss to Young Boys (three points).

Alan Pardew's Newcastle fought back from two goals down to rescue a point at Club Brugge with second-half goals from Vurnon Anita and Shola Ameobi.

The Belgian side went ahead through efforts from Ivan Trickovski and Jesper Jorgensen but nearly dropped all three points when Yohan Cabaye's late free-kick hit the bar.

Newcastle lead Group D with eight points from Bordeaux (seven), who defeated Portugal's Maritimo 1-0, Club Brugge (four) and Maritimo (two).

Holders Atletico Madrid slumped to their first defeat of this year's tournament, going down 2-0 to Academica courtesy of a pair of strikes from Wilson Eduardo.

The La Liga side can qualify with one more win from their remaining two games to join undefeated Czech side Viktoria Plzen in the next phase after they trounced Hapoel Tel Aviv 4-0 in the other Group B clash.

Edinson Cavani produced a staggering individual display with all four goals in Napoli's 4-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

The Ukrainian side still top the group with nine points from Napoli on six and Swedish side AIK after they downed PSV 1-0.

Inter Milan fielded an experimental line-up and still progressed to the next phase with a 3-1 win at Partizan along with Rubin Kazan, who won 1-0 at Azerbaijan side Neftci.

Both have 10 points from four games and will progress regardless of their final two results.

Lyon won their fourth straight game and knocked out 2012 finalist Athletic Bilbao with a 3-2 win.

Alexandre Lacazette scored in the second half for the French side to break the deadlock and send them through to the knockout stage.

Lyon lead Group I with 12 points from Sparta Prague, who drew 1-1 with third-placed Israeli side Ironi Kiryat Shmona.

In Group C, Turkey's Fenerbahce top the table with 10 points after a third straight win over AEL 2-0, while Borussia Moenchengladbach are locked on five points with Marseille after the sides played out a 2-2 draw.

Romanian outfit Steaua Bucharest took command of Group E with a 2-1 win at Norwegian side Molde while Germany's Stuttgart moved up to second in the group with a 2-0 win at Copenhagen.

Bayer Leverkusen and Metalist will top Group K after moving to 10 points each following 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Rosenborg and Rapid Vienna respectively.

Hannover edged Helsingborg in Group L and lead the table from Levante, who played out a goalless draw with Dutch side FC Twente.

Genk top the pile in a tight Group G despite a 1-1 draw at Sporting Lisbon while Basel moved within a point of second-placed Videton with a 1-0 win over them at St Jakob-Park.

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