Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Europa League

Newcastle, Atletico, Anzhi through



Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o scored to help ambitious Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala beat Udinese 2-0 and reach the Europa League knockout stages on Thursday, eliminating the Italians in the process.

Titleholders Atletico Madrid qualified with a 1-0 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv but last season's runners up Athletic Bilbao, whose game in Israel against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona was postponed for security reasons, were knocked out without playing.

Sparta Prague, Levante, Genk, Lazio, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Fenerbahce, Viktoria Plzen, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Girondins Bordeaux, Newcastle United and Napoli also went through.

Lazio's goalless draw at home to Tottenham was played against a backdrop of violence after 10 supporters of the English side were injured in an attack on a Rome pub by dozens of masked men in the early hours of Thursday.

Police said that among 15 Italians detained were two fans of AS Roma, Lazio's bitter rivals, who were charged with violence and grievous bodily harm.

Lazio were fined €40 000 by Uefa last month for racist chanting by their fans at the first game in London which also ended goalless.

Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, who played for both clubs, was a guest of honour at the Group J match.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito paraded Gascoigne around the pitch and fans held a huge banner with his photograph.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, struggling to impose himself as No 1 with Brad Friedel playing more regularly, had an excellent game as the Londoners stayed in contention to go through in the final round of group games.

"It was not easy, we struggled against a good Lazio team. They controlled the game, they were well-organised and we had trouble to find space, so it is a good point for us," he told French TV.

"I may have had much more work than usual in the Europa League, it is good for me and it is good for the team to grab a point."

Christopher Samba and Eto'o scored in a three-minute spell in the second half to steer Guus Hiddink's Anzhi team into the last 32.

Samba headed in from a corner and former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward Eto'o raced clear of the Udinese defence before slotting the ball past Zeljko Brkic, ending an unhappy European campaign for the Serie A side who missed out on the Champions League after losing on penalties to Braga.

The Group A match was played in Moscow after Uefa refused to let Anzhi stage matches in the violence-plagued Dagestan region for security reasons.

This video is not available in your region
TWENTE OUT

In the group's other game, Liverpool twice led but were held to a 2-2 draw by Young Boys after Montenegro's Elsad Zverotic struck for the Swiss visitors with a 25-metre rocket in the 88th minute.

Sparta Prague's 1-1 draw at home to Lyon in Group I sent them through alongside the already-qualified Ligue 1 outfit, but the result meant elimination for Marcelo Bielsa's Athletic.

Steve McLaren's Twente Enschede were also knocked out after being held to a scoreless draw by Hanover 96.

Elyaniv Barda's first-half header gave Genk a 1-0 win at Videoton as the Belgians progressed from Group G into the round of 32.

Napoli went through in dramatic style when Edinson Cavani, who scored four goals in their previous match against Dnipro, converted a penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage time for a 2-1 win at AIK after they had been reduced to 10 men.

Salvatore Aronica was sent off for the visitors for bringing down Mohamed Bangura as he had a run on goal.

Two first half goals from Brazilian Jussie led Bordeaux to a 2-1 win at Bruges in Group D while Newcastle's 1-1 draw at home to Maritimo in the same group was enough for them to progress.

Bekir Irtegun scored with a bicycle kick to give Fenerbahce a 1-0 win at Olympique Marseille in Group C, connecting acrobatically after a Cristian corner had been flicked on.

An early goal by Raul Garcia gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 over Hapoel and a place in the last 32 and Czech side Viktoria Plzen followed them through from Group B by drawing 1-1 at Academica Coimbra.

This video is not available in your region


Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
How do you pay tribute to Thierry Henry?
If you’re a fan of the classic musical “The Sound of Music” then you will be familiar with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Some refs invite criticism
Why is it that some referees appear to invite criticism? Why is it that some referees put a...

Neil Tovey
Backing Tinkler for the big time
With Vladimir Vermezovic having jumped ship, Orlando Pirates find themselves in a state of flux.

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Wenger in or out? I say out!
After Arsenal’s loss to Stoke City this past weekend, the call for Arsene Wenger to step down as...

Sunday Oliseh
Football's new undisputed best club?
When Barcelona appointed Pep Guardiola as head coach in 2008, their primary objective was to stop...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Make or break time
Ten years ago today, I remember Andy Gray's iconic commentary at Anfield, when Steven Gerrard...