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WRAP: Europa League

2012-11-22 22:46
Europa League (File)

Berlin - Lazio were held 0-0 by Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday but that was good enough for the Romans to advance into the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

Lazio had a host of chances but were either off target or frustrated by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the group J game.

Belgian side Genk, Spain's Levante and Sparta Prague also moved on, joining Bayer Leverkusen, Hanover, Metalist Kharkiv and Olympique Lyon in the round of 32.

Holders Atletico Madrid were among several teams who could qualify later on Thursday.

In Rome, England icon Paul Gascoigne received a rousing welcome as guest of honour in the meeting of teams he formerly played for.

Spurs started strongly and had an early goal from Gareth Bale harshly ruled out for offside.

But Lazio improved, Cristian Ledesma was denied by the bar and Libor Kozak alone wasted several clear chances, either aiming wide or denied by Lloris.

Lazio may have scored had their German forward Miroslav Klose not been injured and the stalemate was complete when Lloris also managed to stop Michael Ciani's thumping header.

Lazio are through with nine points, while Spurs (seven) can wrap up qualification at home against Panathinaikos Athens (five), who beat bottom side Maribor 1-0 from Vitolo's penalty.

Barda Elganiv scored Genk's early winner in group G at Videoton Szekesfehervar as the Belgians advanced with 11 points. Basel routed Sporting Lisbon 3-0 in the other game to move to eight points, two more than Szekesfehervar.

In group L Hanover (11) drew 0-0 with Twente, who were eliminated on four points because Levante (10) won 3-1 in Helsingborgs from Angel Rodriguez, Papadouli Diop and Vicente Iborra's low shot after the break.

Prague took the first points of Lyon in group I with a 1-1 draw which saw them through. Lyon led from teenager Yassina Benzia but Josef Husbauer's equalizer helped Sparta advance.

The other match between Israel's Kiryat Shmona and the 2012 runners-up Athletic Bilbao was postponed for security reasons but both sides are now out.

Metalist Kharkiv beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 in a match of qualified teams to clinch first place in group K. Jonathan Cristaldo 25 seconds after the restart and a nice effort from Cleiton Xavier in the 85th scored the first goals against Leverkusen in the campaign.

Rubin Kazan defeated Inter Milan 3-0 from Goekdeniz Karadeniz in the second minute and a late double by Salomon Rondon to assure themselves of first place in group H ahead of Inter. Both teams were through ahead of the topper.

Anzhi Makhachkala took a big step towards the knock-out stages with a 2-0 victory over Udinese in the other Italian-Russian duel. Christpher Samba headed Anzhi ahead in the 72nd and the Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o wrapped up matters against the Italians three minutes later before Udinese had Willians sent off.

Anzhi moved four points clear atop group A on 10 points and will definitely be through if the game between Liverpool and Young Boys Berne (six each) later Thursday has a winner.

Europa League results on Thursday:

Group A

Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS) 2 (Samba 72, Eto'o 75) Udinese (ITA) 0

Group G

Basel (SUI) 3 (Schar 23, Stocker 66, Degen 70) Sporting Lisbon (POR) 0

Videoton (HUN) 0 Genk (BEL) 1 (Barda 19)

Group H

Neftci PFK (AZE) 1 (Flavinho 10) Partizan Belgrade (SRB) 1 (Mitrovic 67)

Rubin Kazan (RUS) 3 (Karadeniz 1, Rondon 87, 90+3) Inter Milan (ITA) 0

Group I

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona (ISR) v Athletic Bilbao (ESP) - postponed

Sparta Prague (CZE) 1 (Husbauer 53) Lyon (FRA) 1 (Benzia 46)

Group J

Lazio (ITA) 0 Tottenham (ENG) 0

Panathinaikos (GRE) 1 (Vitolo 67-pen) Maribor (SLO) 0

Group K

Metalist Kharkov (UKR) 2 (Cristaldo 46, Xavier 85) Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 0

Rosenborg (NOR) 3 (Chibuike 28, Elyounoussi 76, Prica 79) Rapid Vienna (AUT) 2 (Schrammel 53, Boyd 66)

Group L

Hannover (GER) 0 Twente (NED) 0

Helsingborgs (SWE) 1 (Sorum 89) Levante (ESP) 3 (Diaz 8, Diop 37, Iborra 81)

Playing later:

Group A

Liverpool (ENG) v Young Boys (SUI)

Group B

Academica Coimbra (POR) v Viktoria Plzen (CZE)

Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Hapoel Tel-Aviv (ISR)

Group C

Marseille (FRA) v Fenerbahce (TUR)

Moenchengladbach (GER) v AEL Limassol (CYP)

Group D

Club Brugge (BEL) v Bordeaux (FRA)

Newcastle (ENG) v Maritimo (POR)

Group E

Molde (NOR) v FC Copenhagen (DEN)

Steaua Bucharest (ROM) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)

Group F

AIK Solna (SWE) v Napoli (ITA)

PSV Eindhoven (NED) v Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)

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