UEFA Europa League Roundup: Tottenham, Newcastle Impress, Liverpool Show Lacklustre Performance

Updated: November 11, 2012

English Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Liverpool all went through the rigours of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League group-stage matches, with each side gripping through tough competition in qualifying for the Round of 32.


Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 NK Maribor


White Hart Lane hosted scenes of strong home-crowd enthusiasm on Thursday as hosts Tottenham Hotspur saw a Jermain Defoe hat-trick strengthen their European qualification bid over Slovenian league titleholders NK Maribor.

Defoe slotted his first on the 22nd minute, but poor defending from the Spurs cost them an equalizer for Robert Beric. The hosts’ first-choice striker, who connected with Gareth Bale most of the time, led his side to two more goals in the second half.


Club Bruges 2-2 Newcastle United


Belgian side Club Bruges hosted Newcastle United in a spellbinding 2-2 draw. Ivan Trickovski and Jesper Jorgensen threatened the Magpies with one goal each made within the game’s first 20 minutes.

Newcastle proved that they were not lagging against Bruges as Vurnon Anita volleyed their first goal against the hosts. Two minutes later, Shola Ameobi followed up a crucial leveller. Failed attempts from Yohan Cabaye and Mohamed Tchite denied either side a victory.


Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 Liverpool


Liverpool went home disappointed after failing to score against aggressive Russian opponents Anzhi Makhachkala in a 1-0 away loss. The inexperience of the Reds’ starting XI before Anzhi’s expensive squad cost them defeat.

Lacina Traore proved to be a staggering force against Liverpool by finding the back of the net through left-footed shot that avoided keeper Brad Jones’ guard. Liverpool’s Joe Cole and Jonjo Shelvey failed to make significant impact despite their relatively better experience.