PSV, Sporting, Anderlecht Perfect in Europa League; Stoke, Tottenham Win
PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon and Anderlecht maintained their perfect records in soccer’s Europa League as Stoke and Tottenham stayed atop their groups.
Georgino Wijnaldum scored with a 70th-minute penalty as PSV beat Hapoel Tel-Aviv 1-0 last night to take a three-point lead after three games in Group C of Europe’s second-tier club competition. Sporting beat Vaslui 2-0 to open up a seven-point lead in Group E, while Anderlecht’s 2-0 win at Sturm Graz kept it three points ahead in Group L.
Roman Pavlyuchenko scored with a free kick in the 33rd minute as Tottenham defeated Rubin Kazan 1-0. Spurs lead Group A by two points over PAOK Salonika, a 2-1 winner over Shamrock Rovers.
Chris Woods’s goal in the 10th minute of stoppage time gave Birmingham a 2-1 win over Club Bruges that left the teams tied atop Group H with six points. The game had a lengthy delay when Birmingham’s Pablo Ibanez was knocked unconscious after clashing heads with Bruges’s Joseph Akpala.
FC Twente beat Odense 4-1 to move three points ahead in Group K over Fulham, which lost 1-0 at Wisla Krakow in a match in which both teams had a player sent off.
Mehdi Benatia and Antonio Floro Flores scored in the final two minutes as Udinese beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 to take a three-point lead in Group I. Celtic tied 1-1 with Rennes in the other group match.
Schalke routed AEK Larnaca 5-0 to stay one point ahead in Group J over Maccabi Haifa, which also won 5-0 over AEK Athens. Metalist Kharkiv scored three times after Jonathan Cristaldo was red-carded to defeat Malmo 4-1 and move to the top of Group G.
Hannover drew 2-2 with Copenhagen to stay tied for the Group B lead with Standard Liege, which played a scoreless tie with Vorskla Poltava.
Fernando Llorente scored with two penalty kicks as Athletic Bilbao rallied for a 2-2 tie with Red Bull Salzburg in Group F. Athletic leads Salzburg and Paris St. Germain, which drew 0-0 at Slovan Bratislava, by one point.
The two top teams in each of the 12 groups advance to the knockout phase along with the eight third-place finishers from the elite Champions’ League group stage.