Europa League Roundup – Thursday

Liverpool were unlucky the lose to the cash rich Russian side Anzhi Mackhachkala in this evenings Europa League. After Rodgers once again named a largely inexperienced side, they were undone by a clever finish by 6ft 8in giant Lacina Traore on the cusp of half time.

They move down to 2nd in the group after tonights defeat, and take on Swiss side Young Boys in their next fixture at Anfield.

Newcastle United came from 2-0 down in Belgium to earn a 2-2 draw with Club Bruges. The Magpies were 2-0 down in just twenty minutes, although two quick fire goals from Vurnon Anita and Shola Ameobi before half time earned Alan Pardew’s side a draw who sit a point clear at the top of Group D.

Tottenham Hotspur overcame NK Maribor 3 – 1 after a hat-trick from Jermain Defoe. Hugo Lloris started in goal for Spurs and gifted a goal to the visitors by kicking the ball directly at the opposition striker who turned it in to make the score 1-1 before half time. A bright moment was at half time as an emotional Fabrice Muamba walked onto The White Hart Lane pitch to a huge round of applause after the former Bolton midfielder encountered a heart attack on the pitch earlier in the year. Spurs sit in 2nd place in the group on 6 points after 4 games.