Friday, November 04, 2011

UEFA Europa League: Thursday's Review & Reports

PSV Eindhoven and Legia Warsaw secured qualification from Group C of the Europa League. PSV came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against Hapoel Tel Aviv in a thrilling game in Eindhoven, which led to the Israeli side's elimination. Warsaw made the knockout stages after beating Rapid Bucharest 3-1 in a fiery encounter in Poland in which both sides finished with 10 men. Atlético Bilbao also qualified for the knockout stages, edging Salzburg 1-0. The Basque club's unbeaten streak extended to nine games in all competitions under the former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa. Paris Saint-German moved into second place in the group with a 1-0 win over Slovan Bratislava, as the French club's £36m signing Javier Pastore proved his worth by scoring with a 63rd-minute volley. Bratislava were eliminated. FC Twente guaranteed progression to the knockout stages after the substitute Leroy Fer's 82nd-minute strike gave them a 3-2 win over the Danish side Odense BK. Fulham also closed in on qualification as goals from Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell and an Andrew Johnson brace earned a 4-1 win over Wisla Krakow at Craven Cottage.


Fulham 4 - 1 Wisla Krakow
Jamie Jackson at Craven Cottage

Birmingham City 2 - 2 Club Brugge
Stuart James at St. Andrew's

Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham

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