Europa League Roundup: Spurs stumble, Liverpool grab first goal under Klopp
Liverpool 1, Rubin Kazan 1
Funny how these things write themselves. In Jurgen Klopp’s first game at Anfield as new manager of Liverpool, it’s a German to break the duck. Emre Can scored just before halftime, moments after Rubin Kazan captain Oleg Kuzmin was sent off, giving Liverpool its first goal under Klopp.
Can’s goal brought the Reds level at 1-1, and the home side completely dominated the entire second half a man up, but could not score, with Christian Benteke coming closest when he hit the post inside the final 10 minutes.
Anderlecht 2, Tottenham 1
Spurs blew an early lead after Christian Eriksen’s 4th minute goal, conceding twice and falling to the Belgian side on Stefano Okaka’s 75th-minute winner. The loss drops Tottenham out of the Group J top spot and down to third (albeit just a point off the top spot), with Anderlecht and Monaco both jump into advancing positions halfway through group play.
FC Qabala 1, Borussia Dortmund 3
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got back on schedule with a hat-trick, bringing his season total to 17 goals in 17 matches across all competitions to ease Dortmund past last year’s third place finisher in the Azerbaijani league. The win maintains Dortmund’s outright lead in Group C, and returns them to Bundesliga play on a high after early October was not kind to them.
FC Midtjylland 1, Napoli 4
Napoli took firm control of Group D behind Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace and a worldly from Jose Callejon. The latter put Napoli in front after 19 minutes on a brilliant ball over the top from Kalidou Koulibaly, which landed at the feat of a streaking Callejon who lifted it superbly on first touch over Mikkel Anderson. Gabbiadini grabbed his brace, and Gonzalo Higuain came on late to add a fourth to move Napoli three points clear of Midtjylland at the top of the group.
Fenerbahce 1, Ajax 0
Turkish club Fenerbahce topped the Dutch leaders with a Fenrandao header in the 89th minute, throwing Group A even further out of whack. These two clubs came into the group stage favorites to go through to the knockout round, but have floundered early. The win moves Fenerbahce into second place behind Molde, while Ajax continues to flounder with just two points through three matches. Robin van Persie was not a part of the Fenerbahce squad.
Braga 3, Olympique Marseille 2
Marseille’s nightmare season continued as they came back late before blowing it just moments later to fall out of an advancing position in Group F. The first half saw no goals, but Braga was suddenly ahead with a pair of goals before the 77th minute. Marseille triumphantly came back with two goals in three minutes to draw level on 87 minutes, but as the season has gone for the French club, they gacked it away when Brazilian winger Alan scored from close range just one minute later to push the Porguguese club in front. Marseille sits in 16th in the Ligue 1 table, and now sit on the outside looking in on their Europa League group as well.
Lazio 3, Rosenborg 1
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0, St. Etienne 1
Lokomotiv Moscow 1, Besiktas 1
Sporting Lisbon 5, Skenderbeu Korce 1
Basel 1, Belenenses 2
Fiorentina 1, Lech Poznan 1
Schalke 2, Sparta Prague 2
Monaco 1, FC Qarabag 1
Villareal 4, Dinamo Minsk 1
AZ Alkmaar 0, Augsburg 1
APOEL 2, Asteras Tripoli 1
Molde 3, Celtic 1
Bordeaux 0, FC Sion 1
PAOK 0, Kuban Krasnodar 0
Legia Warsaw 1, Club Brugge 1
Rapid Vienna 3, Viktoria Plzen 2
Liberec 1, FC Groningen 1