Tottenham Draw, Liverpool and Newcastle Win in Europa League Action

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistOctober 25, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  Stewart Downing of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Liverpool FC and FC Anzhi Makhachkala at Anfield on October 25, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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On Thursday, three English Premier League clubs took to the pitch on the third match day of Europa League group play.

After the disappointing results from the clubs involved in the Champions League over the past two days, the job for Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle was to somewhat repair the image of the EPL in Europe while trying to keep a good position in their respective groups.

The Spurs were the first of the three clubs to play on Thursday and they came out of Slovenia with a draw.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas started a strong lineup against the Slovenian champions, Maribor, and they fell behind right before halftime.

Robert Beric scored for the home side in the 42nd minute and sent the home crowd into an uproar as they were close to beating one of Europe's best.

Tottenham did equalize in the second half as Gylfi Sigurdsson put home a shot that came after a few deflected shots from his teammates in the 58th minute.

The draw was the third straight in the competition for Spurs, and they still sit in third place in Group I, two points behind the first-placed Lazio.

Both Liverpool and Newcastle had the benefit of playing at home on Thursday in the group of late kickoffs.

At Anfield, Liverpool hosted Russian Premier League leaders Anzhi in Group A.

After a slow first half, the Reds got on the scoreboard first through a 53rd minute goal from Stewart Downing.

Brendan Rodgers' club were able to hold on to the lead and defeat the big spenders, whose squad included former Blackburn defender, Chris Samba, and former Barcelona forward, Samuel Eto'o.

With the win by the Reds and a 3-1 win by Young Boys over Udinese in the other Group A match, Liverpool have gone to the top of the group with six points, two points ahead of both Anzhi and Udinese.

Newcastle also won 1-0 at home with an early second-half goal over Club Brugge in Group D.

Gabriel Obertan's 48th-minute goal gave the Magpies the lead, and they never looked back against their Belgian visitors.

Newcastle's win, coupled with a 1-1 draw between Maritimo and Bordeaux in Portugal, extended the club's lead on top of the group to three points.

In the current standings, the Magpies have seven points while second-place Bordeaux has four, followed by Club Brugge with three and Maritimo with two.

The next round of Europa League fixtures will be played on November 8th.

Tottenham will host Maribor at White Hart Lane, Liverpool will travel to Russia to face Anzhi and Newcastle heads to Belgium to face Club Brugge.