Spurs Dominate Dinamo Tbilisi and Other Europa League Recaps
Europa League Playoff action was in full swing today with multiple matches taking place all over Europe.
Here are a few brief recaps and highlights of some of the more high profile matches.
Dinamo Tbilisi vs. Tottenham Hotspur
It did not take long for one of the English Premier League’s top clubs Tottenham Hotspur to find the back of the net against Dinamo Tbilisi, a club based in the capital of Georgia, in Europa League Playoff play.
The London-based club easily won the match 5-0.
The 22-year-old English winger Andros Townsend opened the scoring for Spurs in the 12th minute with a brilliant individual run that started from his own defensive half. His left-footed strike from outside the 18-yard box is one that is certain to get Spurs supporters excited.
Paulinho and Danny Rose each added a goal in the winning effort. Spaniard Roberto Soldado secured a brace as well, helping Spurs cruise to the relaxing victory against the clearly overwhelmed Georgian club.
Swansea City vs. Petrolul Ploiesti
Spurs were not the only English side to barrage the back of the net. Swansea City also dropped five goals in its Europe League Playoff match in a 5-1 win against Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti.
Englishman Wayne Routledge opened the scoring in the 14th minute after being setup with an intelligent dummy inside the 18-yard box by Michu. It was Routledge’s first of two goals in the match.
Michu got into the scoring action himself just eight minutes later with a close-range left-footed finish to give Swansea a two-nil lead.
Wilfried Bony and substitute Alejandro Pozuelo each added a goal in the winning effort.
Sevilla vs. Slask Wroclaw
The Spanish club Sevilla got in on the multiple-goal action themselves, besting Polish side Slask Wroclaw 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League Playoff.
The favorites Sevilla certainly had to sweat more than both Spurs and Swansea did in their matches after giving up the first goal in the 16th minute of the match thanks to a strike from Portuguese footballer Marco Paixao.
Croatian international Ivan Rakitic knotted the score for the home side just about 20 minutes later with a tricky free kick that swerved past the Slask Wroclaw goalkeeper.
Marko Marin pitched in with a brace and Kevin Gameiro added another goal to give Sevilla a solid goal differential advantage heading into the second leg.
For the rest of the scores:
|Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|Aktobe||2 - 3||Dynamo Kiev|
|FK Karabakh||0 - 2||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Jablonec||1 - 2||Real Betis|
|Kuban Krasnodar||1 - 0||Feyenoord|
|Din. Tbilisi||0 - 5||Tottenham|
|Maccabi Haifa||2 -0||Astra Giurgiu|
|FC Minsk||0 - 2||Standard Liege|
|Atromitos||1 - 3||AZ Alkmaar|
|Salzburg||5 - 0||Zalgiris Vilnius|
|St.Gallen||1 - 1||Spartak Moscow|
|Molde||0 - 2||Rubin Kazan|
|Esbjerg fB||4 -3||Saint Etienne|
|Nomme JK Kalju||1 -3||Dnipro|
|FH Hafnarfjordur||0 -2||Genk|
|Elfsborg||1 -1||FC Nordsjælland|
|Tromsø||2 - 1||Besiktas|
|Apollon Limassol||2 - 0||Nice|
|Swansea||5 - 1||Petrolul Ploiesti|
|Vojvodina||1 - 1||FC Sheriff|
|Rijeka||2 - 1||VfB Stuttgart|
|Chernomorets O.||1 - 0||Skenderbeu|
|Partizan Belgrade||1 - 0||Thun|
|Udinese||1 - 3||Liberec|
|Zulte-Waregem||1 - 1||APOEL Nicosia|
|Rapid Wien||1 - 0||Dila Gori|
|Sevilla||4 - 1||Slask Wroclaw|
|Estoril||2 - 0||FC Pasching|
Scores from UEFA.
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