Europa League Results: Analysis for Sheriff vs. Tottenham and More
Another Thursday, another exciting slate of UEFA Europa League action.
We've got every match covered, with focus on how Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City, Real Betis, Valencia and Fiorentina fared. How did your team do?
We'll give you a hint: two squeezed by, two destroyed their opponents and one suffered a brutal, late equaliser.
All statistics are from WhoScored.
FC Sheriff 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur recorded a third-straight victory in the UEFA Europa League this season to put themselves in pole position to qualify from Group K.
Jan Vertonghen headed home a Christian Eriksen cross early in the first half to give Andre Villas-Boas' side a strong start, but Vlad Chiriches was called into action to make a goal-line clearance shortly after.
Spurs dominated the ball but were unable to produce too many clear-cut chances, and Sheriff looked a real threat on the counter-attack—but for the away side's super offside trap.
Jermain Defoe crowned the victory with a 30-yard strike late on, and in the process he leveled a club record by scoring his 15th European goal.
Shots on target: 2-4
Pass accuracy: 73%-91%
Real Betis 1-0 Vitoria De Guimaraes: Beticos Squeeze by
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Real Betis picked up their first win of the group stage by squeezing a 1-0 victory out of Vitoria de Guimaraes.
The lone goal was scored in the second half by wunderkind Alvaro Vadillo, and what a strike it was. cutting in off the flank and playing a one-two with Joan Verdu, the youngster proceeded to smash an exquisite finish home without hesitation.
The result lifts the Beticos to the top of Group I, level on points with Lyon.
Shots on target: 4-2
Pass accuracy: 72%-80%
Swansea 1-1 Kuban Krasnodar: Late Equaliser Silences South Wales
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Swansea suffered home heartbreak on Thursday as Djibril Cisse stroked home a 93rd-minute penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw for Kuban Krasnodar.
It had been coming, and the point was more than deserved for the Russian outfit, but it seemed as though Michu had sealed all three points with his 68th-minute strike.
The Swans remain top of Group A but must beat a resurgent Valencia side at home later in the competition to assure themselves of qualifying in top spot.
Shots on target: 5-5
Pass accuracy: 87%-75%
Valencia 5-1 St. Gallen: Djukic's Troops Destroy Swiss Minnows
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Valencia destroyed St. Gallen at Mestalla on Thursday evening to the tune of a 5-1 scoreline.
Promising youngster Paco Alcacer opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, then a quick-fire brace from Cartabia all but sealed the victory by the half-hour mark.
Captain Ricardo Costa added a fourth before half-time, and Sergio Canales scored the fifth after 70 minutes, putting Miroslav Djukic's side in total control of the tie.
Stephane Nater scored a consolatory strike for the visitors, who now have an uphill battle to overhaul los Che and Swansea City to qualify.
Shots on target: 13-3
Pass accuracy: 90%-76%
Fiorentina 3-0 Pandurii: Ryder Matos Shows His Potential
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Fiorentina eased to a 3-0 win over Pandurii to record three consecutive wins in Group E.
With Pacos de Ferreira flailing at the bottom of the pile, this has become a rather straight-forward mission for Vincenzo Montella's men, who secured victory courtesy of goals from Joaquin, Ryder Matos and Juan Cuadrado.
The Viola are as good as qualified after a set of sterling European performances with a rotated squad, and the performances of youngster Ryder Matos will have the Artemio Franchi crowd gushing.
Shots on target: 6-4
Pass accuracy: 89%-85%
All the Night's Action
Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 Tromso
Shakhter Karagandy 1-1 AZ Alkmaar
PAOK Thessaloniki 3-2 Maccabi Haifa
Trabzonspor 2-0 Legia Warszawa
Apollon Limassol 0-0 Lazio
Genk 1-1 Rapid Wien
Dynamo Kiev 3-0 Thun
Liberec 1-1 Sevilla
Freiburg 1-1 Estoril
Lyon 1-0 Rijeka
Chornomorets 0-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
Elfsborg 1-2 Esbjerg fB
Salzburg 2-1 Standard Liege
Wigan 1-1 Rubin Kazan
Dinamo Zagreb 0-0 PSV Eindhoven
Zulte-Waregem 1-3 Maribor
Pacos de Ferreira 0-2 Dnipro
Bordeaux 2-1 APOEL Nicosia
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv