Europa League 2013 Results: Breaking Down Biggest Results from Thursday

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 8, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Erik Lamela of Spurs celebrates scoring their first goal with Kyle Walker and Christian Eriksen of Spurs  during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane on November 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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With Matchday 4 of the 2013 UEFA Europa League group stage in the books, a couple of high-powered clubs are staking their claims atop their respective groups while others falter.

From Tottenham, to Fiorentina, to Valencia, to Swansea City; there is no shortage of well-known European football powers that took the stage on Thursday.

Let's take a look at each of the scores from Thursday's group stage affairs, and highlight the most intriguing results.

Matchday 4 Results: 2013 Europa League
Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea CityGroup A
St. Gallen 2-3 ValenciaGroup A
Ludogorets Razgrad 1-1 ChornomoretsGroup B
PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Dinamo ZagrebGroup B
Esbjerg 1-0 ElfsborgGroup C
Standard Liege 1-3 SV SalzburgGroup C
FK Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan AthleticGroup D
NK Maribor 0-1 Zulte-WaregemGroup D
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2-0 Pacos de FerreiraGroup E
Pandurii Targu-Jiu 1-2 FiorentinaGroup E
Apoel Nicosia 2-1 BordeauxGroup F
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-2 Eintracht FrankfurtGroup F
FC Thun 0-2 Dynamo KievGroup G
Rapid Vienna 2-2 Racing GenkGroup G
Estoril 0-0 SC FreiburgGroup H
Sevilla FC 1-1 LiberecGroup H
Guimaraes 0-1 Real BetisGroup I
Rijeka 0-1 LyonGroup I
Lazio 1-0 Apollon LimassolGroup J
Legia Warsaw 0-2 TrabzonsporGroup J
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Sheriff TiraspolGroup K
Tromso 0-1 Anzhi MakhachkalaGroup K
AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Shakhter KaragandyGroup L
Maccabi Haifa 0-0 PAOK SalonikaGroup L


Tottenham Hotspur 2, Sheriff Tiraspol 1

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Jan Vertonghen of Spurs is marshalled by Cadu of  and Ricardinho of FC Sheriff during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane on November 7, 2013 in London, Englan
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Tottenham had little to worry about in Thursday's match against Sheriff Tiraspol, already leading Group K. But that didn't stop them from taking care of business.

After a scoreless first half, Spurs finally got onto the scoreboard in the 60th minute off an Erik Lamela goal and increased their lead six minutes later when Jermain Defoe netted a penalty. 

Despite a 72nd-minute goal from Ismail Isa of Tiraspol, the three points for Andre Villas-Boas' squad was hardly in doubt after the two-goal outburst in the middle of the second half.

Now at 12 points, Tottenham leads Anzhi Makhachkala by five points in Group K and is in control moving forward.


Swansea City 1, Kuban Krasnodar 1

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 03:  Angel Rangel of Swansea City battles with Craig Bellamy of Cardiff City during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Swansea City at Cardiff City Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by
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The English Premier League squad entered Matchday 4 with a firm grasp of the top of Group A, but that all changed in the course of 90 minutes.

Swansea looked determined to hold onto their lead early on over Kuban Krasnodar, with a ninth-minute goal from Wilfried Bony setting the stage.

But despite their 58-42 possession advantage and a 75th-minute red card from Kuban's Xandao, the away side couldn't hold on as they let up a stoppage-time goal from Ibrahima Balde to end things. 

After tying bottom-dwelling Kuban Krasnodar on Thursday and watching Valencia notch three points, Swansea now trails the Spanish side by a point through four matches and it's practically a two-club race for the top group spot. 


Valencia 3, St. Gallen 2

Aug 4, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;Valencia defender Joao Pereira (12) defends against Internazionale midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic (17) during the second half at Metlife Stadium. Valencia won the match 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY S
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As one club plummets, another club rises to the top with Valencia's win on Thursday propelling them to the top of Group A.

After about 70 minutes of play, it looked like St. Gallen would prevail to victory while Valencia were on the verge of defeat, down 2-1. But with St. Gallen relegated to 10 men, the Spanish side struck twice late.

In the 75th minute, Pablo Piatti netted an equalizer that was followed up by a goal from Sergio Canales Madrazo just 10 minutes later to go up for good, 3-2.

Things are far from secure for Valencia, who only lead Swansea by one point through four matches. It's safe to say that Group A will be one of the most hotly contested groups down the stretch.