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Europa League 2013 Results: Recapping Biggest Scores from Thursday's Action

SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 28:  Daniel Parejo of Valencia (r) celebrates the winning goal with team mates  during the  UEFA Europa League group A match between Swansea City and Valencia CF at Liberty Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2013

It's only appropriate that on Thanksgiving in the United States, you gorge yourself with some football of the ball-kicking variety.

Enough has been said about how far down the totem pole the Europa League is from the Champions League and almost every other major domestic league in Europe.

That doesn't mean there aren't some talented players and exciting matches to be had. Plenty of players, managers and clubs as a whole have cut their teeth in the Europa League before turning that into domestic and continental success.

There were 24 matches in all on Thursday, the results of which are listed below:

Europa League Results—Matchday 5
Home TeamResultAway Team
Group A
Kuban Krasnodar4-0St. Gallen
Swansea0-1Valencia
Group B
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad2-0PSV Eindhoven
Chornomorets Odesa2-1Dinamo Zagreb
Group C
Elfsborg0-1Salzburg
Esbjerg2-1Standard Liege
Group D
Rubin Kazan1-1Maribor
Wigan1-2Zulte-Waregem
Group E
Dnipro4-1Pandurii
Paços de Ferreira0-0Fiorentina
Group F
APOEL Nicosia0-0Maccabi Tel Aviv
Bordeaux0-1Eintracht Frankfurt
Group G
Rapid Wien2-1Thun
Genk3-1Dynamo Kyiv
Group H
Sevilla1-1Estoril
Liberec1-2Freiburg
Group I
Rijeka0-0Vitoria de Guimaraes
Lyon1-0Real Betis
Group J
Legia Warszawa0-2Lazio
Trabzonspor4-2Apollon Limassol
Group K
Anzhi Makhachkala1-1FC Sheriff
Tromso0-2Tottenham Hotspur
Group L
Shakhter Karagandy0-2PAOK Thessaloniki FC
AZ Alkmaar2-0Maccabi Haifa
UEFA

Among all the matches, these three from Matchday 5 stand out the most.

 

Swansea 0, Valencia 1

SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 28:  Swansea player Wilfried Bony goes down with an injury before being substituted during the  UEFA Europa League group A match between Swansea City and Valencia CF at Liberty Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Ph
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The good news for Swansea is that they control their own destiny in the Europa League. They just need to get the right result in their final group stage match, and they're through to the next round. Unlike many other English clubs, the Swans are taking the Europa League seriously and see the tournament as a great trophy to add to the cabinet.

It's Valencia, though, who have secured the top spot in Group A by virtue of their 1-0 win in the Liberty Stadium on Thursday. The Spanish club went four points clear of Swansea, meaning no matter what, it's won the group.

It was the typical kind of performance you'd expect with Valencia. They countered with long balls and played a direct style.

Although Swansea won't be too disappointed with the result, Sky Sports reported that Wilfried Bony suffered a hamstring injury and will miss the next few weeks. Although Bony has underwhelmed this season, he's put some good performances together recently. Losing him now could be a big blow for the Swans.

 

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 2, PSV Eindhoven 0

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 25:  Oscar Hiljemark of PSV in action during the Dutch Cup match between PSV Eindhoven and SC Stormvogels Telstar at the Philips Stadion on September 25, 2013 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Get
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It's a sad state of affairs in Dutch football. After Ajax's huge 2-1 win against Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven was right there to maintain order and continue what has been the Eredivisie's poor play in Europe.

This is a club that finished second in the Dutch first division last season. Despite being eighth in the table this year, there's a lot of talent on Eindhoven, and Phillip Cocu selected a strong side against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on Thursday.

But PSV suffered a 2-0 loss. Jeffrey Bruma was sent off in the 54th minute, which made it all the more difficult to equalize after Roman Bezjak's goal in the 38th minute. Bezjak added another in the 79th to put the match out of reach.

Although it came on the road, it's still a bad result for PSV Eindhoven, and the club now finds itself second in the table, level on points with FC Chornomorets Odesa. PSV will need a result in their final match if they want to advance.

 

Bordeaux 0, Eintracht Frankfurt 1

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND - JULY 25:  Bordeaux manager Francis Gillot during a Pre Season Friendly between Barnsley and Bordeaux at Oakwell Stadium on July 25, 2013 in Barnsley, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Bordeaux have been bad in Ligue 1 this season, and that poor form has spilled over into the Europa League. It's hard to believe that this is a club that won the league in 2008/09. Since then, it's been all downhill.

Francis Gillot even picked what was a fairly strong side, yet the French side still lost at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, who's 15th in the Bundesliga table and flirting with relegation.

This match was a classic case of one club wasting its opportunities and the other club making the most of them. Bordeaux had six shots on target, failing to score on any of them. Eintracht had just two shots on target but made one of them count in a big way.

With this result, Eintracht have won Group F, while Bordeaux are mathematically eliminated from advancing to the knockout stages.

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