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Europa League Results 2015: Group-Stage Scores, Updated Tables After Thursday

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2015

Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Europa League Group J soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Qarabag FK at the White Hart Lane stadium in London, England, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Qarabag FK 3-1 as they got their 2015 UEFA Europa League group stage off to a winning start on Thursday, while Liverpool drew 1-1 away at Bordeaux.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund needed a late winner as they edged past Krasnodar. In one of the most intriguing clashes of the night, Ajax were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Celtic.

Europa League Results
Team AScoreTeam B
Liberec0-1Braga
Rapid Wien2-1Villarreal
Sion2-1Rubin Kazan
Qabala0-0PAOK
Viktoria Plzen2-0Dinamo Minsk
Ajax2-2Celtic
Fenerbahce1-3Molde
Bordeaux1-1Liverpool
Napoli5-0Club Brugge
Groningen0-3Marseille
Midtjylland1-0Legia Warsaw
Asteras Tripolis1-1Sparta Prague
Lech Poznan0-0Belenenses
Fiorentina1-2Basel
Apoel Nicosia0-3Schalke 04
Dnipro1-1Lazio
Anderlecht1-1Monaco
Sporting Lisbon1-3Lokomotiv Moscow
Athletic Bilbao3-1Augsburg
Partizan3-2AZ Alkmaar
Saint-Etienne2-2Rosenborg
Tottenham Hotspur3-1Qarabag FK
Skenderbeu0-1Besiktas
BBC Sport

Here are all the results from Thursday's group-stage matches, complete with updated tables and a recap of the action.

Updated Tables
#Group APtsGroup BPtsGroup CPtsGroup DPts
1Molde3Sion3Dortmund3Napoli3
2Ajax1Bordeaux1PAOK1Midtjylland3
3Celtic1Liverpool1Qabala1Legia0
4Fenerbahce0Rubin0Krasnodar0Brugge0
#Group EPtsGroup FPtsGroup GPtsGroup HPts
1Plzen3Marseille3ASSE1Lokomotiv3
2Rapid3Braga3Rosenborg1Besiktas3
3Villarreal0Liberec0Dnipro1Skenderbeu0
4Minsk0Groningen0Lazio1Sporting0
#Group IPtsGroup JPtsGroup KPtsGroup LPts
1Basel3Spurs3Schalke3Athletic3
2Belenenses1Monaco1Asteras1Partizan3
3Poznan1Anderlecht1Sparta1AZ0
4Fiorentina0Qarabag0Apoel0Augsburg0
UEFA.com

Thursday Recap

A young Spurs side made life difficult for themselves against Qarabag, but a quickfire brace from Heung-Min Son rescued the three points.

Qarabag were 1-0 up through a penalty seven minutes in, Richard Almeida de Oliveira converting well after Kieran Trippier lived up to his name and clumsily felled Ansi Agolli.

The Lilywhites were level before the half-hour mark, though, as Son poked home an Erik Lamela corner from six yards out, completely unmarked by Qarabag's defence.

The South Korea international made it two just minutes later, exchanging the ball with Dele Alli and finishing calmly from close range. Squawka Football illustrated the forward's impressive display: 

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Both sides subsequently enjoyed plenty of chances in an entertaining end-to-end match, but it wasn't until late on that Lamela rounded off the victory with a sublime finish, latching onto Harry Kane's pass and dinking the ball deftly over the 'keeper in a one-on-one.

With the much tougher prospects of Monaco and Anderlecht yet to come, it was incredibly important Spurs claimed all three points.

Earlier, Borussia Dortmund started brightly in their match but found themselves a goal down after just 12 minutes when Pavel Mamaev turned in Fyodor Smolov's low cross, the winger having ghosted past Matthias Ginter into the area.

BVB continued to exert pressure through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Adnan Januzaj, and Ginter atoned for his error just before the break as he rose magnificently to meet Park Joo-Ho's whipped ball in. 

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Krasnodar goalkeeper Andriy Dykan continued to deny Dortmund after the break as he saved efforts from Januzaj, while Ilkay Gundogan was guilty of wastefulness as he sent several attempts wide.

Ginter turned provider late on as Dortmund's pressure again told, this time the German wreaking havoc down the right and delivering an excellent ball across goal for Park to seal the win with a diving header.

WhoScored.com highlighted Ginter's outstanding form:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Matthias Ginter: Has now directly contributed to 4 goals in his last 4 appearances for Dortmund (2 goals, 2 assists) http://t.co/OBM0k5uJcD

In one of the other earlier kick-offs, Liverpool took the lead in the second half against Bordeaux but could not hang on for all three points.

Philippe Coutinho struck the post from distance and Danny Ings saw his low effort saved, but Adam Lallana made no mistake with a fantastic goal as he nutmegged a defender on the edge of the area and curled his shot home. The Times' Tony Barrett praised the performances of youngsters Jordan Rossiter and Pedro Chirivella:

Tony Barrett @TonyBarrett

Slowly but surely, Rossiter and Chirivella are giving Liverpool more of a foothold in midfield. Both youngsters acquitting themselves well.

Bordeaux hit back, though, levelling through Jussie after Joe Gomez's failed clearance fell to the forward inside the box. Lallana admitted to BT Sport the result was a disappointment, but he highlighted Rossiter and Chirivella's efforts:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

"We would have taken a point before." Lallana reflects on a "positive performance" for @LFC. #UEL http://t.co/nte7zN3v0A

On the plus side for the Reds, they've got what in theory will be their most difficult match of the group stage over with and have a point to show for it, which stands them in fairly good stead. However, their inability to produce encouraging performances as a team or grind out results while underperforming is worrying.

Unless they can build up some confidence by returning to winning ways in the Premier League, Sion will have little to worry about in their next match on the back of their win against Rubin Kazan.

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