UEFA Europa League 2013: Tottenham and Fiorentina stay perfect, Swansea draws

Stu Forster

It was another busy day across Europe as this season's edition of the Europa League reached the halfway point of the group stages.

Europa League Thursdays in Europe may not reach the interest levels that Champions League days get, but it certainly can't top the sheer number of games played on a single day. Not sure if that's something to celebrate but it's the best I have.

In the early games, a late red card and goal kept Liberec from closing the gap on first place Sevilla as the Spanish side holds a two-point lead in Group H despite today's draw. Wins for Lyon and Real Betis kept them tied at the top of Group I while Tottenham opened up a commanding five-point advantage in Group K thanks to their victory over Sheriff Tiraspol.

The late games on the schedule saw Swansea City stay at the top of Group A despite allowing a late equalizer against Kuban Krasnodar. The result allowed Valencia to close within a point of the group lead. Wigan Athletic remained unbeaten in group play, coming from behind to earn a draw against Rubin Kazan. Fiorentina looked strong again as well, seeing off Pandurii Targu-Jiu, 3-0.

SV Salzburg's 2-1 win over Standard Liege gets the award for strange match fact of the day as the two teams combined for as many red cards as goals (3).

Here's all the scores from Thursday's Europa League schedule.

Group A

Swansea City 1-1 Kuban Krasnodar

Valencia 5-1 St. Gallen

Group B

Chornomorets 0-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

Dinamo Zagreb 0-0 PSV Eindhoven

Group C

Elfsborg 1-2 Esbjerg

SV Salzburg 2-1 Standard Liege

Group D

Wigan Athletic 1-1 FK Rubin Kazan

Zulte-Waregem 1-3 NK Maribor

Group E

Fiorentina 3-0 Pandurii Targu-Jiu

Paços de Ferreira 0-2 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Group F

Bordeaux 2-1 Apoel Nicosia

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group G

Dynamo Kiev 3-0 FC Thun

Racing Genk 1-1 Rapid Vienna

Group H

Liberec 1-1 Sevilla FC

SC Freiburg 1-1 Estoril

Group I

Lyon 1-0 Rijeka

Real Betis 1-0 Guimaraes

Group J

Apollon Limassol 0-0 Lazio

Trabzonspor 2-0 Legia Warsaw

Group K

Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 Tromso

Sheriff Tiraspol 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Group L

Shakhter Karagandy 1-1 AZ Alkmaar

PAOK Salonika 3-2 Maccabi Haifa

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